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A Brief Breyer History

4/6/2018 7:31 PM

Do you love our Breyer model horses? Breyer Animal Creations started out in the late 1940s as Breyer Modeling Company in Chicago, Illinois. Sam Stone and Charles Schiff made plastic parts for anything you can think of from airplanes to clocks in your home! When they received a special order in 1950 the Breyer Company changed forever….

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Mastercrafters, another Chicago based company that made clocks a...

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Bit of History on 368 Broadway

3/10/2018 12:36 PM

If you’ve ever been in our store, you’re likely to have noticed some features not often seen in retail spaces. Details like the marble bar that runs through the center of our shop like a spine, or the depositors’ station now home to yummy smelling soaps, or the not-so-subtle hint on the Broadway facade. Evidently, our building was a bank for a very long time. The current 368 Broadway building was ...

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The History of Horse Racing

3/9/2018 11:43 AM

Horse racing is one of the most ancient sports.  It can be dated back to the nomadic tribesmen of Central Asia racing horses since early domestication. The origin of modern racing started in the 12th century, when English Knights returned from crusades with Arabian horses. The Thoroughbred horse was produced when Arabian stallions were bred with English mares. This produced a horse with combined s...

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Posted in History Horse Racing Horses The Dark Horse By Impressions Saratoga

The Pressed Penny

2/23/2018 4:24 PM

Have you ever come to our store for a Pressed Penny? Our Penny Machine has been around for over 25 years now and had produced 34,000 pressed pennies… that is a lot of lucky Saratoga Pennies floating around the world!

Where did the pressed penny begin?

According to multiple sources the first documented pressed penny was made at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois from 1892-1893 to c...

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The Spirit of Life

2/16/2018 4:38 PM

                Prominently placed at the North West corner of Congress Park is one of Saratoga’s greatest treasures; The "Spirit of Life". This memorial was dedicated in 1915 to Spencer Trask (1844-1909) by his wife Katrina and his business partner George Foster Peabody. After the death of his first child Alanson, Spencer bought an estate in Saratoga Springs hoping the distance would help his wif...

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Posted in History By Impressions Saratoga

Saratoga is known for its “Health, History, and Horses”… the spring water, the turning point of the revolutionary war, and thoroughbred racing are just some of those examples. But did you know that because of Saratoga Springs we also have these ten things:

The Potato Chip: Many people know the story of the potato chip. In 1853, George Crum, the cook at Moons Lake House sliced potatoes paper thin, s...

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Meet Kathryn!

2/6/2017 2:27 PM

This winter we thought we would take some time to introduce you to our awesome Impressions staff, or as we like to call them; family! Many of us have been here a long time and all of us spend a lot of time together. We are not only co-workers but friends. We want to share with you a little bio about each of us! We decided to start with Kathryn. This summer she will be celebrating her 5 year annive...

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Willie Knapp, A Dark Horse Jockey

10/27/2016 11:21 AM

Born in Chicago in 1888 William Knapp was born into the racing world, his father worked at Hawthorne Race Track and he became an exercise rider at age 10. When he turned 13 he became a jockey. He weighed in at only 56 pounds, about how much a single bale of hay weighs. For the first few years of his racing career he rode in the Midwest racing circuit. He faced some challenges when he tried to more...

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Posted in History By Maddy Zanetti
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Every part of the Canfield Casino was meticulously planned. No detail was missed. Charlie pointed out that the side entrance used to be the front entrance so people could see who was coming in and going to the Casino from their seats on the hotel porches. Seeing the distinguished patrons of the Casino, made others want to be a part of the social scene. It is hard to say how Morrissey could afford ...

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Creating the Perfect Casino

6/6/2016 9:38 AM

Creating the perfect casino has many challenges. It is a controversial business and can easily be put into negative light. Many gambling houses in the 1800s were corrupted and shady. They were looked down on by churches, politicians, and the “upper class”… even though you were likely to find someone from all of the organizations at the Canfield Casino. But Morrissey and Canfield were very smart, a...

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Posted in History By Maddy Zanetti

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