Troyan Summer

Back on July 23rd,1926, Troy was hit with one of the hottest heatwaves in the history of the city. The world looked like it was ending, and staying in and having that last glass of wine at home seemed like the best option.

by Michael Valiquette

Back on July 23rd,1926, Troy was hit with one of the hottest heatwaves in the history of the city. Thermostats reached 100 and plus degrees, dogs were maddened by the heat, and the streets were so warm and dry than when the windstorm arrived, pedestrians were being hit with dust right in their eyes. The world looked like it was ending, and that last glass of wine at home seemed like the best option.

Photography: Michael Valliquette
Assistance: Kelsey Renko


human subject resting on yellow and green couch
Troy NY Newspaper page with a highlighted quote saying that the highest official temperature was 107 in Hagerstown
human subject resting on yellow and green couch shoulder because of heatwave
glass of wine resting on coffee table with sun shinning over it
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For this editorial, we dug into some old Troy NY Times newspaper archives. We matched them to the photos from NY photographer Michael Valiquette to convey the concept behind this shoot, which actually happened on one of the hottest days of the year. Easily one of my favorite images ever taken of me, I am fortunate to be able to collaborate with such talented individuals like Michael.

Troy NY Times Images Source: fultonhistory.com

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