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July 1980: Buffalo's early power was in its banks

Thirty-five years ago this month, The News began celebrating the 100th anniversary of the paper starting a daily edition.

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In the special section called One Hundred Years of Finance and Commerce, The News recounted the history of a handful of Buffalo’s financial and commercial industries, and provided ad space for many companies involved in those industries to tout their own contributions.

In 1980, many of the big names in Buffalo banking — Marine Midland, M&T, Western, Buffalo Savings, and Liberty — all would have been familiar to Buffalonians 100 years before.  Thirty-five years later, only M&T remains.

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