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Aug. 26, 1959: Buffalo's street cleaners weren't always machines

“Street cleaner” today conjures an image of a big vehicle with big brushes on the front. Not so long ago, a street cleaner wasn’t a machine — but a man.

Here’s a street cleaner, the human variety, wiping his brow during a heat wave that hit the city 55 years ago today.

"It isn’t the heat or the humidity — it’s both"

“Jack Petrotto, cleaning Delaware Ave. near Skyway entrance, takes time to wipe his brow.”

26 aug 1959 street cleaner

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