Many people talk about the good old days, but how far would you go to bring them back? One Fulton County man has been collecting local memorabilia for more than 50 years. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, residents in the Mohawk Valley can now visit the glory days by taking a step inside his Town Line Museum.
FULTON COUNTY, N.Y. -- You may blink and think you stepped into a time machine, one that brought you back to the Gloversville area in 1962 to be exact.
"1962, greatest year ever," said Bob Landrio.
A year Landrio relives over and over again.
"I was 14 at that time and it was a transition time for boys my age that were still playing," Landrio said.
He's saved every toy he ever played with.
Landrio said, "We were getting interested in girls, going to the movies, going to dances."
And of course getting some sweet treats.
"It brings me back to all of Gloversville because we rode our bikes down to different ice cream parlors, stopped at Leonzo's for a seven cent garlic stick," said Landrio.
Landrio's self-funded Town Line Museum in Johnstown is a shrine to a much simpler time he built with his father.
Landrio said, "In '62, he became a firemen and that was a big change in life for us."
And it was all of the changes in Landrio's life that made him so nostalgic. After returning from serving in the Vietnam War in the seventies, Landrio was disappointed many of the places he built memories at had closed down.
"It was a very big letdown. All I had were my few things that I saved, my juke boxes, so I figured I'd build my own nostalgia and live with it at home," said Landrio.
Now with pieces of history from different businesses all over the region, Landrio is inviting others to stop by and take a walk down memory lane.
"I want them to relive the times that they grew up in," Landrio said.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Town-Line-Museum/444219482324988.