A collection of hundreds of pictures of servicemen and women is the lasting legacy of a tavern owner in upstate New York.

Charlie Siciliano's restaurant is long gone from the streets of Mechanicville 70 years after the war ended. But the black-and-white portraits he took endure.

Kimberly Guise is a curator at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. She says the quality, size and longevity of the Siciliano collection make it "completely unique" among known WWII collections.

The collection now hangs in the local history room of the Mechanicville Public Library.