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On July 13, 1865, New York had one of the most disastrous fires in its history. One of the casualties was America’s first museum, P. T. Barnum American Museum. Located at the corner of Broadway and Ann, it first opened … Continue reading

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It is easy to write-off Sonny Bono as a second-rate singer, third-rate actor and fourth-rate political minion. And for good reason. Historically it could be said his greatest achievement in the world of entertainment the discovery of Cher who is … Continue reading

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Nothing pictures. We all have them. Photographs of, well, nothing in particular. Not worth savings because, you know, well, there was nothing of importance in the photograph. Like this one. It would never appear in a book—for good reason—because, well, … Continue reading

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My father was an Italian Jewish Holocaust refugee. He arrived in New York on the eve of World War II. He spoke three living languages and read two dead ones. He learned English in the American army and said it … Continue reading

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Bitcoins and money. Prior to Alaska statehood, there is a dearth of coins.   BIG transactions were on paper but the nickel-and-dime transactions were difficult on stores’ books.  So Alaskan businesses coined their own money.  Called “bingles,” they were widely accepted.  … Continue reading

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In the 1870s, America’s foremost – and first – political cartoonist, Thomas Nast, attacked Boss Tweed with pen-and-ink. Tweed and his political cronies were draining New York to an extent that is staggering even today. It seems everyone in the … Continue reading

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If you live in New York, you will instantly recognize this building. If you don’t live in New York, it is the Flatiron Building. It was the first steel skyscraper to be built in New York. In 1903. At that … Continue reading

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Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. This is Wojtek.  The bear, that is. He was purchased as a cub by Polish troops in Iran during the Second World War. (Polish troops?  In Iran?).  Since there was no food for civilians … Continue reading

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Here’s one for the history books! In 2011, photographer David Slater went to Indonesia to shoot photos of black macaques. (Macaques are birds.) Some curious monkeys gathered so Salter allowed the monkeys to take selfies, like this one. The photographs … Continue reading

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In 1910, Victor Berger, a founding member of the Socialist Party of America, was elected to the United States House of Representatives representing Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Russian Revolution had not occurred so being a Socialist was not a big deal. … Continue reading

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