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The Ninth Avenue Elevated Train Crash Of 1905

 In 1905, The Worst Elevated Train Accident In New York’s History Occurred For as long as you live September 11 will be remembered as the date of  the terrorist attacks on America that brought down the World Trade Center towers. … Continue reading

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The 1904 General Slocum Disaster Had Survivors That Lived Into The 21st Century

Catherine Connelly & Adella Wotherspoon, General Slocum Survivors, Lived To Ages 109 & 100 The Story of The General Slocum Steamship Disaster June 15, 2014 marks the 110th anniversary of what had been New York’s biggest disaster and loss of … Continue reading

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Classic Hollywood #30

The Strange Tale Of How Obi-Wan Kenobe (Sir Alec Guinness) Eerily And Accurately Told James Dean He Was Going To Die In His New Car James Dean is seen here talking to one of his “girlfriends,” the 19-year-old Swiss actress … Continue reading

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The World’s First Fatal Plane Crash Could Have Killed The President – 1908

Orville Wright Of Wright Brothers Fame Piloted The First Fatal Airplane Crash Everyone knows that the Wright Brothers undertook the world’s first successful motorized airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, NC in 1903. What most people do not know is that … Continue reading

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Old New York In Postcards #8 – Dreamland Coney Island Part 2

Coney Island’s Dreamland Amusement Park 1904-1911 – Part 2 Continuing from part one of our postcard journey through Dreamland Amusement Park at Coney Island, we examine the other features of the park. At the turn of the century, dancing was … Continue reading

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The Strange Origin Of Modern Building Fire Laws In Britain

Why Every Employee Must Be Able To Reach A Fire Exit In Under Two And A Half Minutes The Telegraph just featured an interesting interview with Professor of Fire and Structures at Edinburgh University, Luke Bisby. Professor Bisby does something … Continue reading

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Old New York in Photos #32

1915 Subway Explosion Kills Seven, Injures Scores: 7th Avenue Between 24th and 25th Streets This photograph taken on September 24, 1915 looking east across Seventh Avenue between 25th and 24th Streets shows the extent of a tragedy that took the … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Brooklyn Elevated Train Crash Of 1923

June 25, 1923 Intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues “Those who died were fortunate it seemed to me when I looked inside the cars. As long as I live I can never forget it. All the people were in a … Continue reading

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Was Only One Piece Of Baggage Saved From the Titanic?

The Baggage Mystery of The Titanic We continue from last week to look at the lesser known stories surrounding the sinking of the Titanic. This time we examine the story of the one piece of baggage that seems to have made it … Continue reading

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How’d She Do That?

No Jokes About Women Drivers Please This unusual accident with a car climbing a telephone pole occurred in Akron, OH on May 14, 1936. The caption for this news photograph is “Lois Gerstenmaer somehow managed to get her car into … Continue reading

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