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Door Handle


New Haven has better reason than most to get a handle on its doors. This dates back at least as far as the Revolutionary War, when British soldiers spent the first week of July 1779 raiding towns on the Connecticut …

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Magic Bond


Seven years ago, magician Nelson Nicholson guided me through his Orange estate. The puzzle box of a home, the result of 13 separate additions, was filled with artifacts from the golden age of magic—between 1890ish and 1920ish, before film captured …

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Keyed Up


Who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp?

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Object Permanence


Organized by Puritan settlers in 1639, Center Church on the Green is New Haven’s founding congregation. It served as the city’s established, tax-funded church until disestablishment came to Connecticut in 1818—not long after its current building, designed after St Martin-in-the-Fields …

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Ghost Town

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Darkness has just settled over Milford’s Hotchkiss Bridge when a lantern begins bobbing across it. The city’s early settlers landed near here in 1639. The harbor beneath the bridge once bustled with boat-building, rum-trading and other salty business, the young …

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A time traveler from New Haven’s colonial days would barely recognize it today. …

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Face Value


A photo essay.

Published in 1902, my copy of Commemorative Biographical Record of New Haven, County, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and of Many of the Early Settled Families is nearly five inches and 2,000 pages thick…

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There’s a certain level of risk to being a state capital. If, despite your advantages, another state city surpasses you in measures like population, economy or culture, it can lead to perpetual snubbing…

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Alpha Male


The letter A “is the first letter of the Alphabet in most of the known languages of the earth…

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Ups and Downs (pt. 3)


A photo essay. To view all 22 images, including this one at a larger size, check out the email edition.

Six years ago, in two parts, Daily Nutmeg told the story of a pair of rare and endangered historic …

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