Tag Archives: history

Magic Bond

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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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Object Permanence

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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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Old-Timers

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

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Face Value

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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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Uncapitalized

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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

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

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Troup Formation

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Connecticut voted for the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote, on September 14, 1920. That same day, the state lost one of its most ardent and least recognized suffragists, Augusta Lewis Troup. …

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Street Smarts

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As we learned during our last look at the stories behind New Haven’s street names, assumptions can lead you away from the truth. …

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Memory Lanes

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What’s in a name? Let’s take it to the streets. …

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End in Sight

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A photo essay. To view all 17 photos, check out the email edition.

Several years ago, I spied something tantalizing behind the Winchester Lofts parking lot: an opening. …

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