This Day in New Haven History

Russian Deals, Promises Of Jobs

by Allan Appel | Feb 2, 2017 12:03 pm

Lego Company Photo Domestically the country remains bitterly divided and the losers simply do not want to accept the results, and are turning to violence to make their points.

And not only that: in foreign relations those pesky Russians are at it again, and the Senate just doesn’t have solons of the stature of old to meet the new threat.

It seems that the only hope, the only thing people on all sides might agree on, is a vast infrastructure project.

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Muscle Head

by Allan Appel | Jan 20, 2017 7:56 am

In 1905, the director of the Yale gymnasium thought he could measure your thoughts by increasing blood flow to your brain if you simply submitted to his newfangled “muscle bed.”  You definitely need to read this on Inauguration Day. Welcome to This Day In Weird Men’s Fitness History as your regular host Allan Appel and the New Haven Museum’s Jason Bischoff-Wurstle take you back.

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Trust Busted

by Allan Appel | Jan 18, 2017 10:20 pm

In 1905, the super rich were getting richer through ownership of U.S. Steel preferred stock certificates, and too many New Haveners owned too many “common” shares that “could hardly be exchanged today for a yeast cake.” Welcome to This Day In Trust-Busting History as your host Allan Appel and regular co-pilot Jason Bischoff-Wurstle of the New Haven Museum take you back.

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Icy Stares

by Allan Appel | Jan 18, 2017 7:51 am

In 1905, an op-ed writer in the Saturday Chronicle assured us that the winter blues or a “groutch” could be assuaged by going skating. Welcome to This Day In Skating As Therapy History as your host Allan Appel and regular co-pilot, Jason Bischoff-Wurstle of the New Haven Museum, take you back.

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Brawl In The Family

by Allan Appel | Jan 17, 2017 7:39 am

In 1905, a music bar or pub was called a “resort.” Today’s Crown Street student club scene was over on Orange Street, and neighbors, then as now, were plenty pissed off. Welcome to This Day In Rocky Town/Gown History as your host Allan Appel and regular co-pilot, Jason Bischoff-Wurstle of the New Haven Museum, take you back.

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MLK Stood Up JFK On Inauguration Day

by Allan Appel | Jan 16, 2017 7:50 am | Comments (1)

In January 1961, Martin Luther King declined an invitation from John F. Kennedy to attend his inauguration.

Two weeks, later, however, King was in communication with the new young president urging him to use executive orders, the moral suasion of the newly occupied bully pulpit, and whatever other means he had available to combat racial discrimination.

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Look Out, Boy Scouts

by Allan Appel | Dec 23, 2016 12:02 am

In 1916, the A.C. Gilbert Company of Erector Set fame was pitching “Brik-tor,” a new toy that they were marketing by trying to organize engineering clubs for boys to rival the Boy Scouts. Meanwhile, over at Shartenberg’s department store, they were selling Jordans — not the sneakers, but Ned Jordan’s new automobile, where the trick was he manufactured nothing but assembled the vehicle from parts bought from other companies. Welcome to This Day In Erector Set History as your host Allan Appel and Jason Bischoff-Wurstle of the New Haven Museum time-travel back to Christmas of that year.

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Electric Ladyland

by Allan Appel | Dec 22, 2016 8:01 am

At Christmas time in 1916, the United Illuminating Company was eager for the housewives of New Haven to put away their washboards and instead invest big time in a whole array of new electrical appliances, including a washing machine that put clothes through the wringer, and, yes, an electric vibrator to relax with after the wash is done. Welcome to This Day In Appliance-Buying History as Allan Appel and Jason Bischoff-Wurstle of the New Haven Museum time take you back.

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Home Front

by Allan Appel | Dec 21, 2016 7:55 am | Comments (1)

In 1917, America had just entered the war in Europe and the writers of a Saturday Chronicle article declared that the gifts Connecticut boys on the front lines in France were receiving were a darn sight better than what they experienced as young soldiers in the Civil War. Welcome to This Day In Christmas At The Front History as your time-traveling host Allan Appel and Jason Bischoff-Wurstle of the New Haven Museum take you back.

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