Monthly Archives: September 2011

Brooklyn Photo of the Week: WWI Rally for Sale of War Stamps

This photo, taken near Borough Hall, shows a sale of war savings stamps (hence the “W.S.S.” on the sign) to support the nation’s troops in World War I. Examples of these stamps, sold during WWI and WWII, can be seen … Continue reading

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Farm maps

On Wednesday, Sept. 21st, BHS held its annual fundraiser Brooklyn Bounty, which is a wonderful event celebrating the borough’s food culture and sustainability movements. This year we also displayed historic maps illustrating Brooklyn’s farming history and pre-industrial landscape. In this … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Photo of the Week: Gotham Theatre and East New York Junction

This postcard depicts a typical Brooklyn street scene from the 1890s, showing horse-drawn vehicles, trolleys, and one of the city’s newly-constructed elevated rail lines. The Gotham Theatre, on the right side of this image, was located near the intersection of … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Photo of the Week: Early Brooklyn Farm

This photograph shows a view of Brooklyn unlike any you might find today. When this photo was taken in 1880, Brooklyn was the country’s second largest producer of vegetables. Though twenty-first century Brooklyn is much more urban, it remains the … Continue reading

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What Are You?

Today’s guest post is by Jen Chau, founder of Swirl, a multi-ethnic, anti-racist organization that promotes cross-cultural dialogue.  “What are you?” is one of those questions like “Where are you from, I mean from from?” that people pose (sometimes ungracefully) … Continue reading

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