Flatbush + Main Episode 13: A Year of Podcasting Brooklyn History

In Episode 13 of Brooklyn Historical Society’s podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia celebrate the podcast’s first birthday by looking back on the year’s most memorable segments and guests.

Index

02:38 – Histories and Ideas
18:20 – Into the Archives
33:57 – Voices of Brooklyn

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Segment 1: Histories and Ideas

Revisiting interviews from episodes one, three, six, and eleven, Zaheer and Julie reflect on a year of brilliant guests and engaging conversation. They discuss the challenges and the value of understanding our current time through the lens of the past.

Segment 2: Into the Archives

Julie and Zaheer return to their favorite segments on archives from episodes two, four, and seven. They consider the stories that can be gleaned from different kinds of historical documents, and consider the archives as both a repository and as a process.

Segment 3: Voices of Brooklyn

Through different oral history clips from episodes seven and eleven, Zaheer and Julie consider the inherent tensions in curating and analyzing oral histories for this segment of the podcast.

Segment 4: Endorsements

Julie endorsed “Bringing Truth Back: Reporting Facts in a Post-Truth Era,” a BHS program on May 2, 2017 at 6:30pm. A panel including Laura McGann, deputy managing editor of the Politics and Policy desk at Vox; Brian Stelter, Senior Media Correspondent for CNN and host of the network’s media analysis series Reliable Sources; Nicole Hemmer, political historian and author of Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics; and Sopan Deb, culture writer for the New York Times and former embedded reporter on the 2016 Republican presidential campaign discuss what it means to report the news in the age of “alternative facts.” Get tickets here.

Zaheer endorsed “Talking Privilege with Hari Kondabolu and Jordan Carlos,” a BHS program on May 9, 2017 at 7pm. Comedians Hari Kondabolu and Jordan Carlos tackle the tricky topic of privilege in an unmoderated, one-on-one conversation. Get tickets here.

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Photo of the Week: Housing and Building Research

[#1661-1665 85th Street.], 1958, v1974.4.491; John D. Morrell photographs, ARC.005; Brooklyn Historical Society.

[#1661-1665 85th Street.], 1958, v1974.4.491; John D. Morrell photographs, ARC.005; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Housing and building research is one of the most popular research topics at Brooklyn Historical Society. The library and archival collections include a variety of materials that are helpful in understanding the history of Brooklyn neighborhoods, blocks and buildings. If you’re interested in diving into your own housing research, be sure to check out our Housing and Building Research guide that outlines a detailed listing of resources available at BHS and elsewhere. There is also an exciting program this Sunday If These Walls Could Talk where Elizabeth Call, former Head of Reference & User Services at the Brooklyn Historical Society, will lead a hands-on workshop on Brooklyn housing research.

One excellent resource for housing research is the John D. Morrell photographs collection comprised of over 2,000 photographs documenting almost every Brooklyn neighborhood from 1957-1974. John Morrell was a graduate of Pratt Institute and an assistant librarian at Long Island Historical Society (now Brooklyn Historical Society) for many years. The photo of the week depicts homes located at #1661-1665 85th Street between 16th Avenue and 17th Avenue in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn. This collection is fully digitized and available online.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

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Photo of the Week: Brooklyn Pets

Cat [in flower garden], 1967, v1988.12.134; Otto Dreschmeyer Brooklyn slides, v1988.12; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Cat [in flower garden], 1967, v1988.12.134; Otto Dreschmeyer Brooklyn slides, v1988.12; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Pet photography appears almost immediately after photography was introduced in the mid-19th century. The first known photograph of a dog was a daguerreotype title Poodle with a Bow, on a Table by an unknown photographer in the 1850s. It’s clear from the photographic collections at Brooklyn Historical Society that Brooklyites love their pets! There are hundreds of pet photographs in our collections and many of them are digitized and available online. You can see some here and here.

The photo of the week depicts a cat in a flower garden around 1967. I love the color palette in this photograph and how the orange flowers pick up the orange markings on the cat. This photograph is from the Otto Dreschmeyer Brooklyn slides collection comprised of 157 photographic slides from 1965 to 1968. Most of the collection includes photographs taken by Dreschmeyer of Brooklyn, likely using a Hasselblad camera. There are also images that depict parts of Queens and Lower Manhattan. To see more photographs from this collection, check out this gallery.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

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Photo of the Week: Aerial Photography

Our City, 1926, v1972.1.1266; Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection, ARC.201; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Our City, 1926, v1972.1.1266; Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection, ARC.201; Brooklyn Historical Society.

This aerial photograph depicts downtown Brooklyn (foreground), the East River (middle), and Manhattan (background) in 1926. When this photo was taken, aerial photography had been in existence for nearly 70 years. In 1858, French portrait photographer Gaspard Felix Tournachon shot the earliest-known aerial photograph from a tethered balloon. Unfortunately, that image does not survive. The earliest known aerial photograph still in existence was taken of downtown Boston in 1860 by James W. Black and Samuel A. King. By 1903, photographers experimented with other methods to capture aerial images, including attaching breast-mounted cameras to carrier pigeons and mounting cameras to small rockets.

Airplanes radically changed the use of aerial photography as photographers soared higher to capture the perfect shot. During World War I, the military used aerial photography to create battle maps. Following the war, non-military uses of aerial photography—like this cityscape—grew in popularity. We don’t know much about this photograph from 1926, but it may have been created for surveying purposes.

Today, aerial photographs are used in technical and creative ways, from government and commercial purposes to artistic imagery. The technique has certainly come a long way from carrier pigeons and tethered balloons!

This photograph comes from the Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection comprised of roughly 1,400 black-and white photographs taken by various photographers from 1860 to 1920. Some highlights include many views of Coney Island and Prospect Park. To view more photographs from this collection, check out this gallery.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

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