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Snapshots: Wondrous Helio-Copter Float, 1940

Snapshots: Wondrous Helio-Copter Float, 1940

May 1940- Winning float in the 1940 Memorial Day parade, Manufacturer’s Division. The Samson Aeronautical Manufacturing Company’s entry, featuring a scale model of a “Personal Helio-copter.” Local aerospace magnate Lemuel Samson (he of the tiny homes of Samson Heights) would eventually let his obsession with this mode of transport ruin his company and deplete his…

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Snapshots: Secession Day Parade (1940)

Snapshots: Secession Day Parade (1940)

A parade in Upper Carsonhurst, celebrating their vote for secession from the city in May, 1940. Two months later, a judge overturned the measure, ruling that the city’s 1919 annexation of the area was inviolable. The ensuing riots in July claimed the lives of two firefighters and three citizens. - RJ White.

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The End of the Thanksgiving Baby

The End of the Thanksgiving Baby

More than a few protest groups will be pleased to know that this will be the first Thanksgiving in forty-two years to go without the annual crowning of the Thanksgiving Baby. Long-time residents of the city may have enjoyed watching the annual protests as much as the crowning. At last count, more than fifty groups…

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What A Character! – Fatty Turkey

What A Character! – Fatty Turkey

A recurring series in which we take a look back at the city’s most familiar advertising icons. From the annals of spokesfigures whose time had come and gone before they’d even arrived, there’s Fatty Turkey, the eponymous mascot of Fatty Turkey Brand Whole Frozen Turkeys. A subsidiary spawned from McLaren Preservatives, the Fatty Turkey Brand…

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Thanksgiving and the night before

Tonight is the busiest bar night of the year, often resulting in several impromptu semi-reunions around the city. After the cut, a partial list as to which bars serve as gathering places for alumni from area schools. :: Central South H.S. – Rafferty’s :: Eastern H.S. – The Bell Jar :: Woodrow Wilson H.S. –…

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Friday Facts: Turkey, Lights, Abzug

Friday Facts: Turkey, Lights, Abzug

:: Thanksgiving dinners served by St. Lauren’s shelter in 2005: 351 :: Thanksgiving dinners served by the Oak Room at the Ritz-Carlton in 2005: 138 :: Where both establishments have purchased their turkeys for the last 85 years: DiNardi’s Meats :: Number of lights used in the Mabel Tripp Gardens annual Festival of Lights holiday…

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Friday Facts: Diebold, Orange Julius, Farley

Friday Facts: Diebold, Orange Julius, Farley

:: Number of formal complaints about electronic voting machines in Tuesday’s election: 435 :: Number of these complaints which came from districts actually using electronic voting machines in Tuesday’s election: 428 :: City’s Oldest Library: The Mechanics Association Private Membership Library, Halpern between 5th and 6th (est. 1842) :: Current Mechanics Library cardholders: 1,459 (down…

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