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Section: New York City History (Prior to 1900)
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08/02/2011

"Not that which men do worthily, but that which they do successfully, is what history makes haste to record."   H. W. Beecher:  Life Thoughts, 1858

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Section: Architecture
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08/02/2011

  "No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect.  If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder."  John Ruskin 1819-1900

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Section: The Arts
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08/02/2011

" We must grant the artist his subject, his idea, his donné: our criticism is applied only to what he makes of it. " Henry James 1843-1916

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Section: A Walk Down Memory Lane-New York City Recollections
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08/02/2011

"Of All the faculties of the human mind that of memory is the first which suffers decay from age."  Thomas Jefferson: Letter to B.H. Latrobe, 1812.

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Section:  Behind The Camera's Eye: A Nostalgic View of Vintage New York City
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08/02/2011

The photographs and paintings that are presented here are from a wide variety of artists exhibited on various websites. This treasure trove of collected prints, rich with sentimental or narrative association reflect urban life in vintage NYC. It is evident that the works of these photographers or painters inspired by different motivations and purposes, are dedicated to educate the citizens  in its complex city history. Let us all be grateful for their wonderful contribution.
 
Section: Bibliography
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

This material  is part of the private collection of Miriam Medina, used as the basis for many of the articles posted throughout The History Box Website. Further publication information for any source listed is readily available through all major search engines. Any reproduction of contents appearing on other websites is purely coincidental, unless otherwise indicated.
 
Section: Biographical Sketches
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

Brief biographical summaries of notable men and women who have contributed to our culture in many different ways. They are religious and literary scholars, writers, artistic achievers, civil rights crusaders, educators and many others of the professional world.

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Section: Broadway
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08/02/2011

"Once famous for it's aristocratic residences, then retail Trades, and then for Theaters. Today the word "Broadway" connotes the "jazz" side of the great city's life, though those noisy activities occupy only a few blocks north of Forty-second Street, the so-called "roaring forties" around Times Square.

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Section: Business Matters 
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

"The business of America is business"  Calvin Coolidge 1872-1933  A review of New York City's economic history.

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Section: Cemeteries 
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08/02/2011

"The fence around a cemetery is foolish, for those inside can't get out and those outside don't want to get in."  Arthur Brisbane 1923

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Section: Census  
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08/02/2011

Find your ancestors in census records.  Helpful information regarding the census.

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Special Section: Chronology Of New York City's Factual "First"       1524-1999
Researched and Compiled by Miriam Medina
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08/02/2011

NYC's history of over 350 years deserves attention as one of the world's most magnificent cities.
My list encompassing 1600 to the 1900s will , I hope, prove grist for the mill of your curious mind. Articles:
 
Section: City Government 
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

"There is one thing better than good government, and that is government in which all the people have a part."  Walter Hines 1855-1918

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Section: Clubs, Societies and Organizations 
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08/02/2011

"An assembly of good fellows, meeting under certain conditions"  Samuel Johnson: 1755

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Section: Communications
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08/02/2011

The act of imparting, transmitting, exchanging ideas, information between places or persons. Newspapers, radio, television, telephones, sign language and especially photography are many forms of communication. Professor Norman Thorpe, curator makes a statement regarding photography: "The photos show us things we would otherwise have to imagine from verbal descriptions." "That's why photos are so important they tell us so much more than any text does."

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Section: Crime and Consequences
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08/02/2011

"Providence sees to it that no man gets happiness out of crime."  Vittorio Alfieri: 1785

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Section: Directories  (Manhattan Only)
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08/02/2011

"Alphabetical or Classified list of names and addresses of Inhabitants or businesses of New York City"

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Section: Diseases, Epidemics, Control and Prevention
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08/02/2011

"Cholera : Little was known of this pestilence, except its awful fatality, but the tales of travelers had endowed it with powers as supernatural as they were malignant. It was said to be clothed with the intelligence of direction; to travel as unswervingly as a bird's flight, and at the daily rate of a man's walk. " NYC's early immigrants lived in tenement housing amid the crime, filth and disease.

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Section: Down and Out With No Place To Go: New York City's Homeless
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

Statistics  say  that approximately 100,000 New Yorkers experience street homelessness each year and that the City shelter system accommodates at least 38,000 of these homeless individuals on a daily basis, among which are included 16,000 children . This section also contains a narration written by Miriam Medina on New York City's Homeless, past and present by the title of : "Once Upon A Time, Home Sweet Home."

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Section: Education 
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

"Is not a dead mass of accumulation but self development, Power to work with the brain, To use the hand in cunning & curious industries, To use the tongue in attractive & effective speech, To use the pen in wise, witty or weighty paragraphs." Author Unknown

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Section: E-Books Online
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08/02/2011

Books by famous authors. The Reader's Corner  "When the mind is enlarged, the body is at ease"

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Section: Entertainment
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08/02/2011

Relive the Oldies, Theatre, The Arts, Attractions, Dance, Vaudevillians and much more.

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Section: Ethnic Groups 
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08/02/2011

Leaving their homeland behind, with only the clothes on their back and valuable things in their hearts and minds, such as (family memories, songs, culture, skills, stories from their home land, traditions and  foods) they went to America, the gateway to the realization of their hopes and dreams of a new and better  life.

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Section: Fashion Center 
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08/02/2011

"What has been the fashion once will come into fashion again"  Japanese proverb

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Section: Fifth Avenue, Manhattan 
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08/02/2011

"The Elite Street of the Victorian Era" The most prominent and richest names of New York Society  lived on Fifth Avenue during the Gilded Era. Fifth Avenue was  lined with spacious and elegant homes. Special eclectic qualities of class and fashion were attached to its name. "

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Section: Finding Aids
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08/02/2011

To assist you in locating manuscripts, special collections, papers and records of Authors, Individuals, Publishers, Institutions and Organizations.

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Section: The Five Boroughs of New York City   
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

The five boroughs that comprise New York City, have their own splendid landmarks, treasured historical sites and rich history, as well as their share of occurrences of major disasters and catastrophes resulting from natural causes and acts of man. The history of a city that deserves to be studied or known for its continual struggle to survive economically, to make the streets safe from violent crimes, as well as to accommodate the masses of  impoverished immigrants and migrants.

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Section: Forty-Second Street   
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

Broadway and 42d Street is the greatest amusement area in the world. The time to see it, for its lights and its crowds, is at night, between 8 and 12. The annual New Year's Eve is celebrated here. Formerly Longacre Square, Times Square entered the nation's consciousness in 1904, when it was renamed after the New York Times building that became the cornerstone of the new district.

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Section: Genealogy Resources  
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

Help in finding the elusive ancestors.  Genealogy: "An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own"  Ambrose Bierce: The Devil's Dictionary, 1906

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Section: Harlem, New York City
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

Read neighborhood stories, know the people of Harlem, their traditions, culture, and contributions to the history of New York City. Visit the famous nightclubs and theaters, where the best of entertainment was enjoyed, as well as the Italian Feasts of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

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Section: Helpful Hints  
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

Information on how to take care of antiques, professional and other domestic issues

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Section: Hey Mom, What's Cooking? 
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08/02/2011

Interesting recipes, articles of interest with a touch of humor

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Section: The History Box Presents: Images of the Past New York City History
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

"The photos show us things we would otherwise have to imagine from verbal descriptions."   Professor Norman Thorpe
I hope these pictures can give you some feeling for the early architecture and history of New York  City. New images will be posted from time to time.
 
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08/02/2011

You're The Writer At The History Box.com This section gives an opportunity for you to be the author

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Section: Hotels , Apartment Houses of New York City  
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

"It used to be a good hotel, but that proves nothing-I used to be a good boy."  S.L. Clemens (Mark Twain)  April 19, 1867

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Section: Immigration
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," excerpt from “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

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Section: Inns, Taverns, Restaurants"
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

"There is nothing which has been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn." Samuel Johnson: March 21, 1776

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Section: Institutions of New York City 
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08/02/2011

"Individuals may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation." Benjamin Disraeli: 1866

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Section: The Legal System
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08/02/2011

"Courts of Justice cautiously abstain from deciding more than what the immediate point submitted to their consideration requires."  Mr. Justice Nicholl, deceased 1822

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Section: List Of History Box's Transcribed Articles By Section
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.  Samuel Johnson 1775. The articles which I have transcribed to this website are from newspapers and books, ensuring that they are from reliable, credible sources, as I scrutinize them for historical accuracy. This section is a source of quality information for researchers, historians, literary scholars, writers, historical societies and academic institutions.
 

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Section: Literary Center 
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing" Benjamin Franklin 1706-90

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Section: Long Island Information  
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08/02/2011

Lots of Interesting information on the history of Long Island. Groups of wealthy individuals developed fine oceanfront hotels in Rockaway, Long Beach and other areas in Long Island. During the summer months, the wealthy members of society would go to their favorite hotels and private residences. Millions enjoyed the long days they spent with family and friends at the beach, followed by a trip to Playland.

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Section: Medical
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08/02/2011

List of physicians, hospitals for 1935 and other years.   "Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there also is love of humanity. "  Ibid

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Section: Mental, Visual, Audio and Physical Disabilities: Challenges
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08/02/2011

Awareness is the first step toward change. This site seeks to enlighten those of us without awareness of the difficulties some people face daily.

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Section: Military
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08/02/2011

The Congress shall have power to provide for organizing, arming and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress. Constitution of The United States  Art. I, 1789

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Section: Museums of New York City 
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08/02/2011

"A museum is seldom a cheerful place, oftenest induces the feeling that nothing could ever have been young."  Walter Pater:  Sir Thomas Browne, 1886

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Section: The Music Center
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08/02/2011

"Music exalts each joy, allays each grief, Expels diseases, softens every pain, ."  John Armstrong 1744

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Section: New York City Historical Tid-Bits  
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08/02/2011

Historical information on New York City in small amounts.

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Special Section   New York City's Panics 1819-1929    
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

New York City's Panics (Separate Section) 1819-1929  Special Section               Printer Friendly Version

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Section:  New York City Weather / Natural Disasters  
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08/02/2011

"Oh, what a blamed uncertain thing this pesky weather is; It blew and snew and then it thew, and now, by jing, it's friz"  Philander Johnson, 1895

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Section: Occupations
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

"Labor preserves us from three great evils: weariness, vice, and want"  Francois M. A. Voltaire .  Domestic servants were employed by the upper-class families. The police of New York  have never failed in their duty in any emergency, and instances of individual courage and heroism are of daily occurrence. Instances are not rare in which a whole family, from the oldest to the youngest, is equally deep in crime.

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Section: Parks, Squares and Recreations of New York City   
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08/02/2011

"The inhabitants have a right to take their amusements in a  lawful way." Mr. Justice Heath: 1797

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Section: The Postal Service 
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08/02/2011

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift accomplishment of their appointed routes."  Herodotus: Histories, vi, c. 430 B.C. ref to Persian post-riders

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Section: Real Estate 
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08/02/2011

Architectural and historical background on Buildings of New York City. Also land grants and deeds of the 1600s.One of the oldest of New York's churches is St. Paul's Chapel, at Broadway and Vesey streets, in which George Washington had a pew. Philip Hooker was the early architect of Union College building and Albany Academy.

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Special Section Resources For A Great Classroom Day
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08/02/2011

"No man can be a good teacher unless he has feelings of warm affection toward his pupils and a genuine desire to impart to them what he himself believes to be of value"  Bertrand Russell

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Special Section The Riots Of New York City  (Separate Section)
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08/02/2011

Section I: 1712-1855    Section II: 1855-1900    Section III: 1902-1969

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Special Section The Spanish Corner (  El Rincón Español)
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08/02/2011

  This section is dedicated to articles of historical facts, poetry, self-improvement, human interest stories etc. written in Spanish. I have also included you-tubes of latino performers and their music.

 

   

 

 

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Section: Sports    
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08/02/2011

  "Growth, development, posture, like health, depends to a large extent on the freedom for the individual to join in any play, game or sport, to exert himself according to his powers, and to know when he has had enough."  H.A. Harris 1939

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Section: Symphony Orchestra  
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08/02/2011

"Instrumental ensemble consisting of members of the four families of instruments dominated by strings."

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Section: Temperance / Prohibition
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08/02/2011

"Prohibition only drives drunkenness behind doors and into dark places, and does not cure it or even diminish it."  S. L. Clemens (Mark Twain) May 28, 1867

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Section: Tenement Living and Pressing Social Issues of Urban Life
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08/02/2011

How the early immigrants lived in New York City at the turn of the century: articles and pictures

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Section: Timelines 
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08/02/2011

"Time as he grows old teaches many lessons" Ibid. No. 981

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Section: Transportation  
Date Posted:

08/02/2011

The evolution of how people got around in NYS and NYC. Also included in this section is an essay written by Miriam Medina "Yikes! What A Way To Go...NYC's Travel Experience" which discusses the modern day traffic and fuel situation, with a chronology of NYC's Travel Experience dating from 1642 to 2000.

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Section: Vote Related Information
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08/02/2011

The Suffrage Movement, understanding how the voting system works.

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Section: Walking Tours  
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08/02/2011

Historical Information on New York City by foot.

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Section: Wall Street 
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08/02/2011

"The financial center of New York City". Messrs. Howard, Keeler, Scofield & Co., provided offices for numerous lawyers, brokers, and commission merchants. Its number, now 90 Broadway, was then 88. No. 15 was for several years the residence of George Griswold, of the celebrated firm of shipping merchants, N. L. & G. Griswold,—known, in the slang of the day, as "No Loss & Great Gain."

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Section: Wills and Probate 
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08/02/2011

" The Legal declaration of a person's intention as to the disposal of his estate after his death"

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Section: Women and Their Professions 
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08/02/2011

"A Woman's right to make choices of professions and earn a living wage.

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Section: Worship
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08/02/2011

"Freedom of every person to worship God in his own way, everywhere in the world." excerpt from one of  President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four essential human freedoms.

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Special Section The World Of New York City Society
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08/02/2011

Some families had made great fortunes and they had the money and leisure to indulge in conspicuous consumption and indulgence in Society manners. Some families who were once nobodies and upstarts managed to become accepted in society." Costly, rare perfumes,  lavish costumes from France, blinding jewels that dazzled even the most distinguished guests, were part of the existence of the Society World.

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