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Trolling the Weeklies
Trolling the Weeklies
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USPTO or Google Patents
I recently saw a photograph of an “ Oyster Car ,” a specially
designed railroad car designed to carry fresh oysters from the Gulf to Chicago.
It was invented by Arthur E. Stilwell , the founder of the Kansas City Southern Railroad.
The concept interested me...
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City Directories - Troves of Neat Stuff
Let’s say you’re writing a historical novel about the Great
Diamond Hoax of 1872. One of your protagonists is a mining engineer called Philip
Arnold . A Kentuckian by birth and death, Mr. Arnold spend most of the
intervening years prospecting for gold and s...
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The New Yorker Archive Stinks
That's a bold statement. " The New Yorker Archive Stinks ." Sadly, to this researcher, it's true. For ninety years The New Yorker has brought us some of America's best magazine writing, from folks like: Roald Dahl, Roger Angell , James Thurber, Ken Auletta,...
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On The Road To Persia
Curiosity is a curious thing. When I write historical articles I like have a really good sense of the place where the action happens. Thank goodness there are numerous tools to help me satisfy this curiosity. One of the best is good 'ol Google Earth . While...
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Word Frequency In The New York Times
The New York Times has introduced a new feature that lets you check how many time a specific word or phrase has been used in the paper since a way back in 1851. Go here to check it out: http://chronicle.nytlabs.com . It brings up a graph showing the frequen...
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Naval Academy Yearbooks
What did Samuel David Dealey do when he was a student at the U.S. Naval Academy in the late 1920's? Not much, it turns out. I know this because there is a digital collection of Annapolis yearbooks available online. Here is the link to the Nimitz Library Dig...
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