Columbia Bicycle Model 105, 1903

Albert Pope Pioneered Bicycles for Women

Hartford-based inventor Albert Pope saw his first bicycle at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and was so impressed that he went to Europe to study how bicycles were made. …[more]

Categories: Albert Pope, Business and Industry, CT At Work: Hartford Area, Hartford, Invention and Technology


Photograph of the Hartford Dark Blues

Diamonds of the Past: Hartford’s Lost Ball Parks

May 6, 2015

Erected in 1874, Hartford’s earliest baseball stadium was the Base Ball Grounds in Colt Park, on the corner of Wyllys Street and Hendricxsen Avenue.  …[more]

Categories: Everyday Life, Hartford, Popular Culture, Sports and Recreation

New York and New Haven Railroad train bound from Manhattan

Misread Signal Leads to Deadly South Norwalk Train Wreck – Who Knew?

…that by 1853, the era of steamboat transportation had largely given way to trains, but there was still a need to manage drawbridges for safe passage of both modes of …[more]

Categories: Disaster, Norwalk, Transportation, Who Knew?

David Hotchkiss House, ca. 1980

The Prospect Green as a Historical Narrative

May 5, 2015

In the southeast corner of the intersection of Routes 68 and 69 in Prospect lies the community’s historic town green. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in June …[more]

Categories: Architecture, Historic Preservation, Prospect

Hats and bonnets, ca. 1805

First Woman to Receive US Patent – Today in History: May 5

On May 5, 1809, Mrs. Mary Kies of South Killingly was the first woman in the United States to receive a patent. Her patent was for a new way to …[more]

Categories: Invention and Technology, Killingly, Popular Culture, Women

Some of the newsboys returning Sunday papers. Many of them had been out since 5 and 6 am. Hartford, Conn. Photograph by Lewis Hine, March 1909 - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

The Newsies Strike Back

May 4, 2015

Despite organizing in 1909 to fight pay cuts, ultimately, vending machines and changing business models brought an end to the era of the Hartford newsie. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Everyday Life, Work

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