Category Archives: Documentary

Everything you need to know about the Greenwich Village of 1961 in one map

“‘Geographically speaking, the Village is only a small part of New York City,’ so states the copy on the side of this remarkable map of the Greenwich Village of 1961 (click the map to enlarge it), which details the restaurants, … Continue reading

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The Trials of Muhammad Ali – Bill Siegel (2013)

“Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, was not the only American to refuse to serve during the Vietnam War, but he was, by some measures, the most famous, the loudest and the baddest. Tracing the road to Mr. Ali’s act of … Continue reading

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History of the New York City Subway

A period subway map pasted up inside one of the museum’s vintage cars. “The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system that serves four of the five boroughs of New York City, New York: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, … Continue reading

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Mary McCarthy – Battle of Grosvenor Square (October 27, 1968)

“It was very English to call it ‘the Demo,’ and no wonder the pet name stuck, conjuring up a specter of ‘demos,’ the people (sometimes pejorative), but on the other hand ‘democracy’ (good), which withstood the test of the demonstration. … Continue reading

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Duck and cover

“‘Duck and cover’ is a method of personal protection against the effects of a nuclear explosion. Ducking and covering is useful at conferring a degree of protection to personnel located outside the radius of the nuclear fireball but still within … Continue reading

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Flashback: Good Humor delighted generations with its curbside delivery of ice cream bars — and not even the mob could stop it

Al Cooney loads ice cream into his Good Humor truck at the start of the season at the Good Humor offices at 4825 W. Arthington St. on April 1, 1965, in Chicago. “For Chicagoans of a certain age, the sound … Continue reading

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How Contraception Transformed the American Family

Estelle Griswold, left, and Cornelia Jahncke, of Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of birth control access. “Fifty years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court announced one of its most important decisions of … Continue reading

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Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement

“Produced by Blackside, Eyes on the Prize tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, … Continue reading

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Shirley Clarke

“Shirley Clarke (née Brimberg; October 2, 1919 – September 23, 1997) was an American experimental and independent filmmaker, director and editor. … In her first film, Dance in the Sun (1953), she adapted a choreography of Daniel Nagrin. The New … Continue reading

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The Sixties Return – Philip Norman

“The sixties are back: if you doubt it, run your hand along this row of dresses in a trendy downtown New York store. Here is a deep-turquoise number with a bow at the back, pining for a girdle and a … Continue reading

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