Strolling in 1968 Manhattan
Strolling in 1968 Manhattan

Today my research took me back to Manhattan in 1968.

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Helen Inherits

My second novel, Bachelor Girl, was inspired by this obscure headline about a surprise bequest.

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Reflections of a Bachelor Girl
All the Single Ladies

Before she was called a “spinster,” a single woman living independently was known as a “bachelor girl.”

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Black Manhattan by James Weldon Johnson
Black Manhattan

Historical fiction is enriched by reflecting the true diversity of American history.

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Col. Jacob Ruppert
Col. Jacob Ruppert

He’s remembered now for signing Babe Ruth, but in his time Ruppert was a larger-than-life New Yorker.

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Gay New York by George Chauncey
Gay New York

From drag balls in Harlem to pansy clubs in Greenwich Village, the gay world of 1920s New York was vast and varied.

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X-ray room at Vancouver General Hospital
Motion to Purchase Wigs Approved

This obscure note in the archives of the American Jewish Historical Society hinted at a legacy of medical research on children.

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Fannie and Victor Berger at the Hebrew Orphan Asylum
Contractor of Waists

When my own great-grandfather deserted his family, he left his sons to be raised as orphans.

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Hebrew Orphan Asylum Cafeteria
Ever Efficient Boy of the Home

Though he had two living parents, my grandfather grew up in Manhattan’s Hebrew Orphan Asylum.

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A ward at the Hebrew Infant Asylum circa 1908
Conditions Among Animals

For pediatricians eager to cure and prevent disease, orphanages provided the perfect conditions for medical research.

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Postcard by Photobelle W.I.
A Wall They Cannot See

To live as a closeted lesbian in the 1950s required women to keep secrets from colleagues, friends, and family.

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