Category: History Blogs

Illustration of a solar motor consisting of a concave mirror directing sun light at a boiler in order to make steam to pump water.

A Belated Earth Day Blog, 2019

Monster Solar Motor, 1901 On April 16, 1901, subscribers to the Waterbury Democrat read about a “monster solar motor” installed on an ostrich farm in Pasadena, California. The beast was reported capable of lifting...

An image of two working girls in frigid water up to their shoulders.

When the Temperature Hits 12 Degrees. . .

Arctic cold did not stop them. The 1920s were known as a decade of youth fads, including pole sitting and goldfish swallowing. Connecticut youth were not left behind. The Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project is...

Influenza in Connecticut, 1918

  Lester H. Thompson, a Connecticut soldier from New Haven, lost his life shortly after arriving in France in 1918. His parents thought “he caught a cold on the transport” and that it later...

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