Curious Historian

Stories on local history

A New Year’s Message

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Main Street Bridgeport…1945…busy streets and your choice of stores!  So many residents remember everything that was available downtown…Lerner’s, Woolworth’s, the Poli Theaters, great food.  Well…I think that Bridgeport is coming back…there are many great restaurants to dine at, plus good theater and arts…we can’t stop in 1945! It is my hope that while the past […] [Read More]
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Window Shopping in Bridgeport

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Read’s Department Store Display Window, 1936.  Downtown shopping at department stores was always a thrill…and the yearly displays were fabulous. I can remember as a child, taking the bus Downtown to go Christmas shopping.  It was a thrill…my mother and my sisters and I go from Department store to store to Department store.  There were […] [Read More]
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Robberies are Nothing New

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The Historical Collections at the Bridgeport Public Library received an old letter a patron found tucked in an equally old family book.  The typewritten letter, written by John M. Wheeler, was to Mr. Thomas Leonard.  Reading the letter brought many questions to our minds. The letter was dated March 3, 1894 and was on Wheeler and Howes Coal […] [Read More]
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Where is this Monument?

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Located in Bridgeport, this monument commemorates the war dead in Bridgeport. Here local residents gather together for a dedication, in an undated photograph. Where is this located?  When was this taken?  The clues will be revealed in the next blog…but I would love to hear from you… Suggestion…see if you can find it in the […] [Read More]
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The Murder of Father Dahme

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On a freezing February evening in 1924 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, a murder occurred. A well known priest, Father Dahme was shot dead on Main Street, right across from the Lyric Theater. This horrible crime rocked the City. Witnesses had seen a man running down the street, but few none could directly describe what they saw. […] [Read More]
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Detroit Tigers, Baseball and a Rollercoaster of Emotions

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Phew.  I am exhausted today.  Five solid hours of a roller coaster ride of baseball.  The Detroit Tigers, my hometown favorite, against an unexpected opponent:  the Minnesota Twins.  I knew it was going to be edge of your seat baseball…but I did not expect the game that drained me emotionally as this one did.  When […] [Read More]

Nantucket: A Real Gem

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Nantucket? A Real Gem.  Could Bridgeport Be The New Nantucket?  Sankaty Lighthouse, Nantucket Nantucket: Massachuetts My friend Charlie makes a yearly sojourn to Great Point in Nantucket, Massachusetts. “History, ?” you might think? No, no, he was going fishing! But I love history, and I always wanted to see Nantucket. So I tagged along. I […] [Read More]

Shared Memories

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Bridgeport, Connecticut on the East Coast and Detroit, Michigan have much in common. Memories are the biggest thread of commonality. Every resident has fond memories of the old theaters downtown when they saw a great movie. I particularly remember going downtown to the Fox theater with my grade school class to see The Sound of […] [Read More]
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The Highlights of Cooking in 1934

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Tucked away in the manuscript collections housed in the Bridgeport Public Library Historical collections is a cookbook.  Entitled “The Post-Telegram Prize Recipe Cookbook” and subtitled “a thousand and one good things to eat,” the orange covered cook book was written by our own Fairfield County residents.    In 1934, the Bridgeport Post-Telegram published a cookbook […] [Read More]