While doing research for Hixtory, I sometimes come across oddball or interesting items that I
just file away, because by themselves they won’t make a real story.
This edition is a collection of such things.
I hope that they’re of interest to you.
Looking Down on
the New York State Archives Digital Collections, I found this 1951
NYS Archives, Aerial photographic prints and negatives of
below: image created by the
author, using Google Maps in 3D view
which you can compare to this current view.
Although we all know how much the town has changed, I still find
it amazing to see so many differences in one pair of pictures – from
Old Country Road School in the foreground, to the Expressway in the
distance. Many of us grew up
on streets that did not even exist when the top photo was taken, back
before there were any “Cardboard Hill” sumps down which to slide.
The High School’s Frolicsome Pole
having a Health Pageant when you were in school.
data at New York Heritage
indicates that the event shown below likely occurred in the 1930s, but
it may have been slightly earlier. According
the Long-Islander of April 26,
1929, Hicksville’s schools were to mark Child
Health Day on the first of May 1929 with various events, including a
May Pole dance on the lawn of the high school.
a close look at the faces and the shoes worn by these May Pole dancers
suggests that all of them were girls.
Heritage Digital Collections,
Quiz (answer can be found at the end of this
What do the vehicles in these two
pictures have in common?
William J. Rugen photo, as printed in “Steel Rails To The
” by Ziel and Foster
Weird Animal Stuff
Herald, February 13, 1913
That’s the whole, would-be whimsical
story. Really, it just ends
’s birthday was probably a slow day for news, we should not be
surprised that, like the story above, the following also appeared on a
February 13th. This
one involves a member of
’s noted Steinert family.
Daily Eagle, February 13, 1921
Seeing the ad below, I think I understand why the
Garden stayed with the Dog Show instead of the Poultry Show.
Imagine the handlers’ proudly exercising their chickens on
leashes for the judges.
Long-Islander, January 5, 1923
The Kind of Advertising We
No Longer See
This state-of-the-art range looks like a contraption invented by
Jules Verne, something which can do anything that Captain Nemo commands,
as long as the crew at the helm remembers which control is which.
Long-Islander, April 20, 1923
Best wife’s Christmas gift ever!
Huntington Long-Islander, December
Photo from Local History Room, Hicksville Public Library, as found in
Richard and Anne Evers’ excellent little photographic book
Her glass may be dainty, but look at
the size of that bottle! How
could a “tired woman” possibly lift it up to pour herself a glass?
Long-Islander, April 14, 1911
The latest fad, from back when
telephone numbers didn’t have to be put on Speed
Long-Islander, April 29, 1927
The west side of Broadway near
, perhaps in the 1950s. The
old R.A. Esslinger store building is in the center, next to Vince
Braun’s Meat Market. Slightly
newer buildings to the left include Ginger’s; on the right is the
“new” Huettner building which opened in 1918.
It seems odd that plumber Charles
Raynor had to place a series of ads in the Long-Islander
to get people to splurge on indoor plumbing.
Were the people of
really that fond of their outdoor privies?
To persuade those who are concerned with their health, the first
advertisement invokes a Classical goddess; the second appeals to those
who simply cannot resist luxury.
Incidentally… I wonder what Mr. Raynor’s middle initial really was,
Long Islander, October 30, 1914
Long Islander, August 4, 1911
Answer to the Quiz
Long Island Railroad engine 401 was
once on the leading edge of technology.
In the 1920s, it was the first diesel locomotive in the
to be put into regular service by any railroad.
It was built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO), in
conjunction with General Electric and Ingersoll-Rand.
In the picture used in the quiz, the engine partially visible
behind 401 was another ALCO.
ALCO locomotives served Long Isalnd constantly from the 1940s
through the 1990s.
The automobile shown in the quiz was the car which raced through
Hicksville to win the Vanderbilt Cup in 1909 and again in 1910.
Like the LIRR engines mentioned above, it was built by the
American Locomotive Company!
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 9, 1910
to be an October 1910 photo of Broadway, jammed with people looking for
vantage points from which to view the Vanderbilt Cup Race.
One of these may be the car that parked on Old Country Road and
was struck by Louis Chevrolet’s Marquette-Buick.
County Museum photo, from the Evers’ book “Hicksville”
The Errors of My Ways
In February’s Ancient
Hixtory, I wrote that the Caruso #6 midget racer shown at the start
of the article was powered by a four-cylinder Bugatti engine.
That’s all well and good – but contrary to what the article
claimed, the motor had not
been cut down from an eight-cylinder engine.
At birth, it had left the Bugatti works in Alsace with only four
There was, however, a different Caruso midget racer that also was
powered by a four-cylinder Bugatti engine.
It was this second car whose engine began life with eight
cylinders. The mistake was
mine, and mine alone.
On the upside, next month I have the opportunity to
make more errors. April’s
article will delve further into the story of Mike and Rose Caruso’s
life with automobiles.
And now, to quote 1920s singer Annette Hanshaw,