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May the Rumpus Never End

By routine, as children have done since the late 1940s, little ones will go to sleep tonight to the words or images created by Maurice Sendak; in tribute, this adult will as well. Maurice Sendak June 10, 1928-May 8, 2012 Go See Details The Rosenbach Museum and Library, in Philadelphia, hosts the Maurice Sendak Collection, […]

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Letters to Another

Geri’s a very dear friend, who met my honeymooning parents in an Italian bar many years ago and has been a force in our lives ever since. (Tip: Order an interesting drink, and you never know who might glance over, decide she wants it for herself, and, in a loud, raspy New Yorker voice order […]

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Here Comes the Tax Photographer

Photographs taken for one reason – say, for a city’s real estate appraisal system – can be wonderfully repurposed. That’s what the City of New York Department of Records & Information Services is doing with the 1939-1940 “Tax” Photograph Collection. Between 1939 and 1941, the then-Department of Taxes commissioned photographs of each and every house and […]

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Not Your Grandfather’s Camera. Well, actually…

This Kodak Automatic 35 belonged to my grandfather, my father’s father, Marty McDonough. My memories of Marty come mostly from still photographs and the jumpy recordings we use to watch in our footie pajamas, projected on the walls after dinner. I was too young when he died to hold on to much more. And with […]

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