Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project Digitizes Bridgeport Evening Farmer, 1910-1916
The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce that it has digitized the Bridgeport Evening Farmer from January 1, 1910 – October 31, 1916 as part of a grant received from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize historically significant Connecticut newspapers. The digital images of the Bridgeport Evening Farmer are now included in the Library of Congress’newspaper site: Chronicling America http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
Bridgeport, Connecticut. 1940-1946
Local Author Bill Menosky has written this fascinating work on Bridgeport’s Auto-Ordnance Corporation, producer of the Thompson submachine gun or “Tommy Gun,” and the men and women who worked there. Menosky’s work details the history of the Thompson gun, concentrating on the years it was produced in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where there were “a skilled labor pool of machinists and toolmakers” and “material suppliers, rail transport, a deep water port, and a supportive group of small machine shops.” His research includes interviews with Auto-Ordnance personnel, articles from Bridgeport newspapers, and many excellent illustrations.
The crowd of 6,000 came to see then Senator John F. Kennedy. The crowd,as estimated by Superintendent of Police Francis J. Shanley, cheered when Kennedy said that Connecticut was a key state in the election.
“The nation will have its eyes on Connecticut,” Kennedy told the crowd. …Continue reading
Film enthusiast Nicholas Soltis was born and raised in Bridgeport and spent his entire career as a policeman on the Bridgeport force. Nick enjoyed taking home movies of family gatherings and special events in Bridgeport. In this film, Mr. Soltis captured the 1956 Barnum Festival Parade in front of a Bridgeport furniture store (the Franklin Furniture Company). His wife, Gertrude (Trudy), as well as his son, Conrad, appear at the start of the film. Conrad also makes a special appearance at the end of the film. Orginal film: 8mm, color
Rationing of many products during World War II, such as food items, gasoline, and coffee, caused a surge of the blackmarket--goods traded illegally. In August 1943, a rally in Marina Park was held to protest the black market. Shown in attendance in the rally are from left to right, the following: (front row) Franz Rupp, pianist; Marian Anderson, opera singer; Bud Hollick, comedian;Carl Frank, radio announcer and actor; (back row) Franklin P. Adams; columnist and quiz expert; Mayor Jasper McLevy; Edna Ferber, novelist; and Clifton Fadiman, book reviewer for the New Yorker.
Arthur “Art” H. Selleck was born in Bridgeport in 1920, living there for five years before moving to Nichols. He attended Harding High School in the Park City, since Trumbull had no High School at the time. He would later recall witnessing a house fire as a youth in Nichols, …Continue reading
This young lady was amazing. In 1942, Marge Schneider lived with her family on Barnum Avenue near Central. With the flurry of war around her, Marge took a job at the Bridgeport Brass Company on Grand Street. Marge walked to work. …Continue reading
A community of “free people of color” began to coalesce around the lower reaches of Bridgeport Harbor the same year (1821) that Bridgeport itself came into being. Comprised of freed blacks born in Connecticut, …Continue reading
Most residents of Connecticut, when considering who were the earliest immigrants to this State naturally think mostly of the European countries. If you asked anyone when the first Puerto Rican immigrant came to Connecticut, they would say, ” probably the 1950’s.” …Continue reading