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Brooklyn, 125 Years Ago Today

Mar 28, 2008 9:33 AM | 1 comment

As you walk Brooklyn’s modern streets, have you ever wondered what happened here long before your time?


Here’s what made the front page of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, a major Brooklyn newspaper from 1841 to 1955, on March 28, 1883:

  • The Academy of Music was filled to capacity by speakers and supporters rallying for temperance.
  • A representative from Shanghai gave an illustrated lecture, “China and the Chinese,” at Irving Hall (at the corner of Gates Avenue and Downing Street). It shed light on this “comparatively unknown land.”
  • An article entitled “A Bad Youth” reports the arrest of an 18-year-old for lounging on the corner of Division Avenue and Second Street. His mother later accused him of stealing her shawl.


If you’re a history buff, or just looking for a fun read, check out Brooklyn Public Library’s website for full access to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle from 1841 to 1902.

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3/28/2008 10:31:55 AM #

It's really fun to read the old newspaper from Brooklyn. They put some of the funniest things in the paper. Lots of stories about chickens. Plus actual history of Brooklyn - subways, roads, the parks, women organizing for the right to vote, stuff like that.