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Peter Cooper: An American-Made Model of the 19th Century

A vintage 1937 original photograph depicting Baltimore & Ohio Railroad introducing its newest with its oldest. The famous Tom Thumb is posed with a shiny EA built by Electro-Motive Corporation of La Grange, Illinois.

by Maxine Carter-Lome, publisher The venerable Peter Cooper, whose philanthropic life endeared him to every citizen of New York, died at 3 o’clock yesterday morning,” reported the New York Times on April 5, 1883. Although the family planned for a small funeral, thousands turned out to watch the procession. “Shops closed down; traffic on Broadway […]

Riding the Rails: Like the Internet in the second-half of the 20th century, trains were the major disrupter of the 19th century. They changed the way we brought our goods to market, where we lived, and how we traveled.

Like the Internet in the second half of the 20th century, trains were the major disrupter of the 19th century. They changed the way we brought our goods to market, where we lived, and how we traveled. They raised towns around a few miles of track, provided employment, and created wealth. They brought us closer […]