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A sad story of ruins

A sad story of ruins

Coney Island amusement park fire. Caption: "A sad story of ruins--On the left is wreckage of what...
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[Truncated view of Brooklyn College]

[Truncated view of Brooklyn College]

Truncated view of Brooklyn College, showing LaGuardia Library (right), Boylan Hall (left), and...
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At Synagogue dedication

At Synagogue dedication

Caption: "At synagogue dedication--Isaac Albert, right, president of the Jewish Sanitarium and...
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[Northwest corner of Union Street and Hoyt Street (far right).]

[Northwest corner of Union Street and Hoyt Street (far right).]

Northwest corner of Union Street and Hoyt Street (far right.) House on corner is #413 Union Street.
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Distinguished fund raisers

Distinguished fund raisers

Caption: "Distinguished fund raisers--Brooklyn College Hillel Foundation building fund drive...
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Accident, Municipal Bldg., Bklyn.

Accident, Municipal Bldg., Bklyn.

View of Municipal Building in downtown Brooklyn under construction, with diagonal dotted line drawn...
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What so proudly we hail

What so proudly we hail

Elevated view of soldiers marching past equestrian statue on Bedford Avenue; crowd lining sidewalk...
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Grand Street

Grand Street

Exterior, close-up view of an unidentified, middle-aged man standing on Grand Street, displaying...
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The Brooklyn Visual Heritage website provides access to a newly digitized corpus of 19th and 20th century photographs and other visual materials drawn from the rich collections of the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Public Library. The digitization and the design of the website were accomplished through Project CHART, a collaborative partnership with Pratt School of Information and Library Science. We invite you to explore and use this new online resource intended to serve scholars, historians and the general public of all ages, to engage with Brooklyn’s historic past and make connections to its present diverse and vibrant culture and to visit the cultural institutions the website represents for a total Brooklyn experience.

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    Sometimes when you first see an image it resonates without clear reason. The items I have selected have remained in my visual memory throughout my time working for the Brooklyn Museum and Project CHART. They each share a common thread in which point of view is vital to reading the images.
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    Have you noticed that online, maps have suddenly become trendy? Whether I am researching restaurant reviews or looking up friends’ photographs, everything seems to be tied into a map. The same is true for digital collections.
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    During the 1951 NYC college basketball season, top players were implicated in a point-shaving scandal that resulted in a 6 year shut down of the L.I.U. athletic program and the imprisonment of several players.