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The Brooklyn Navy Yard Answers the Call of the Carpathia

Meredith Wisner 2 years, 6 months ago
RMS Carpathia Resting in Erie Basin, Red Hook, New York RMS Carpathia Resting in Erie Basin, Red Hook, New York

It was brought to my attention by a member of our staff--who is turning out to be something of a radio buff--that the Brooklyn Navy Yard radio station (call letters NAH) may well have been one of the first to learn the names of survivors of the RMS Titanic as relayed by the passenger ship, RMS Carpathia. Could this be true?  It seemed likely given our position at the forefront of radio technology at the time, but I needed to dig a little deeper.  A peek into ye olde New York Times revealed that indeed this is correct. NAH was among a handful of radio stations able to pick up the signal of the RMS Carpathia as her crew shared details of their rescue mission back to a nervously expectant American public.   

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Census Week! The Brooklyn Navy Yard, March 1940

Meredith Wisner 2 years, 7 months ago
Brooklyn Navy Yard - Census Week, March 30, 1940 Brooklyn Navy Yard - Census Week, March 30, 1940

The 1940 census has been released! I might be tipping my hand here, but to archivists such as myself this day is akin to Christmas.  You see, although we are able to access statistical information from even our most recent census reports, the details, including family names, individual professions, household incomes and addresses are suppressed for 72 years to protect the privacy of census participants. This census, which was taken the week of March 24th 1940, tells the human scale story of a population struggling to pull out of the Great Depression, and a larger story of a Nation preparing for its possible involvement in a second world war.

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