Tuesday, April 14, 2009

From the Archives - Moore Family Apartment

This week, we're taking a look at the artifacts in our permanent collection.

Last January, we scrambled to collect items on 97 Orchard's 4th and 5th floors before contractors went to work stabilizing an apartment once occupied by an Irish immigrant family (the Moore family, for those who have taken the tour). We found a bunch of small trinkets: buttons, newspaper scraps, batteries, beads, and a lice comb, to name a few. The strangest of all? Chicken bones and a pigeon skeleton!

We also found scraps of a swimsuit (including the label), and an advertisement showing what the outfit may have looked like intact:

One last random finding - a doodled-over newspaper image of Woodrow Wilson (president from 1913 to 1921)

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