Category Archives: 60s

The SS Showboat Mayflower Nantasket

Throughout the early part of the 20th Century a fleet of side wheel steamers plied the waters of Boston harbor. The flotilla was reduced to one by a fire in 1919, but the Mayflower ran to Nantasket Beach until 1948. After its decommission its new owner hauled the white-hulled ship close to shore and opened […]

12/7/1960

Seventy-three years ago Japanese aircraft attacked the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. Nearly every capital ship was damaged by bombs or torpedoes and the Pacific Ocean became a Japanese lake until Midway. The next day President Roosevelt declared before Congress, “December 7th shall live forever as a day of infamy.” This morning I asked […]

The Shine of Donyale Luna

America was white in 1964 from coast to coast, however New York fashion editors were reacting to the blowing in the wind. Malcolm X preached resistance up in Harlem and Martin Luther King was leading marches in Selma, Alabama. Nancy White, the Harper’s Bazaar editor, spotted the face of a black teenage beauty from Detroit. […]

A BARK BETTER THAN A BITE by Peter Nolan Smith

Every diamond shop on West 47th Street was open seven days a week from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Sales people, guards, elevator operators, schleppers, cutters, setters, polishers, and even Lennie the Bum slaved throughout the holiday rush in hopes of scoring enough cash to buy presents. Stores extended their normal hours to entice late-night shoppers. […]

When It All Went Bad