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Amelia Earhart, Reluctant Bride

Amelia Earhart handed an extraordinary letter to the man she was about to marry just hours before their wedding in Noank, Conn. “You must know again my reluctance to marry,” she told publisher George Putnam. “I must extract a cruel promise, ...

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The Jonah of Cape Cod: A Whale of a Tale

Much like fracking today, the whale industry in the 1800s drew countless men to the business because of the wealth that could be acquired selling whale oil. The price at one time exceeded $1.75 per gallon, and the rarer varieties ...

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Fall River’s Famous Chow Mein Sandwich

When 17-year-old Barbara Wong arrived in Fall River, Mass., after World War II, she could hardly have known she would become the pillar of the city’s most treasured culinary tradition: the chow mein sandwich. If you’re not from southeastern Massachusetts or ...

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Was Fannie Farmer a Good Cook?


When Fannie Farmer approached Little, Brown & Co., to publish her cookbook in 1896, the company made her pay for printing the first 3,000 copies.  They didn't think the cookbook would sell. Little, Brown’s decision made Fannie Farmer rich, since ...

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Ring Them Revere Bells

It was only by accident that Paul Revere at 57 years old got into the business of casting bells. He’d had some experience with bells. As a teen-ager he signed a contract with Christ Church – Boston’s Old North Church ...

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