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A History of New York in 50 Objects

An artichoke and an elevator. A Checker taxicab and a conductor’s baton. A MetroCard and a mastodon tusk. From ancient artifacts to common everyday accessories, which objects tell the story of New York City?
Emily Pawley
Emily Pawley • 1 year ago

The Automat Machine, 1912 "The average man, an Australian observer wrote, became a “manipulator of destiny” in the Automat, suddenly finding himself “before Ali Baba’s cave. He whispers ‘Open sesame!’ and lo! a ham sandwich or a peach dumpling is his for the taking, also for a nickel.”"

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