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"Greetings from Hoboken" captures a prosperous young city in its prime through the medium of the humble postcard, whose “Golden Age” just happened to correspond with Hoboken’s, from 1890 to 1910. Although postcards were just an inexpensive way for people to stay in touch, in time, they have come to provide an important and detailed historical record.

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"On the Irish Waterfront" - The world’s busiest and most lucrative harbor in the first half of the 20th century, the Port of New York was also the historic preserve of Irish American gangsters, politicians, longshoremen’s union leaders, and powerful Roman Catholic pastors. This is the demimonde depicted to stunning effect in Elia Kazan’s "On the Waterfront" (1954) and into which James T. Fisher takes readers in this remarkable and engaging historical account of the classic film’s backstory.

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"From Another Time: Hoboken in the 1970s" - This beautifully produced volume of more than 150 black-and-white photos from three talented photographers captures Hoboken in the 1970s, after most of the working waterfront and factories had shut down and the city was struggling to survive. But the spirit of Hoboken’s diverse population shines through these striking images, at home, on stoops, and at the many parades and festivals.

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"100 Hoboken Firsts" - Historian and author Jim Hans gathers 100 of his favorite Hoboken firsts in a quirky and colorful collection of engravings, photos, paintings, maps, scrapbooks, antique advertising, and more. The book includes an introduction, a history of early Hoboken and the founding Stevens family, a timeline, and a note on the landmark Clam Broth House. Jim Hans is an author, a visual artist and a collector of archival graphics, as well as a founder of the Hoboken Historical Museum.

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"Killing the Poormaster: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression" - On February 25, 1938, in the early days of the welfare system, the reviled poormaster Harry Barck—wielding power over who would receive public aid—died from a paper spike thrust into his heart. News coverage of the trial brought national attention to the plight of ten million unemployed living in desperate circumstances.

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Robert W. Jackson's "Highway Under the Hudson" tells the story of the ingenuity, political intrigue, personal sacrifice and human drama behind the great engineering project of the Holland Tunnel.

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Dr. Angus Gillespie's book, "Crossing Under the Hudson," was a tremendous resource in developing the Museum's exhibition "Driving Under the Hudson, A History of the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels." His lecture on Mar. 4 was the among the best-attended talks at the Museum.

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Immigration historian and Hoboken resident Christina Ziegler McPherson's book on Hoboken's immigration patterns is fascinating. She's working now on our 2014 exhibit, an immigration history of Hoboken.

Book: Immigrants in Hoboken: One-way Ticket, 1845-1985

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