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Date: Time Period: 1928 - 1938
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20566
Description: Mary Kaiser remembers going to the library in the 1930's. She was not allowed to go to Main Street before she was 10 but was allowed to go visit the library. On Sanford Avenue and Union Street there w ... More
Date: Time Period: 1928 - 1938
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20618
Description: Mary Kaiser describes how she got an allowance of 50 cents a week, which she spent mostly on pencils because she frequently lost them. At the suggestion of her friend Margaret's mother, she got some m ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20513
Description: Mrs. McDonald's husband had to start working when he was 14 years old due to his father's untimely death. Before having to drop out, he had attended St. Francis on a scholarship. His first job was in ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20523
Description: Gertrude McDonald says Sunnyside was so safe, residents could leave money in milk bottle for milkman, leave doors and fire escapes open, and neighbors walked in and out of each others' apartments. She ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20516
Description: During the Great Depression, Mrs. McDonald's father wasn't getting enough work to support the family through his electrician's union, Local 3. The family had to move in with Gertrude's uncle who owned ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20485
Description: Mrs. McDonald relates how in 1968, the women she worked with to protest the construction of a narcotics center wanted to nominate her for district assembly. They sent a letter out to Democratic county ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20570
Description: Looking forward to her 95th birthday in August, 2011, Gertrude McDonald shares some memories from a lifetime of activity in Sunnyside, Queens. She moved as a little girl in 1923 to one of the first la ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20616
Description: Mary Kaiser moved to the Waldheim neighborhood to live with her father, aunt, and uncle after her mother's death in the 1920's. Her father was a conductor and later a supervisor for the MTA. Her uncle ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 1935
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20548
Description: Mary Kaiser describes growing up with her aunt and uncle in the Waldheim neighborhood in Flushing. Her mother passed away when she was a very young child, but her father lived nearby on the same prope ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920s
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20470
Description: In 1923, Mrs. McDonald's family moved to Sunnyside from Yorkville where most of the apartments were cold water flats. In this clip, she describes living in those old cold water flats. Her family's Sun ... More
Date: Time Period: 1913 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20489
Description: Walter "Wally" Rosenthal was born and raised in Flushing, Queens. In 1941, his parents moved from Jackson Heights to the home he grew up in. He moved with his family from Brooklyn back to his parent's ... More
Date: Time Period: 1913 - 1964
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20522
Description: Wally Rosenthal describes his parents as being politically and philosophically progressive. He characterizes himself as a "red diaper baby." His mother was more active politically, identified as a Mar ... More
Date: Time Period: 1900 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20533
Description: The New York World's Fairs in Flushing were actually not official World's Fairs. According to Mr. Hourahan, Robert Moses put on the 1939 New York World's Fair as a promotional event to raise money for ... More
Date: Time Period: 1900 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20580
Description: Mr. Hourahan describes how the Progressive era, was not just one of social reform, but also reflected a changing economy, immigration. and growth of industry. The family that lived in the historical s ... More
Date: Time Period: 1900 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20605
Description: Mr. Hourahan describes the 1920's economic bubble as similar to the one in 2010. Advertisements describe Flushing as a healthy clean place to live. The area was just residential, there were no factory ... More