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Then And Really Now

March 2023
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I just received my very first issue of American Heritage (July/August), and 1 was particularly impressed with the “Then and Now” photos of the Cleveland glass shopping arcade. The layout was unlike many then-and-now photos I’ve seen, which were taken at careless and sloppy angles, making it all but impossible to compare the two pictures. My highest compliments to your photographer.

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Stories published from "November 1987"

Authored by: The Editors

For the children and grandchildren of a poor boy from Pennsylvania, childhood was magic

Authored by: Bernard A. Weisberger

While New York families were spending fortunes inherited from fathers and grandfathers, the Chicago rich had to start from scratch, both making and lavishly spending money within one generation

Authored by: Martin Mayer

One hundred years ago many thoughtful people predicted the decline and disappearance of capitalism. What happened to make their prophecy wrong?

Authored by: Marvin Gelfand

A knowledgeable and passionate guide takes us for a walk down Wall Street, and we find the buildings there eloquent of the whole history of American finance

Authored by: The Editors

Charles Sheeler found his subject in the architecture of industry. To him, America’s factories were the cathedrals of the modern age.

Authored by: Beverly Rae Kimes

The Florida Speed Carnivals at Daytona lasted less than a decade, but they saw American motoring grow from rich man’s sport to national obsession

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