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Stamford, Connecticut, USA - Glimpses of Greenwich, Stamford, and Norwalk Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA

In 1982, a Stamford native, Dr. Robert K, Jarvik, invented the world's first artificial heart.



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Stamford Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Glimpses of Greenwich, Stamford, and Norwalk
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cull
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Glimpses of Greenwich, Stamford, and Norwalk
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
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Atlantic Square and Town Hall
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Atlantic Square and Town Hall
Main Street
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Stollwerck's Factory, Stamford, Conn.
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Stollwerck's Factory, Stamford, Conn.
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River Street, 1907
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River Street, 1907
First Congregational Church
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First Congregational Church
The Kroeger Piano Co., Stamford, Conn.
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The Kroeger Piano Co., Stamford, Conn.
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St. John's R.C. Church, 1909
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St. John's R.C. Church, 1909
Suburban Avenue, 1909
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Suburban Avenue, 1909
Harbor Scene looking South, Stamford, Conn.
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Harbor Scene looking South, Stamford, Conn.
Looking East from Stamford National Bank Building
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Looking East from Stamford National Bank Building
Atlantic Insulated Wire & Cable Co. Factory, Stamford, Conn.
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Atlantic Insulated Wire & Cable Co. Factory, Stamford, Conn.
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Mill River Dam
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Cor. Bank and main Streets, Stamford, Conn.
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Cor. Bank and main Streets, Stamford, Conn.
Railroad Station
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Wire Factory
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Oliver Street Bridge
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Interstate Rubber Co.'s Factory, Springdale, Conn.
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Interstate Rubber Co.'s Factory, Springdale, Conn.
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Center School
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Boat House and Merry Go Round, Hallowell Park
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Boat House and Merry Go Round, Hallowell Park
Yale and Towne Mfg. Co., Stamford, Conn.
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Yale and Towne Mfg. Co., Stamford, Conn.
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Massee School for Boys, Stamford, Conn.

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Massee School for Boys, Stamford, Conn.

MASSEE COUNTRY SCHOOL
For Boys - 6 to 19
52 minutes from New York on Long Island Sound

A beautiful campus of 16 acres on Shippan Point, Stamford Conn. Junior Department for boys under 14. Older boys prepared for all colleges and technical schools. Small classes with much individual attention. Splendid opportunity for health and physical development in all athletics and outdoor sports. Large gymnasium and dormitory.

For catalog, address W.W. MASSEE, Shippan Point, Stamford, Conn.

Good Housekeeping, Volume 74
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Stamford Hospital
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Home Office and Factory of the Pitney-Bowes Postage Meter Company
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1819 - Stamford
Stamford, and extensive and populous maritime post township, is situated on Long Island sound, in the southwestern part of the county and State, 10 miles southwest of Norwalk, 42 southwest of New-Haven, 76 southwest of Hartford, and 43 northeast from New-York; bounded on the north by the State of New-York, on the east by New-Canaan and Norwalk, on the south by Long Island sound, and on the west by Greenwich.

The township comprises an area of about 55 square miles; having a mean length from north to south of about 9 and a half miles, and mean breadth from east to west of nearly 6 miles...
A Gazetteer of the States of Connecticut and Rhode-Island: Written with Care and Impartiality, from Original and Authentic Materials : Consisting of Two Parts ... with an Accurate and Improved Map of Each State Authors John Chauncey Pease, John Milton Niles Publisher W.S. Marsh, 1819
1839 - Stamford
Stamford, Connecticut
Fairfield county. This beautiful town is bounded on the S. by Long Island Sound and on the N.W. by the state of New York. Its Indian name was Rippowans, and was purchased of the natives for "twelve coats, twelve hoes, twelve hatchets, twelve knives, two kettles and four fathom of white wampum." The soil of Stamford is a rich gravelly loam, well cultivated and very productive. The surface is undulating, presenting a great variety of delightful prospects. The town is well supplied with mill sites by Mill and Miannas rivers, and, within its bay, between Shippan and Greenwich points, are good harbors for vessels of 8 1/ 2 feet draught of water. There are a number of vessles owned here, and Stamford is a place of an active trade with the surrounding country and New York. There are within the limits of the town an iron foundry, a rolling mill, a wire factory, and two large boot and shoe manufactories.

Stamford Borough is a neat village, beautifully situated near the ... Read MORE...

1854 - Stamford
Stamford, a flourishing post-borough of Fairfield co., Connecticut, near 'the mouth of Mill river, and on the New York and New Haven railroad, 40 miles S. W. from New Haven, and 36 miles N. E. from New York. A canal 180 rods in length, 30 feet in breadth, and 7 feet deep, has been constructed, ex tending to the bay, which sets up from Long Island sound, between Greenwich and Shiphan's Points, affording a fine harbor for vessels drawing 8 feet of water. The borough has entirely changed in appearance during the last 10 years. It contains several fine churches, and many of the dwellings are very elegant. During the summer months it is much resorted to as a watering-place. Stamford has some trade with the ports along the coast ; and its manufactures, particularly those of iron, are extensive. A bank is established here, and there is also an institution for savings, with $19,276 on deposite. The Stamford Advocate is published weekly. Population of the township in 1840, 3616 ; in 1850, 5000.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1900 - LIGHTNING IN A MANSION Bolt Tears Two Great Holes In Roof of the Edifice
WHILE INMATES SLEEP SOUNDLY
Guests and Servants Unconscious of All Danger While the Electric Fluid
Was Ripping Things Up--Damage Amounts to [ineligible].

Stamford, Aug. 18. - Lightning struck H. L. Camman's handsome mansion in Palmer's Hill early yesterday morning causing considerable damage. The bolt struck the house in the height of a heavy thunder storm. Mr. and Mrs. N. C. Melten and Mr. and Mrs. Ayres of New York and several servant girls were in the house at the time. They were asleep and though the bolt struck the house with sufficient force to tear two great holes in the roof they remained entirely unconscious of their danger.

When the inmates of the house awoke in the morning they were conscious of a heavy sulphur-like odor and on investigating discovered this holes in the roof of the mansion. A peculiar feature of the incident is that nothing in the interior of the house was injured by the fluid. It is supposed that the bolt found its way out through a window lowered ... Read MORE...

1904 - STAMFORD TOWN HALL BURNED
Fire for a Time Threatened Business Section of the City.
Special to The New York Times.

STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 4. - The Town Hall, one of the finest buildings of its kind in the State, was totally destroyed by a fire to-night, which for a time threatened to spread throughout the entire business portion of the city. The hall, with its contents, was worth about $150,000. The fire made a brilliant spectacle, and could be seen for miles around. There was practically no water pressure, because the hydrants in the centre of the town were frozen. Several business blocks and the Congregational Church caught fire, but it was soon extinguished. The fire is attributed to crossed electric wires.

Mayor Leeds telephoned for assistance to Bridgeport, Greenwich, Port Chester, and New Canaan. In the Town Hall were the Post Office, the Town Clerk's office, Probate Court, City Court, the Mayor's office, and various other public offices, together with lawyer's offices, and on the first floor... Read MORE...

1906
Stamford, a city in Stamford township (town), Fairfield co., Conn., on Long Island Sound and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 33 miles NE. of New York city. It has a good harbor for vessels of light draft. The city contains a fine town-hall, the Ferguson library, etc., and has extensive manufactures of automobiles, hardware (especially locks and keys), type-writers, pianos, gas-stoves, dyes-stuffs, drugs, thread, etc. Many business-men of New York city reside here and the hills in the vicinity are embellished with villas and parks. Pop. of the town in 1900, 18,839; of the city, 15,997.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1908 - Saved From Fire
Stamford, Conn., March 24. - Curly is only a "husky" and until recently he trod the frozen Northwwest helping drag pack sleds. He came to Col. John I. Holly, a Stamford business man from Alaska, and a strong bond of friendship was established between the dog and his master. Now that bond is more firmly riveted and money cannot purchase Curly.

The Holly house is a landmark and was built when the town first was settled. Yesterday Curly, snoozing in the study smelled smoke. He trotted up to Col. Holly's room, scratched on the door and whined, Mr. Holly was awakened and commanded Curly to "charge". The the dog ran down stairs to the room of George Dann, an employee and barked and scratched on the door until Dann got up.

Barking jovously[sic], Curly ran back to Col. Holly's room and did more whining and scratching. This time his master got up, intending to teach the dog some manners. He found the upper part of the house, full of smoke and the attic in flames.

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1911 - KILLED BY ELECTRIC SWITCH.
Engineer Tries to Divert Current and Falls from Cab.

Special to The New York Times.

STAMFORD, Conn., July 3. - James Coyle of 471 East 130th Street, New York, an engineer on a New Haven Railroad train, was fatally burned on the New Canaan branch of the road this morning.

In throwing a switch to divert the electric current from one track to another Coyle used a wooden paddle that was, apparently, too short. It appears that his hand slipped off and came in contact with a wire carrying a heavy current. There were a few lurid flashes and Coyle fell out of the locomotive, his clothing on fire. The flames were beaten out quickly and Coyle was hurried to the Stamford Hospital. He died there at 8 o'clock to-night.

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July 4, 1911
1913 - FIVE KILLED IN BOSTON EXPRESS REAR-END CRASH
Score Injured as Second Section Smashes Into First at Stamford.
AIR BRAKES DIDN'T WORK
Victims in Chair Car Skylark Swept to Death or Injury Without Warning.
ENGINEER IN WRECK BEFORE
He Was Fireman When Nine Persons Met Death in the Collision at Westport.
TRAFFIC MEN BLAME ROAD
Accident, Say Canadian Pacific Agents, Result of New Haven's Antiquated Methods.
SOME NEW YORK VICTIMS
E. H. Woodruff of Flushing Killed - Others Near Death in Stamford Hospital - Survivors Get Here.

Special to The New York Times.

STAMFORD, June 12. - Five persons were killed them dangerously, when the second section of the westbound Boston Express on the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad crashed into the rear of the first section, which had stopped here at 5:03 o'clock this afternoon, waiting to be coupled to an electric locomotive.

The collision occurred in broad daylight on a straight stretch of track. C. J. Dougherty, engineer of the second section, who was jamming on his airbrakes.... Read MORE...

1920 - November 16 - 1st postage stamp meter is set in Stamford Conn

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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Stamford:
Parks and Outdoor Activities:

Cummings Park: A beautiful waterfront park with beaches, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Perfect for a relaxing day by the Long Island Sound.

Mianus River Park: If you're a nature enthusiast, explore the trails and enjoy the serene surroundings of this park.

Scofieldtown Park: Ideal for family outings with its playgrounds, sports facilities, and walking trails.

Mill River Park: A newly revitalized park with a playground, carousel, and a great walking path. It's a central spot for events and community gatherings.

Cultural and Entertainment Venues:

Stamford Museum & Nature Center: Offers a mix of nature trails, a working farm, and exhibits that cater to both adults and kids.

Avon Theatre Film Center: A historic cinema showcasing independent, classic, and foreign films. Great for cinephiles.

The Palace Theatre: If you're into live performances, check out what's playing at this beautifully restored venue.

Ferguson Library: More than... Read MORE...

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