Originally inhabited by the native Quinnipiac, the Puritans traded blankets and wares in 1638 to acquire land destined to be a prosperous mercantile port. New Haven became a manufacturing center and was the carriage and corset capital of the world, while also being a leader in clocks, firearms, hardware, and oyster harvesting. Charles Goodyear and George W. Bush once called this city home, and Yale has attracted famous people such as Eli Whitney and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Within New Haven, antique and modern views are juxtaposed and vividly display the effects of mass redevelopment and industrial decline in the Elm City, while showing the development of community and economic prosperity in the 21st century.
About the Author
Colin M. Caplan, a native of New Haven, is a graduate of the Tulane School of Architecture and is active with local architectural, preservation, and environmental groups. He has written state historic register nominations and enjoys educating others through history and activism. New Haven's stunning vintage images hail from the collection of the United Advertising Corporation, a signpost and advertising business, and were taken to market its billboards.