Pop Culture
Jan 05, 2010, 10:48AM

Harry Dubin tries out some new jobs

Some rather unusual photos from 1940s New York.

When I was researching my television book, I came across a series of articles inThe New Yorker, profiling a local grocer named Harry Dubin. What was so unusual about Dubin that in 1947 made him worthy of a ten-page article in The New Yorker? He owned a television set, and the article was all about the author spending an extended period with Dubin and his family as they enjoyed this new electronic miracle.  It was a marvelous story, typical of the magazine, puckishly fun, insightful and slightly condescending. I’ve uploaded a copy here. [It's a long file, so it may take a minute to download - well worth it though].


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