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    • #2558
      ndembowski
      Keymaster

      In the 1930s, as Imperial Japan was conquering many of their neighbors, there was something odd happening in this lovely Victorian house, which stood on Riverdale Avenue near the intersection with W. 261st Street.

      6104 Riveradale Ave (NYC 1940 Tax Photos)

      This was the home of John Ousta, whose ambition was to make the U.S. independent of foreign silk, which was largely sourced from Japan.  Using Riverdale’s mulberry trees as feed, he raised silk worms right here across from the College of Mount St. Vincent.

      May 1939 issue of Popular Science

      His story made national and international news.  This is a feature from the Madera Tribune:

       

    • #2559
      Thomas Casey
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      An interesting story –  I wonder if any of these flags are available to view.popular science  Sept 1939

    • #2560
      Thomas Casey
      Participant

      Now Riverdale Funeral Home 6110 Riverdale Ave BX NY6110 Riverdale Ave 1940

    • #2561
      Thomas Casey
      Participant

      6110 Riverdale AveNow Riverdale Funeral Home 6110 Riverdale Ave BX NY6110 Riverdale Ave 1940

    • #2562
      Thomas Casey
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    • #2566

      This was an interesting article along with the photos.  Thank you Nick and Thomas.

       

      Andrea

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