At the turn of the 20th century, I published research about the New York-based architect Cass Gilbert and started my involvement with the journal of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), Technology & Culture. Based on my dissertation, I published a monograph on the architect Cass Gilbert (1859-1934) in 1999. Then I had the opportunity to contribute chapters to other edited volumes, in 2000 and 2001.
I was an Advisory Editor for Technology & Culture for a number of years. In 2002, I wrote a brief reflection on this 1915 image of the New York skyline, which is from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
How fragile is the negative that holds this image of the New York City skyline. How fragile, indeed, is all of human creation. Our eyes travel over the slight curve of the Brooklyn Bridge, suspended above the East River, to the jagged saw-edge of a city cutting into our thoughts these days.”