I’m really digging the NY Times archives.
For example, it’s fairly well known that the Foshay Tower’s founder went bankrupt after the building was built. It seems like the trivia about the John Sousa march commissioned for the dedication ceremony comes up from time to time on Almanac. (The check to Sousa bounced, so Sousa banned the march from being played after that.)
But the story takes on new life when you can scroll through the headlines from that time period:
August 25, 1929 – An announcement about the following week’s dedication runs in the NY Times:
August 31, 1929 – Story on the dedication ceremony:
November 2, 1929 – Bankruptcy
April 18, 1930 – Foshay for Sale
That was fast.