Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2015.127.4
Dimensions: 4 in X 6 3/16 in
Dimensions (Metric): 10.16 cm X 15.24 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the Denby family, in memory of Sy Denby
W2BNW radio calling card with an illustration of a dog coming out of a dog house labeled "Niagara." At the top is text —“The big noisy wolf | W2BNW”— followed by various radio codes.
Native New Yorker Seymour Denby (1913-2011), known as Sy, was a ham radio operator. For more than 30 years, he ran an electronics store, Niagara Radio Supply, in the downtown area known as Radio Row. He participated in the coalition of local store proprietors and retailers who came together to protest the construction of the World Trade Center and take legal action against the Port Authority. Like others, Denby was evicted but received no financial compensation because he was a tenant at, not an owner of, his property.
Denby's son, Robert, donated these items belonging to his father from the Radio Row era.