The USS Utah was one of many losses suffered by the United...
Wed, 12/07/2016 - 10:05am

The USS Utah was one of many losses suffered by the United States during the attack on Pearl Harbor. ​​Of the 525 men aboard, 64 lost their lives. Among those who died was Chief Watertender Peter...

The Autobiography of Luis de Carvajal the Younger is considered...
Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:07am

The Autobiography of Luis de Carvajal the Younger is considered the earliest extant Jewish book written in the Americas. Carvajal was a converso, or “New Christian,” in colonial Mexico who was...

On World AIDS Day, we’re looking back at some of the activism...
Thu, 12/01/2016 - 1:56pm

On World AIDS Day, we’re looking back at some of the activism that called for better access to treatment and changes in government policy to address the AIDS epidemic. The AIDS Coalition to Unleash...

“Light artillery” might be a little bit misleading. The...
Wed, 11/30/2016 - 10:16am

“Light artillery” might be a little bit misleading. The Union recruits drawn in by the colorful iconography of this poster were signing up to move and fire cannons weighing several hundred pounds...

A woman on the Board of Directors? “Let’s not,” said Time Inc....
Mon, 11/28/2016 - 10:09am

A woman on the Board of Directors? “Let’s not,” said Time Inc. co-founder and board officer Briton Hadden when confronted with the idea. In 1926, board director H. P. Davison Jr. suggested that a...

As the wars and relocations of the later 19th century devastated...
Fri, 11/25/2016 - 10:35am

As the wars and relocations of the later 19th century devastated the indigenous population of the Great Plains, many whites became interested in documenting American Indian life. The photographer...

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade looked a little...
Wed, 11/23/2016 - 10:09am

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade looked a little different in its early days, but it still had some interesting floats and balloons. Fritz E. Bjorkman. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York...

Among the accomplishments of Ojibwe writer and missionary George...
Mon, 11/21/2016 - 10:35am

Among the accomplishments of Ojibwe writer and missionary George Copway, or Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh, was the founding of a newspaper in New York City. Titled Copway’s American Indian, it would, as he...

Care to celebrate Homemade Bread Day? The Duane family cookbooks...
Thu, 11/17/2016 - 10:13am

Care to celebrate Homemade Bread Day? The Duane family cookbooks have recipes for ginger bread, brown bread, corn bread, and more. This is the corn bread recipe, attributed to Mrs. North:3 cups of...

nyhistory: This Revolutionary War Lieutenant’s coat is being...
Wed, 11/16/2016 - 10:28am

nyhistory: This Revolutionary War Lieutenant’s coat is being prepared for an exhibition scheduled to open in the fall. As a preliminary step, textile conservator Midori Sato and N-YHS...

Here, a few pages from John Winthrop’s sermon, A Model of...
Mon, 11/14/2016 - 10:11am

Here, a few pages from John Winthrop’s sermon, A Model of Christian Charity, delivered aboard the ship Arbella while Winthrop and his fellow Pilgrims were on their way to the Massachusetts Bay...

Oh hey there, Peaches. What’s up?William D. Hassler. Peaches the...
Sat, 11/12/2016 - 10:18am

Oh hey there, Peaches. What’s up?William D. Hassler. Peaches the cat on a chair. circa August 1916. New-York Historical Society.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, here’s a stereograph of John L....
Fri, 11/11/2016 - 10:09am

In honor of Veteran’s Day, here’s a stereograph of John L. Burns, a man who fought in both the War of 1812 and, at the age of 69, the American Civil War.  The hero of Gettysburg. Civil War...

On July 4, 1776, an anonymous New Yorker wrote in his pocket...
Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:17am

On July 4, 1776, an anonymous New Yorker wrote in his pocket almanac, “this fatal day Independency declared by the Congress - Rivers of Blood will flow in consequence of it - no Peace for many...

It’s nice when a book has beautifully decorated endpapers. But...
Mon, 11/07/2016 - 10:22am

It’s nice when a book has beautifully decorated endpapers. But when the fore edge is painted to match?! That’s rare book bliss.  A narrative of the voyages round the world performed by Captain...

After emancipation, New York State continued to...
Sat, 11/05/2016 - 10:35am

After emancipation, New York State continued to disenfranchise black voters by requiring that blacks—and only blacks—own a certain amount of property in order to vote. This petition, signed by...

"Everything my colleagues and I do relates to making our extraordinary collections of primary sources..."
Fri, 11/04/2016 - 10:09am

“Everything my colleagues and I do relates to making our extraordinary collections of primary sources available to students and scholars, and interpreting them to a wide audience.” - Henry Raine,...

The Boys’ Club of New York was founded in 1876 to provide an...
Wed, 11/02/2016 - 10:21am

The Boys’ Club of New York was founded in 1876 to provide an alternative to street life for the poor immigrant boys of New York. Instruction in athletics and healthy living has long since been an...

Here’s to a very jolly Halloween! Perhaps you’ll celebrate by...
Mon, 10/31/2016 - 10:17am

Here’s to a very jolly Halloween! Perhaps you’ll celebrate by playing a bit of snap-apple?  Fred C. Lounsbury.  A jolly Halloween. 1907. Postcard file. New-York Historical Society. 

Legend has it that a phantom fire ship can be seen on certain...
Sun, 10/30/2016 - 4:00pm

Legend has it that a phantom fire ship can be seen on certain tempestuous nights sailing around Long Island Sound. It’s crew, victims of a pirate raid in the Dutch colonial era, remains silent, but...

Only at the Vampires’ Death Watch can you get fish served with...
Sat, 10/29/2016 - 11:12am

Only at the Vampires’ Death Watch can you get fish served with sauce à la grease paint, burnt cork, and sewer scrapings. And is the punch spiked with blood? Probably.Order of the Vampires (New...

If the party is over, just go home, or at the very least, DO NOT...
Fri, 10/28/2016 - 10:21am

If the party is over, just go home, or at the very least, DO NOT SUMMON THE DEVIL!Here we have the story of an especially determined reveler who swore that “he would have a Fidler if he went to hell...

Happy Birthday to the NYC Subway!On this day in 1904,...
Thu, 10/27/2016 - 4:39pm

Happy Birthday to the NYC Subway!On this day in 1904, underground transportation became a reality for New Yorkers with the opening of the city’s first subway line. Invitation to the opening of the...

Which is scarier: the glowing skull or the poisonous ink? Of...
Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:10am

Which is scarier: the glowing skull or the poisonous ink? Of course this advertisement was printed at the height of the radium craze, before we knew about the dangers of radiation. Glow-in-the-dark...

Childhood is fraught with terrors…especially for boys and...
Mon, 10/24/2016 - 12:20pm

Childhood is fraught with terrors…especially for boys and girls who misbehave. Slovenly Peter, or Struwwelpeter in the original German, depicts the frightening fates of children prone to idleness...

Happy Apple Day! Why not spend it with the Stonebridge family in...
Fri, 10/21/2016 - 10:11am

Happy Apple Day! Why not spend it with the Stonebridge family in the orchards of Garrison, NY?George Stonebridge. Apple picking series. 1902. glass negatives. PR-066.  New-York Historical...

In New York State, women were denied the right to vote until...
Wed, 10/19/2016 - 10:18am

In New York State, women were denied the right to vote until 1917. That was two years after these broadsides were produced by the Woman Suffrage Party of New York. It wasn’t until 1920 that...

The Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument in Fort Greene, Brooklyn pays...
Mon, 10/17/2016 - 10:22am

The Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument in Fort Greene, Brooklyn pays tribute to the thousands of American prisoners of war who died of disease and starvation aboard British prison ships during the...

A Revolutionary era broadside reminds us that the democratic...
Sat, 10/15/2016 - 10:09am

A Revolutionary era broadside reminds us that the democratic process has always been fraught with anxiety over the qualities of those who wish to lead us. Published by John Holt, and signed as The...

The Battle of Antietam was horrifically bloody. A Confederate...
Thu, 10/13/2016 - 10:08am

The Battle of Antietam was horrifically bloody. A Confederate soldier passed this note to the “Federal forces” asking that the body of a Confederate Lieutenant be delivered to his side. It is...

Also….REGISTER!In New York you have until October 14 to...
Tue, 10/11/2016 - 10:06am

Also….REGISTER!In New York you have until October 14 to make sure you’re eligible to vote. Use your library : listen! Read! Look! Talk! Argue! Think! then vote. Children’s Press. 1952. New-York...

The Brotherhood of Railway Carmen would like to remind you to...
Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:34am

The Brotherhood of Railway Carmen would like to remind you to register and vote! For them, back in 1948, the main issue was the repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act, which is still a law, in spite of...

amamblog: idroolinmysleep: archimaps: Construction details of...
Thu, 10/06/2016 - 4:45pm

amamblog: idroolinmysleep: archimaps: Construction details of the Allen Memorial Art Building, Oberlin Yoo-hoo, @amamblog! A timely reblog, as the AMAM starts planning next year’s centennial...

Alongside the Art Deco bank building at 415 Broadway sits a...
Wed, 10/05/2016 - 10:21am

Alongside the Art Deco bank building at 415 Broadway sits a portal to Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn known as the BMT line. The corner of Broadway and Canal is famously busy, but for at least this...

The Megalethoscope created dramatic perspective and lighting...
Mon, 10/03/2016 - 8:05pm

The Megalethoscope created dramatic perspective and lighting effects when used to view specially prepared photographs. With this instrument, its inventor tells us, “pictures are considerably...

“After shelling Antietam Bridge several hours, it was decided to...
Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:43am

“After shelling Antietam Bridge several hours, it was decided to cross,” wrote David Ludlow Thompson in a letter he sent after being captured by the Confederate Army. He included in the letter this...

It’s National Voter Registration Day!This broadside comes from...
Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:12am

It’s National Voter Registration Day!This broadside comes from the notorious political machine of Tammany Hall, which in this case played on the racial anxieties of European immigrants to encourage...

“Time Will Tell” Here the founders of Time introduce readers to...
Sat, 09/24/2016 - 10:17am

“Time Will Tell” Here the founders of Time introduce readers to the novel idea of their “news-magazine.” They promise it will collect “all available information concerning all subjects of...

It’s American Business Women’s Day, so throw on your best...
Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:15am

It’s American Business Women’s Day, so throw on your best wearable telephone device and celebrate! Or just wear your favorite jazzy flapper outfit to the office—it’s your day, business women. The...

Where Was Alexander Hamilton during the Battle of...
Wed, 09/21/2016 - 11:04am

Where Was Alexander Hamilton during the Battle of Brooklyn?Although apocryphal stories have placed Hamilton on the Long Island side of the East River in the waning days of August 1776, modern...

George Washington Recalls the Battle of Brooklyn: Does He Get...
Mon, 09/19/2016 - 10:46am

George Washington Recalls the Battle of Brooklyn: Does He Get the Date Right?Eight years after the event and in his distinct handwriting, George Washington remembers what it took to save his defeated...

On September 17, 2011, Occupy Wall Street arrived in Zuccotti...
Sat, 09/17/2016 - 10:30am

On September 17, 2011, Occupy Wall Street arrived in Zuccotti Park, where the wide-ranging protest movement spent nearly two months. If anyone needs a refresher course in direct action or...

The Feast of San GennaroEvery year in mid-September Little...
Thu, 09/15/2016 - 10:25am

The Feast of San GennaroEvery year in mid-September Little Italy’s Mulberry Street welcomes a street fair of legendary proportions. The San Gennaro Feast has its roots in Naples, but this event...

Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest son Quentin was serving as a pilot...
Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:15am

Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest son Quentin was serving as a pilot in World War I when he was fatally shot down over Chamery on July 14, 1918. Here the former U.S. president writes to General James...

Remembering September 11, 2001Larry Racioppo. Fireman’s...
Sun, 09/11/2016 - 10:25am

Remembering September 11, 2001Larry Racioppo. Fireman’s Funeral, Belle Harbor. 2001. New-York Historical Society.

The Great Galveston Hurricane The storm made landfall in Texas...
Thu, 09/08/2016 - 10:21am

The Great Galveston Hurricane The storm made landfall in Texas on September 8, 1900, becoming the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history.  An estimated 6,000 to 8,000 people lost their lives. The...

kulibraries: Not the End of the Track Summer is a time for both...
Wed, 09/07/2016 - 10:03am

A sample drawer from the metal cabinets. Previous storage of the track drawings. Moving the cabinets required a lifting device Modified shelving units empty. Modified shelving units with...

Calling all jeune teens and preps! It’s time to get outfitted...
Tue, 09/06/2016 - 10:07am

Calling all jeune teens and preps! It’s time to get outfitted for the new school year, and while De Pinna closed its doors in 1969, the fashions live on in this 1950 catalog. A. De Pinna Co....

Hats off to all the hard working people of New York and beyond....
Mon, 09/05/2016 - 9:30am

Hats off to all the hard working people of New York and beyond. Have a great Labor Day!Fritz E. Bjorkman. Unidentified workers marching in a union parade, New York City. ca 1930-1939. Herman A....

It’s Friday. Time to hit the soda fountain.Eugene Armbruster....
Fri, 09/02/2016 - 2:35pm

It’s Friday. Time to hit the soda fountain.Eugene Armbruster. Reid’s Ice Cream and unidentified soda fountain. undated (1894-1939). New-York Historical Society.

The conservation team has been hard at work making foam core...
Wed, 08/31/2016 - 5:02pm

The conservation team has been hard at work making foam core trays for our collection of Cass Gilbert architectural drawings. Many presentation drawings were originally either drawn on or mounted...

Hamilton to Burr — June 22, 1804 I have no other reply to make...
Mon, 08/29/2016 - 10:20am

Hamilton to Burr — June 22, 1804 I have no other reply to make than that it remains for you to take such measures as shall appear to you expedient. This line, crossed out by Hamilton, would indicate...

In honor of Women’s Equality Day, we’re marching along with the...
Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:07am

In honor of Women’s Equality Day, we’re marching along with the coalition of women’s rights activists who took over New York’s 5th Avenue on this day in 1970. Eugene Gordon. Women’s Strike for...

Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service! The Statue of...
Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:18am

Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service! The Statue of Liberty is probably the most well-known New York area monument, but the National Park Service administers several others as well, including...

“A Declaration of Rights I wish to see with all my heart” wrote...
Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:15am

“A Declaration of Rights I wish to see with all my heart” wrote John Adams to Cotton Tufts, before adding, “though I am sensible of the difficulty of framing one in which all the states can agree...

When Mad Men Get MadThis angry letter from William Bernbach, one...
Sun, 08/21/2016 - 10:15am

When Mad Men Get MadThis angry letter from William Bernbach, one of the most influential advertisers of the 20th century, was prompted by a Time report that described an especially odd TV...

We love Eugene Armbruster because he photographed countless...
Fri, 08/19/2016 - 10:12am

We love Eugene Armbruster because he photographed countless landscapes from a disappearing New York City, but this uncharacteristic image provides a glimpse of the era’s fashions as well.Eugene L....
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