No, the internet did not invent DIY publishing or long...
Fri, 06/24/2016 - 11:20am

No, the internet did not invent DIY publishing or long rants. Way back in the 1850s, Vermont farmer James Johns was publishing a little hand-printed newspaper, and he wasn’t shy about where he...

Life at the TopLaura Rosen photographed New York City’s rooftop...
Wed, 06/22/2016 - 7:12pm

Life at the TopLaura Rosen photographed New York City’s rooftop landscapes in the 1980s, revealing the landmarks and quiet oases that exist high above the city streets.Laura Rosen. 77 Water...

Make Good Coffee!These brewing methods may not be 100%...
Mon, 06/20/2016 - 9:28am

Make Good Coffee!These brewing methods may not be 100% barista-approved today, but modern coffee nerds can at least appreciate the careful instructions offered in this pamphlet from the...

Dreamland, Coney IslandDreamland opened to the beachgoing...
Fri, 06/17/2016 - 3:43pm

Dreamland, Coney IslandDreamland opened to the beachgoing revelers of Coney Island in 1904. It set out to be bigger and more spectacular than its predecessors Steeplechase Park and Luna Park, but...

The Dutch Houses of BrooklynThe steep roofs and gently sloping...
Wed, 06/15/2016 - 10:51am

The Dutch Houses of BrooklynThe steep roofs and gently sloping overhangs of these farmhouse-style homes are a rare link to New York’s Dutch colonial past. Ten such houses have been designated as...

In a volume of transcriptions made from 17th and 18th century...
Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:05am

In a volume of transcriptions made from 17th and 18th century documents related to the Spanish colonization of America, there was a manuscript map that, while colorful and interesting, was in...

One of these photographs is of Time writers and editors. The...
Fri, 06/10/2016 - 11:09am

One of these photographs is of Time writers and editors. The other is of Time researchers. Hmm…can you guess which is which? (Hint: not a lot of gender equality in 1948!)Portrait of Time reseachers...

Shakespeare’s First Folio is now on view here at the New-York...
Wed, 06/08/2016 - 7:12pm

Shakespeare’s First Folio is now on view here at the New-York Historical Society! Naturally, it’s got us looking back at some of the performers who brought Shakespeare’s work to life in New York...

Remembering D-DayDuring World War II, the U.S. military produced...
Mon, 06/06/2016 - 9:32am

Remembering D-DayDuring World War II, the U.S. military produced its own documentary photography. The first two of these images depicts pre-invasion exercises on the English coast, while the...

Organizations like the New York Committee of Vigilance, which...
Fri, 06/03/2016 - 11:10am

Organizations like the New York Committee of Vigilance, which provided escaped slaves with legal and material aid, were vital to the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement in general....

Marblehead in the SummerDo you like yachts? Is the year roughly...
Wed, 06/01/2016 - 10:07am

Marblehead in the SummerDo you like yachts? Is the year roughly 1900? If you answered ‘yes’ to both questions, then you’re probably on your way to Marblehead, Massachusetts, this summer. If,...

Decoration DayMemorial Day was originally known in many places...
Mon, 05/30/2016 - 10:12am

Decoration DayMemorial Day was originally known in many places as Decoration Day, which referred to the custom of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers. In the years following the Civil War,...

Sketches of New YorkEven its antebellum days, New York City had...
Fri, 05/27/2016 - 7:00pm

Sketches of New YorkEven its antebellum days, New York City had some pretty colorful characters roaming its streets. Some of these social “types” were chronicled by publisher and engraver T. W....

Who’s a good dog? These are good dogs. And William Hassler was a...
Wed, 05/25/2016 - 7:45pm

Who’s a good dog? These are good dogs. And William Hassler was a good photographer. William D. Hassler. Father Teizen and his dog Brownie; A Bellevue ambulance Dalmatian dog; William Gray Hassler...

On May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened after 14 years of...
Tue, 05/24/2016 - 4:10pm

On May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened after 14 years of construction.  It’s been attracting photographers like George Hall ever since. George P. Hall. Brooklyn Bridge series. ca 1900. New-...

This Revolutionary War Lieutenant’s coat is being prepared for...
Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:15am

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 Conservation...

To celebrate International Museum Day, we’re poking around in...
Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:27am

To celebrate International Museum Day, we’re poking around in this curious collection of geological and paleontological specimens with photographer George P. Hall.  Mr. Hall wasn’t entirely...

They don’t make skyscrapers like this anymore. In 1913 the...
Mon, 05/16/2016 - 8:35pm

They don’t make skyscrapers like this anymore. In 1913 the Woolworth Building was the tallest and arguably the most glamorous building in the world. Today it’s still one of the masterpieces of New...

Thinking of making a nice flower garland this weekend? Let...
Fri, 05/13/2016 - 10:35am

Thinking of making a nice flower garland this weekend? Let Harriet Hassler show you how it’s done.William D. Hassler. William Gray Hassler and Harriet E. Hassler in a field making flower garlands...

Stuyvesant’s New AmsterdamOn May 11, 1647 Peter Stuyvesant...
Wed, 05/11/2016 - 9:45am

Stuyvesant’s New AmsterdamOn May 11, 1647 Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam, where he would serve as Director-General of New Netherland until 1664. This series of prints depicting New...

Welcome to the FreemasonsThe all-seeing eye, the scythe, the...
Mon, 05/09/2016 - 8:10pm

Welcome to the FreemasonsThe all-seeing eye, the scythe, the winged hourglass, Jacob’s ladder, the beehive,  the fasces…the symbology here goes on and on. This document, dated September 29, 1814...

In honor of Mother’s Day, let us enjoy that mini-genre of...
Sun, 05/08/2016 - 9:00am

In honor of Mother’s Day, let us enjoy that mini-genre of photography in which a mother tries to convince her little one to be still for just a moment while they have their portrait taken. William...

Trace paper drawings of the James A. Farley Post Office...
Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:39am

Trace paper drawings of the James A. Farley Post Office Building, which was designed by McKim, Mead, & White and built in 1912. The inscription on the facade reads, “Neither snow nor rain nor...

James H. Gardiner was an amateur astronomer from Newburgh, New...
Wed, 05/04/2016 - 7:45pm

James H. Gardiner was an amateur astronomer from Newburgh, New York, and in the winter of 1863, he succeeded in discovering a comet. That’s pretty neat, but in this letter to his friend from March...

The Sixth Avenue El Comes DownIn 1939, Manhattan decided it was...
Mon, 05/02/2016 - 7:45pm

The Sixth Avenue El Comes DownIn 1939, Manhattan decided it was ready to move on from its elevated trains, and workers began dismantling the mighty Sixth Avenue Line. These images, among thousands...

Greenwich Village Forever!On April 29, 1966, Greenwich Village...
Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:34am

Greenwich Village Forever!On April 29, 1966, Greenwich Village was designated as a protected Historic District by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. From the Historic Designation...

J. S. Johnston at Niagara Falls Niagara Falls became a popular...
Tue, 04/26/2016 - 9:30pm

J. S. Johnston at Niagara Falls Niagara Falls became a popular tourist destination over the course of the 19th century; the falls became the nation’s first state park in April 1885. These images...

Happy Preservation Week!Old photographs can be a challenge to...
Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:12am

Happy Preservation Week!Old photographs can be a challenge to preserve. This collection of cased photographs, which contains mostly ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, and tintypes, was recently rehoused...

Earth Day 1970To celebrate Earth Day 2016, we’re looking back at...
Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:18am

Earth Day 1970To celebrate Earth Day 2016, we’re looking back at the first Earth Day in 1970. More than one million people came out in New York City to show their support for the environmental...

When JFK Started Reading Time In 1933 Joseph P. Kennedy, the...
Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:10am

When JFK Started Reading Time In 1933 Joseph P. Kennedy, the father of John F. Kennedy and a statesman in his own right, took out a subscription to Time magazine on behalf of his eldest son. “Joe”...

Opening Day at Yankee StadiumLocated in the Bronx, the original...
Mon, 04/18/2016 - 9:43am

Opening Day at Yankee StadiumLocated in the Bronx, the original Yankee Stadium opened its doors to more than 60,000 eager fans on Monday, April 18, 1923. The stadium’s first home game featured the...

The Ghosts of Libby Prison During the Civil War, Libby Prison...
Thu, 04/14/2016 - 7:10pm

The Ghosts of Libby Prison During the Civil War, Libby Prison was notoriously miserable, and Union prisoner death rates were sky high. Twenty years after the war, the author of these sketches...

Thomas Jefferson, WeathermanThis page from Thomas Jefferson’s...
Thu, 04/14/2016 - 9:22am

Thomas Jefferson, WeathermanThis page from Thomas Jefferson’s meteorological journal covers the time just prior to his first term as Governor of Virginia, from February to April 1779. Among Jefferson...

The Springs of New York CityJames Reuel Smith was very...
Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:10am

The Springs of New York CityJames Reuel Smith was very interested in springs and wells. He spent a considerable amount of time bicycling through northern Manhattan and the Bronx locating and...

Historic Manuscripts - Now on View!The latest exhibition in the...
Fri, 04/08/2016 - 10:10am

Historic Manuscripts - Now on View!The latest exhibition in the N-YHS Library’s reading room includes this watercolor illustration of an 1872 school house in York, Pennsylvania. The artist, Lewis...

New York’s Scottish CastleThe Scottish Highlands are full of...
Wed, 04/06/2016 - 10:10am

New York’s Scottish CastleThe Scottish Highlands are full of legends and intrigue, so to celebrate Tartan Day, we’re checking out the strange castle that still sits on Pollepel Island in the...

Seeds for Sale!Never mind the current temperatures—spring is...
Mon, 04/04/2016 - 10:10am

Seeds for Sale!Never mind the current temperatures—spring is here, and that means it’s time to flip through your seed catalogs and start planning those gardens. This 1888 volume from Burpee’s has...

Boston in the Year 2078We usually focus on the history of New...
Fri, 04/01/2016 - 10:00am

Boston in the Year 2078We usually focus on the history of New York here, but in the spirit of April Fools’ Day, it seemed appropriate to look instead at the future of Boston. Through this rare...

“The Royal Tattoo” Kalākaua, the last reigning king of the...
Wed, 03/30/2016 - 10:00am

“The Royal Tattoo” Kalākaua, the last reigning king of the Kingdom of Hawaii, visited U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant in November 1874 and succeeded in negotiating a trade deal between Hawaii and...

Erika Stone’s NYC Street ScenesStreet photographer and...
Mon, 03/28/2016 - 10:10am

Erika Stone’s NYC Street ScenesStreet photographer and photojournalist Erika Stone’s work covers roughly 50 years of life in New York City, from the 1940s to the 1990s. Her interest in photography...

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory FireOn March 25, 1911, a fire broke...
Fri, 03/25/2016 - 10:15am

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory FireOn March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in a garment factory in Greenwich Village causing the death of 146 people, mostly young women from New York’s immigrant...

Love Letter to Elisa StuyvesantTadeusz Kościuszko was a Polish...
Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:00am

Love Letter to Elisa StuyvesantTadeusz Kościuszko was a Polish military leader and engineer. He fought against the British in the American Revolution and Russia in the Polish-Russian War of 1792....

Rebecca Lepkoff, a daughter of Jewish immigrants who grew up on...
Mon, 03/21/2016 - 10:00am

Rebecca Lepkoff, a daughter of Jewish immigrants who grew up on New York’s Lower East Side, began photographing her neighborhood in the early 1940s. For a time, she was a member of the Photo...

“The cartoon is a mighty medium”In 1933 Fiorello La Guardia, was...
Fri, 03/18/2016 - 10:00am

“The cartoon is a mighty medium”In 1933 Fiorello La Guardia, was running for mayor on a Fusion ticket, an independent coalition intent on replacing the corruption of Tammany Hall. He was fortunate...

“Old Morau” Manuscript Omar Ibn Sayyid, a merchant and teacher...
Wed, 03/16/2016 - 10:00am

“Old Morau” Manuscript Omar Ibn Sayyid, a merchant and teacher in modern-day Senegal was brought to the United States as a slave around 1770. While imprisoned at a North Carolina jail for fleeing...

Jessie Tarbox Beals, the country’s first woman photojournalist,...
Mon, 03/14/2016 - 10:01am

Jessie Tarbox Beals, the country’s first woman photojournalist, lived and worked for most of her career in New York City. Among her many subjects was Bohemian Greenwich Village during the 1910s...

We’re bringing out photo albums from the Civil War for a library...
Fri, 03/11/2016 - 11:01am

We’re bringing out photo albums from the Civil War for a library instruction class on the history of photography. This collection, Photographs of the War of the Rebellion, includes images of the...

These kids seem like they’re having fun…but where are...
Wed, 03/09/2016 - 10:28am

These kids seem like they’re having fun…but where are they and what are they doing? James Reuel Smith took this photograph sometime between 1893 and 1905, probably in New York CIty. Is that an armory...

Doris Ulmann began her career in photography making studio...
Mon, 03/07/2016 - 10:47am

Doris Ulmann began her career in photography making studio portraits for Manhattan professionals, but she later undertook a series of trips to document life in the Appalachians and American South...
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