There are a few significant monuments to George Washington in...
Mon, 02/19/2018 - 9:48am

There are a few significant monuments to George Washington in New York, but the Washington Square Arch is perhaps the most prominent. Designed by Stanford White to commemorate the centennial of...

The Colored National Labor Union was established at a convention...
Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:18am

The Colored National Labor Union was established at a convention held in Washington, D.C., in December 1869. While the organization was created because black workers were excluded from the major...

This month marks the 200th anniversary of Frederick...
Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:11am

This month marks the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth. Douglass had been publicly involved in the abolitionist movement for more than two decades when the Civil War broke out. He was...

Hidden, or disappearing, fore-edge painting is a technique that...
Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:00am

Hidden, or disappearing, fore-edge painting is a technique that dates back to the mid 17th century, when London bookbinders began decorating not the flat edge of a text block, but rather the...

midwestconservator: Oh my…well this is awkward. In a busy print...
Mon, 02/05/2018 - 10:57am

midwestconservator: Oh my…well this is awkward. In a busy print shop, it was the compositor’s job to very carefully set the type, letter by letter. Occasionally mistakes were made.  Samuel Gale. ...

The New York World Building, completed in 1890, was once a...
Thu, 02/01/2018 - 7:48pm

The New York World Building, completed in 1890, was once a towering presence on Newspaper Row. Commissioned by Joseph Pulitzer, owner of the New York World, it was, until 1894, the tallest building...

Happy Birthday, Franklin Roosevelt! Born on January 30, 1882, in...
Tue, 01/30/2018 - 10:08am

Happy Birthday, Franklin Roosevelt! Born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, FDR became the 32nd president of the United States in the midst of the Great Depression, and died while still in...

Edith Wharton, born January 24, 1862, in New York City, is of...
Wed, 01/24/2018 - 10:08am

Edith Wharton, born January 24, 1862, in New York City, is of course best known for her literary work—but her charitable efforts during World War I were remarkable as well. Wharton had taken up...

One Times Square is easily among the city’s most iconic...
Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:36am

One Times Square is easily among the city’s most iconic addresses. Before the New York Times moved in, however, the area was known as Longacre Square. Adolph Ochs, the newspaper’s publisher,...

In the 1890s, New York politician William Sulzer began investing...
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:11am

In the 1890s, New York politician William Sulzer began investing in the mining industry in what was then the District of Alaska. Over the following decades he continued to visit while pursuing...

Let us march on ballot boxes, march on ballot boxes until...
Mon, 01/15/2018 - 9:18am

Let us march on ballot boxes, march on ballot boxes until race-baiters disappear from the political arena.Let us march on ballot boxes until the salient misdeeds of bloodthirsty mobs will be...

A fire broke out early on the morning of January 12, 1903,...
Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:08am

A fire broke out early on the morning of January 12, 1903, inside a building belonging to Fayerweather & Ladew, a leather manufacturing company, on the southwest corner of Allen and Houston...

Published on January 10, 1776, Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common...
Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:28am

Published on January 10, 1776, Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense made an influential argument for American independence. Arriving nine months after the Battles of Lexington and Concord and six...

Just a normal day inside the conservation lab as we get ready...
Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:03am

Just a normal day inside the conservation lab as we get ready for Collecting the Women’s Marches, opening January 19.

New York City winters can be frustrating, for sure. Diarist...
Fri, 01/05/2018 - 9:44am

New York City winters can be frustrating, for sure. Diarist George Templeton Strong went on a bit of a rant following one snowstorm in early January 1856: This is a stern winter. Saturday’s...

Published near the start of the French and Indian War, this map...
Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:02pm

Published near the start of the French and Indian War, this map was made to contrast the “rightful” claims of the English with the “encroachments” of the French. Commissioned by an anti-French...

Happy New Year, everybody! (Yes, there was indeed a time when...
Sun, 12/31/2017 - 11:59pm

Happy New Year, everybody! (Yes, there was indeed a time when people set off fireworks in the middle of Manhattan.)Frank M. Ingalls. Fireworks between 23rd Street and 24th Street, New York City....

Soldier and artist Salvator Cillis spent the end of 1917 in the...
Thu, 12/28/2017 - 10:28am

Soldier and artist Salvator Cillis spent the end of 1917 in the snow at Long Island’s Camp Upton. Describing himself as “half an artist, three-quarters of a sign painter” he illustrated these New...

Thomas Nast’s illustrations of Santa Claus remain the standard...
Sun, 12/24/2017 - 8:17pm

Thomas Nast’s illustrations of Santa Claus remain the standard for how we think of old Father Christmas. Largely inspired by Clement Clarke Moore’s poem A Visit from Saint Nicholas, they were...

Were there really kittens playing among the boots at Oak Hall?...
Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:04am

Were there really kittens playing among the boots at Oak Hall? Probably not, but Philadelphia’s grand clothing store, opened by Wanamaker & Brown in 1861, was nonetheless bustling with activity...

This 1867 receipt was in trouble. If it was to...
Mon, 12/18/2017 - 10:04am

This 1867 receipt was in trouble. If it was to survive as a usable document, it needed to be removed from the brittle, acidic board that it was adhered to. The video above...

Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay Jr., appeared on 39 Sports...
Fri, 12/15/2017 - 1:56pm

Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay Jr., appeared on 39 Sports Illustrated covers over the course of his career. The June 10, 1963, issue was his first. The article covered his time in London prior to...

Seen through the lens of Irving Browning, New York in the 1920s...
Wed, 12/13/2017 - 9:45am

Seen through the lens of Irving Browning, New York in the 1920s and 1930s was a city of dramatic contrasts. From the top of the Empire State Building to the gum on the street, he found...

“The City of New York stands in the bosom of a spacious bay,”...
Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:22am

“The City of New York stands in the bosom of a spacious bay,” begins the geographic description on this 1797 map of Manhattan. It was the first such map to be published independent of a book or...

People, please do not taunt the neighborhood goat.John S....
Sat, 12/09/2017 - 10:12am

People, please do not taunt the neighborhood goat.John S. Johnston. Goat and children. circa 1890s. Stereograph file. New-York Historical Society.

Many Americans responded to the attack on Pearl Harbor by...
Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:03am

Many Americans responded to the attack on Pearl Harbor by donating blood. The American Red Cross Blood Donor Service was established in February 1941, but following the attack on December 7, 1941...

New York City’s culinary scene was different, but still...
Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:50am

New York City’s culinary scene was different, but still recognizable, roughly a century ago. William J. Roege, then a young commercial photographer, documented a number of Manhattan’s buildings...

Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835, as Samuel Langhorne...
Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:11am

Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835, as Samuel Langhorne Clemens in the tiny village of Florida, Missouri. At a gala celebrating his 70th birthday, he considered the subject of birthdays and...

Do you have a headache and a spare bushel of pears? A pamphlet...
Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:24am

Do you have a headache and a spare bushel of pears? A pamphlet from Dr. James Cook Ayer & Co. gives equal time to pills and preserves. Ayer was a major name in the world of patent (i.e. not...

The year is 1915. We’re at the Biltmore, one of New York City’s...
Fri, 11/24/2017 - 10:16am

The year is 1915. We’re at the Biltmore, one of New York City’s newest luxury hotels. An orchestra, led by Hazay Natzy, is playing, and in the audience is the revered French composer Camille Saint-...

Lots of turkey, Broadway talent…hmm…is something missing here?...
Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:29am

Lots of turkey, Broadway talent…hmm…is something missing here? Thanksgiving 1933 was the last major American holiday to be celebrated during the Prohibition era. This meant that a fine speakeasy such...

The concept of Manifest Destiny was not...
Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:36am

The concept of Manifest Destiny was not universally embraced by Americans of European heritage. Many objected to the forced removals and ongoing wars against indigenous tribes on...

In 1904, Jessie Tarbox Beals was in St. Louis to photograph the...
Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:31pm

In 1904, Jessie Tarbox Beals was in St. Louis to photograph the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Her work at the event won national acclaim in spite of the fact that she struggled to receive...

Pro Vietnam War demonstrators gathered in the late 1960s to...
Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:21am

Pro Vietnam War demonstrators gathered in the late 1960s to express support for the United States’ military intervention in Southeast Asia and to oppose the growing antiwar movement. Our exhibition...

Armistice Day was first celebrated on November 11, 1919, a year...
Sat, 11/11/2017 - 10:16am

Armistice Day was first celebrated on November 11, 1919, a year after fighting ceased between the Allies of World War I and Germany. In 1926, Congress officially recognized the observance, and passed...

“Thanks for caring about me,” wrote a plant living in the oval...
Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:04am

“Thanks for caring about me,” wrote a plant living in the oval office of Ronald Regan’s White House. The letter was addressed to Ray Cave, managing editor of Time, who presumably knew the human...

Just two months after the Interborough Rapid Transit Company...
Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:25am

Just two months after the Interborough Rapid Transit Company opened a subway line in New York City, a Mr. S. Schwartz was compelled to type out a complaint. Just as he had purchased a ticket at...

A pair of Civil War letters feature patriotic illustrations to...
Thu, 11/02/2017 - 10:03am

A pair of Civil War letters feature patriotic illustrations to express the Union Army’s cause. Written by William Scott to his brother stationed further north, and to his mother back home in New...
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