Bustles, panniers, high heels, and corsets forced a fashionably...
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 10:01am

Bustles, panniers, high heels, and corsets forced a fashionably dressed woman of the late 19th century to bend forward a bit in order to keep her balance. This posture came to be known as the “...

In a horoscope for Richard Nixon, written not long after his...
Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:55am

In a horoscope for Richard Nixon, written not long after his first inauguration, astrologer Isabel Hickey described the new president as “a very strong Capricorn.” She had a number of positive...

Editta Sherman was a portrait photographer who lived and worked...
Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:21am

Editta Sherman was a portrait photographer who lived and worked for decades in an artist studio above Carnegie Hall. Among her clients were many stars of stage and screen, who...

New York City was a hub for Cuban expatriates and exiles through...
Fri, 09/15/2017 - 9:54am

New York City was a hub for Cuban expatriates and exiles through most of the 19th century. In particular, the outbreak of war between Cuba and Spain in 1868 led to an enormous influx of Cubans into...

In the late 1500s, Timucua was the primary indigenous language...
Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:09am

In the late 1500s, Timucua was the primary indigenous language spoken in northeastern and central Florida and southeastern Georgia. Now an extinct language, Timucua is known through only nine...

In the days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, a number...
Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:35am

In the days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, a number of spontaneous memorials appeared in the city. One, later named Tiles for America, displayed thousands of hand-painted tiles with...

The year was 1965. Rodents were the scourge of coffee shops...
Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:25am

The year was 1965. Rodents were the scourge of coffee shops throughout Manhattan. One cat was ready to answer the call. Jack Margolin. “Dependable Mouser.” 690 Sixth Avenue, New York City. 1965....

Members of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union...
Mon, 09/04/2017 - 10:08am

Members of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union marched in Labor Day parades in New York City to promote the efforts of organized labor and encourage people to buy clothing with a “...

Henry Grunwald had no time for your phony vigor, foreign...
Thu, 08/31/2017 - 10:55am

Henry Grunwald had no time for your phony vigor, foreign phrases, or bad puns. In a letter to Time Managing Editor Otto Fuerbringer, the magazine’s assistant managing editor described the “style...

General Tom Thumb was the stage name used by Charles Stratton,...
Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:09am

General Tom Thumb was the stage name used by Charles Stratton, the world famous performer recognized for his talents on stage as well as his diminutive stature. In 1842, when Stratton was just four...

This week The Village Voice announced that it will be ending its...
Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:23am

This week The Village Voice announced that it will be ending its print edition after more than six decades on the streets of New York City. In that time, it published plenty of iconic columns and...

On August 31, 1932, Cape Cod experienced a total solar eclipse....
Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:44am

On August 31, 1932, Cape Cod experienced a total solar eclipse. The Fowler family was out on the beach with their friends and their special glasses to witness it. Watching the Solar Eclipse. 1932...

President Abraham Lincoln wrote frequently to his secretary of...
Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:29am

President Abraham Lincoln wrote frequently to his secretary of war Edwin Stanton throughout the time that the two worked together. Typically, his letters concerned the administration of the conflict...

Conchology, the study of mollusk shells, was a popular...
Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:12am

Conchology, the study of mollusk shells, was a popular discipline among early American intellectuals. This print originally belonged to scientist, congressman, physician, and founding member of the...

Useful information here for anyone planing to either visit New...
Thu, 08/10/2017 - 9:56am

Useful information here for anyone planing to either visit New York City or leave it. Stranger’s guide around New York, and how to leave it. between 1853 and 1858. New-York Historical Society. 

Remember to thank your local lighthouse keeper, because those...
Mon, 08/07/2017 - 10:08am

Remember to thank your local lighthouse keeper, because those lanterns don’t light themselves!Skinner. Newark Bay. 1922. Lighthouse Photograph and Print Collection. New-York Historical Society.

Coney Island, long before the Mermaid Parade was even a...
Fri, 08/04/2017 - 10:12am

Coney Island, long before the Mermaid Parade was even a thing.Frank M. Ingalls. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction, Luna Park, Coney Island. circa 1903-1905. stereograph. New-York Historical...

WWI propaganda posters frequently used images of women to...
Wed, 08/02/2017 - 10:05am

WWI propaganda posters frequently used images of women to encourage Americans to become involved with the war effort. Posters for the American Red Cross, meant to appeal both to women interested in...

Abram S. Hewitt was born July 31, 1822, in Haverstraw, New York....
Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:18am

Abram S. Hewitt was born July 31, 1822, in Haverstraw, New York. His career as a lawyer and iron manufacturer eventually led him to politics. In 1874 he was elected to the U.S. House of...

Prior to independence, one had to go through the British...
Fri, 07/28/2017 - 11:49am

Prior to independence, one had to go through the British Supreme Court in order to become a naturalized citizen of the American colonies. The requirements included holding residence in the colonies...

Time has been declaring a Person of the Year since January 1928...
Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:29am

Time has been declaring a Person of the Year since January 1928 (called Man of the Year until 1999), and on more than one occasion, readers have disapproved. The January 1, 1973 cover featuring...

On July 24, 1920, Bella Abzug was born in the Bronx, New York....
Mon, 07/24/2017 - 10:28am

On July 24, 1920, Bella Abzug was born in the Bronx, New York. She went on to become one of the nation’s most prominent advocates for peace, social justice, and gender equality. In 1970 she was...

If you are ever encouraged to take an electro-chemical bath, do...
Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:09am

If you are ever encouraged to take an electro-chemical bath, do not do it! It’s pretty much just what it sounds like.Read about this and other 19th-century medical uses of electricity on our From...

I have been told that there were no dancing hot dogs in the...
Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:21am

I have been told that there were no dancing hot dogs in the early 20th century. The evidence, however, suggests otherwise.Robert Bracklow. View of the Brooklyn Bridge from an unidentified ferry, New...

ME: What are you doing with that Hamilton pamphlet?CONSERVATOR:...
Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:13am

ME: What are you doing with that Hamilton pamphlet?CONSERVATOR: Removing the binding and giving the pages a little bath.ME:CONSERVATOR: Then we’ll dry the pages, unweighted, using felts, mend...

Renovation work began this week on New York’s Penn Station,...
Fri, 07/14/2017 - 10:07am

Renovation work began this week on New York’s Penn Station, where commuters have been crowded underground since the first structure was famously, and controversially, razed in 1963. Here’s a look...

Happy birthday to Buckminster Fuller! The writer and designer...
Wed, 07/12/2017 - 11:55am

Happy birthday to Buckminster Fuller! The writer and designer who advocated for “the total use of total technology for total population” was born July 12, 1895, in Milton, Massachusetts.Fuller...

On July 10, 1856, Nikola Tesla was born in the village of...
Mon, 07/10/2017 - 10:17am

On July 10, 1856, Nikola Tesla was born in the village of Smiljan in what is now Croatia. He came to the United States in 1884 and spent much of his career in New York City, performing...

In 1901, the Natural Foods Company opened an...
Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:27am

In 1901, the Natural Foods Company opened an ambitious factory dedicated to the production and promotion of shredded wheat. Located in Niagara Falls, New York, it was meant to...

If you’re enjoying the fireworks tonight, spare a thought...
Tue, 07/04/2017 - 10:36am

If you’re enjoying the fireworks tonight, spare a thought for Robert Jones, an Englishman who was advancing the art of pyrotechnics more than a decade before the American Revolution began. Jones...

The year is 1947 and ice cream “is fine to include in a reducing...
Sat, 07/01/2017 - 10:09am

The year is 1947 and ice cream “is fine to include in a reducing diet for it is high in protective values yet is relatively low in calories.” And don’t worry that ice cream doesn’t have enough...

Tourists began flocking to Niagara Falls in the mid-19th...
Thu, 06/29/2017 - 11:09am

Tourists began flocking to Niagara Falls in the mid-19th century, and visitors are still awed by the 757,500 gallons of water that come crashing down every second.American Falls from the ferry,...

Even in the 1910s, when industry was booming along the Brooklyn...
Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:14am

Even in the 1910s, when industry was booming along the Brooklyn waterfront, it was unusual to hire a world-renowned architect to build a warehouse. But Austin, Nichols & Co., Inc., the...

Arbuckle Brothers was once the biggest coffee merchant in the...
Sat, 06/24/2017 - 6:52pm

Arbuckle Brothers was once the biggest coffee merchant in the country, and its base of operations was in Brooklyn, just under the Manhattan Bridge. It became famous for selling pre-roasted...

Happy Birthday to June Carter Cash! This portrait of the country...
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:16am

Happy Birthday to June Carter Cash! This portrait of the country music princess was done by Editta Sherman, who spent decades photographing celebrities in her studio above Carnegie Hall. Our...

In its June 25, 1990, issue, Time published an essay by Charles...
Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:09am

In its June 25, 1990, issue, Time published an essay by Charles Krauthammer arguing that too much federal funding was going to combating the AIDS pandemic. The essay was a catalyst for the...

Lesbians & Gay Men at Time Warner Inc. was...
Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:39am

Lesbians & Gay Men at Time Warner Inc. was a grassroots organization founded in 1990 to provide advocacy, education, and social support for the company’s LGBT employees....

These young members of The Boys’ Club of New York are headed off...
Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:28am

These young members of The Boys’ Club of New York are headed off to William Carey Camp in scenic Jamesport, New York. The organization’s annual report for 1925-1926 describes the scene:Every other...

It’s Flag Day, so everybody give it up for Old Glory, adopted as...
Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:08am

It’s Flag Day, so everybody give it up for Old Glory, adopted as the flag of the United States on this day in 1777.William D. Hassler. American flag flying on a tower of the Sherman Creek power...

Victor Hugo Green’s travel guide for African Americans offered...
Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:12am

Victor Hugo Green’s travel guide for African Americans offered readers a way to navigate the dangerous landscape that was the Jim Crow era in the United States. Published from 1936 to 1966, it...

So today is World Gin Day, and—what’s that?—you don’t have any...
Sat, 06/10/2017 - 10:19am

So today is World Gin Day, and—what’s that?—you don’t have any gin? Perhaps Samuel M'Harry’s 1809 guide to distilling can be of service. Here he provides an interesting approach to creating “...

While the Selective Service Act—passed on May 18,...
Wed, 06/07/2017 - 10:36am

While the Selective Service Act—passed on May 18, 1917—authorized a draft, it was still necessary to encourage volunteer enlistments. To this end, dramatically illustrated posters were commissioned...
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