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...

The second iteration of Madison Square Garden lasted from 1890...
Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:06am

The second iteration of Madison Square Garden lasted from 1890 to 1925. Occupying the block just north of Madison Square Park, it was famous for its Beaux Arts design as well the many amusements...

We’re on a journey up the Hudson River, beginning alongside the...
Sat, 06/03/2017 - 10:28am

We’re on a journey up the Hudson River, beginning alongside the Palisades, heading past Anthony’s Nose, and moving on to Storm King Mountain. Find more of photographer J.S. Johnston’s work in our...

hagleyvault: Today marks 100 years since “Over There”, George...
Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:35pm

hagleyvault: Today marks 100 years since “Over There”, George M. Cohan’s iconic WWI-era anthem, was published. Here, we share a war poster that borrows from the evocative title. This 1917 poster,...

In a softball game staged to benefit the Boys’ Club of New York,...
Wed, 05/31/2017 - 10:28am

In a softball game staged to benefit the Boys’ Club of New York, Robert Ripley of “Believe It or Not” fame led a team featuring Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey against Lowell Thomas’ Nine Old Men....

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth,...
Mon, 05/29/2017 - 10:09am

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth, we’re looking at a pair of JFK trading cards. They’re just one example of the kinds of memorabilia produced to commemorate the life...

Traveling for Memorial Day weekend? Robert Bracklow made the...
Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:12am

Traveling for Memorial Day weekend? Robert Bracklow made the trip from New York to the mountains of western Massachusetts for these images in 1905.Robert L. Bracklow. May Days in Berkshires:...

George H. Yewell paid sixty-five dollars for passage aboard the...
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:34am

George H. Yewell paid sixty-five dollars for passage aboard the ship James Foster Jr., and on the back of his receipt, he painted a charming nautical scene. Read more on our From the Stacks blog! 

Langston Hughes died 50 years ago, on May 22, 1967, in New York...
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:14am

Langston Hughes died 50 years ago, on May 22, 1967, in New York City. He published more than 40 books during a career that had a profound impact on American culture. His innovative use of language...

Thinking about summer accessories? Don’t forget a...
Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:12am

Thinking about summer accessories? Don’t forget a parasol. George E. Stonebridge. Robin in Garrison, N.Y., 1910; unidentified woman in Bronx, N.Y., circa 1902. glass negatives. New-York Historical...

Looking up at 34th Street, there’s Macy’s on the left, a brand...
Wed, 05/17/2017 - 9:37am

Looking up at 34th Street, there’s Macy’s on the left, a brand new Kratter building further ahead, just the top of the Hotel McAlpin, and yes, you might notice the Empire State Building, too.East...

This week marks the 150th anniversary of New York’s Tenement...
Mon, 05/15/2017 - 9:18am

This week marks the 150th anniversary of New York’s Tenement House Law, passed on May 14, 1867. It was the state’s first—although not nearly its last—attempt to address the squalid living...

Brooklyn tea party, 1898, with dog. Robert L. Bracklow. Outdoor...
Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:08am

Brooklyn tea party, 1898, with dog. Robert L. Bracklow. Outdoor tea party, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York. August 27, 1898. glass negative. New-York Historical Society. 

Snake skin, bison leather, lots of gold tooling…yeah,...
Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:14am

Snake skin, bison leather, lots of gold tooling…yeah, George Zabriskie was pretty fancy about his bookbinding. Read more about Zabriskie and the art of the book on our From the Stacks blog!...

So, like, what kind of music do you guys play?William Davis...
Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:19am

So, like, what kind of music do you guys play?William Davis Hassler. Group portrait of workers at streetcar barn, W. 50th Street and Seventh Avenue (l-r): Dowling, Lande, Lee, Gabriel, Friedman,...

Trained in pediatric care at the New York Foundling Hospital,...
Sat, 05/06/2017 - 9:45am

Trained in pediatric care at the New York Foundling Hospital, these nurses were prepared to offer critical services to children in need.As National Nurses’ Week kicks off, remember to thank all the...

The YWCA was one of several organizations that comprised the...
Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:04am

The YWCA was one of several organizations that comprised the United War Work Campaign, which was formed to support war relief efforts at home and overseas during World War I. As a women’s...

We’re celebrating National Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Day with a little...
Sun, 04/30/2017 - 9:21am

We’re celebrating National Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Day with a little booklet about the Bide-A-Wee Home for Friendless Animals. Founded at the start of the 20th century, it was ahead of its time with...

In 1936, Time sent out a questionnaire to readers who had...
Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:37am

In 1936, Time sent out a questionnaire to readers who had allowed their subscriptions to expire. Among other things, the researchers discovered a 12% increase in “drops due to degree of EDITORIAL...

Happy birthday to Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect...
Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:08am

Happy birthday to Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect behind New York City’s Central Park.Robert L. Bracklow. An April day in Central Park. 1895. New-York Historical Society.William D....

After the Revolution, the United States was left carrying an...
Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:06am

After the Revolution, the United States was left carrying an enormous amount of debt, and the young nation entered a period of great economic anxiety. This 1784 Congressional report lists the large...

“I must record as matter of curiosity the results of my silly...
Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:19pm

“I must record as matter of curiosity the results of my silly experiments with Hashish,” wrote George Templeton Strong in a diary entry dated September 1, 1856. Strong, a noted member of New York...

Several women’s magazines were founded in the 1970s, including...
Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:17am

Several women’s magazines were founded in the 1970s, including Ms., Working Woman, Working Mother, Playgirl, W, and Viva. In 1977, Time Inc. thought it might have something to offer the modern...

Here’s a view from the corner of Broad Street and Bridge Street,...
Sun, 04/16/2017 - 7:34pm

Here’s a view from the corner of Broad Street and Bridge Street, courtesy of photographer Frank Ingalls. Surely the bowler hat is due for a comeback, by the way.Frank Ingalls. New York City: horse-...

Employees of the Eagle Pencil Company went on strike during the...
Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:25am

Employees of the Eagle Pencil Company went on strike during the summer of 1938 to protest a ten percent reduction in wages. Edwin Levick photographed the scene at the company’s factory in Yonkers...

“For without the aid of original records and authentic...
Tue, 04/11/2017 - 10:03am

“For without the aid of original records and authentic documents, history would be nothing more than a well-combined series of ingenious conjectures and amusing fables”  – From an 1805...

On April 9, 1963, Winston Churchill was made an honorary citizen...
Sun, 04/09/2017 - 9:35am

On April 9, 1963, Winston Churchill was made an honorary citizen of the United States by John F. Kennedy. A most prestigious honor, it was still just one of many expressions of admiration that the...

The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, by...
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 1:31pm

The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, by declaring war on the German Empire. John Purroy Mitchel, mayor of New York City at the time, issued a proclamation warning that any...

Satirical political memes are not really a new thing. When...
Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:03am

Satirical political memes are not really a new thing. When Franklin Roosevelt drew on the imagery of Psalm 23 in a speech supporting his New Deal programs, Republicans rolled their eyes and began...
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