After being sworn in as the 16th president of the United States,...
Fri, 01/20/2017 - 10:04am

After being sworn in as the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln addressed a nation that had already seen several Southern states secede. The text of his first inaugural address...

Flushing’s old Cedar of Lebanon had survived for 200 years when...
Wed, 01/18/2017 - 10:04am

Flushing’s old Cedar of Lebanon had survived for 200 years when it was fatally struck by lightning in 1934. This postcard depicts the legendary tree as it stood amidst the rural meadows of Queens.See...

“Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign is continuing with...
Mon, 01/16/2017 - 10:17am

“Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign is continuing with even greater momentum since his death,” reads this flyer circulated in the spring of 1968 by the West Village Poor People’s Campaign...

We recently partnered with the MTA and Governor Cuomo to collect...
Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:04am

We recently partnered with the MTA and Governor Cuomo to collect and preserve a portion of the Subway Therapy installation created by Matthew “Levee” Chavez in Manhattan’s Union Square subway...

Take pictures of cats, and the future will thank...
Wed, 01/11/2017 - 10:07am

Take pictures of cats, and the future will thank you. #WednesdayWisdomMore of Mr. Hassler’s cat photography here.William D. Hassler. Peaches and two unidentified young cats posed in a doorway....

Through much of the 20th century, Brooklyn’s waterfront was home...
Mon, 01/09/2017 - 11:07am

Through much of the 20th century, Brooklyn’s waterfront was home to one of the most important commercial shipping centers in the world. Feininger, Andreas. Stevedores unloading a ship on the...

We’re just over here sipping mulled cider about to hop in the...
Fri, 01/06/2017 - 9:31am

We’re just over here sipping mulled cider about to hop in the sleigh. Might go down to the lake and do a little ice skating later on.  Old Fashioned Winters exhibit sign. 1953. New-York Historical...

These New York waterways are clad in Prussian blue via the...
Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:47am

These New York waterways are clad in Prussian blue via the cyanotype printing process. Cyanotypes are more commonly seen in architectural blueprints, but they can lend an interesting effect to all...

Is your corset too tight? Are you perhaps finding it difficult...
Mon, 01/02/2017 - 10:08am

Is your corset too tight? Are you perhaps finding it difficult to breathe? Then you may be interested in The Emancipation Waist, which will “leave every nerve, vein and blood-vessel free to act.”...

Happy New Year to all the rakes and ranters out there! And a...
Sat, 12/31/2016 - 8:35pm

Happy New Year to all the rakes and ranters out there! And a hearty thank you for following along all year—there’s more to come in 2017.Edmondson’s Stereographs. First Intoxication. PR065-0881-0004....

Andreas Feininger, one of the most prolific and well-regarded...
Thu, 12/29/2016 - 10:15am

Andreas Feininger, one of the most prolific and well-regarded chroniclers of Manhattan in the 20th century, took these photographs of the Times Square neighborhood in the early 1980s.Andreas...

This sketchbook of tattoo designs needed a little bit of work...
Tue, 12/27/2016 - 10:35am

This sketchbook of tattoo designs needed a little bit of work done before it was ready for the upcoming exhibition Tattooed New York. Read about the conservation process over at our From the...

Prior to the Victorian era, Father Christmas was perhaps less...
Sat, 12/24/2016 - 8:35pm

Prior to the Victorian era, Father Christmas was perhaps less concerned with children’s morals and more concerned with having a good time. The modern Santa Claus tends to be more buttoned up, but he...

In the late 18th century, many Americans, including Christians,...
Fri, 12/23/2016 - 10:15am

In the late 18th century, many Americans, including Christians, were becoming interested in the study of Hebrew. This particular volume of Hebrew grammar was owned by John Pintard, the founder of the...

It’s winter once again, New York, so stay warm out there, or be...
Wed, 12/21/2016 - 10:17am

It’s winter once again, New York, so stay warm out there, or be like this guy walking around with his coat open smoking a pipe. Whatever works for you.George E. Stonebridge. Man crossing the Brooklyn...

George Templeton Strong kept a private journal from 1835 to...
Mon, 12/19/2016 - 10:11am

George Templeton Strong kept a private journal from 1835 to 1875, and in it he described his life as a New York lawyer in great detail. He also left us this rather striking illustration, probably...

Happy Maple Syrup Day! This stereoscopic image comes from the...
Sat, 12/17/2016 - 10:31am

Happy Maple Syrup Day! This stereoscopic image comes from the Green Mountains of Vermont, where they’re still boiling down the sap of maple trees for all to enjoy.American Scenery. In the Sugar Bush...

Spruce beer was more common in the 18th and 19th centuries, when...
Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:21am

Spruce beer was more common in the 18th and 19th centuries, when hops were not readily available in North America. In this recipe, the phrase “the Essence,” refers to spruce essence, but feel free to...

Cass Gilbert designed a monumental building for the Saint Louis...
Mon, 12/12/2016 - 10:13am

Cass Gilbert designed a monumental building for the Saint Louis Museum of Art, and within it, he imagined this idyllic library scene. Cass Gilbert. Interior perspective, Richardson Memorial Library...

“These are the things I hope will show how he really was,” wrote...
Fri, 12/09/2016 - 10:08am

“These are the things I hope will show how he really was,” wrote Jacqueline Kennedy in the May 29, 1964, issue of Life. The magazine ran a short feature on her efforts to organize a traveling...

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...
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