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Get in the historical spirit with our creative downloads! Print out intricate coloring pages that are inspired by favorites from our collection, like John James Audubon's avian watercolors and our brilliant Tiffany lamp shades. Also, download our New-York Historical-themed Zoom backgrounds and impress your friends and family at your next videoconference. 
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Coloring Pages

 

Proposed Coat of Arms for New Amsterdam, New Netherland

Created around 1630, this illustration first appeared in a catalog in May 1869 and was described as a proposed coat-of-arms for New Amsterdam in the Dutch colony of New Netherland, now New York. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf. See the original image here.

 

 


 

 

Ki On Twog Ky (also known as Cornplanter)

The 1796 portrait by F. Bartoli commemorates Cornplanter's May 1786 meeting with the U.S. Congress in New York, which signaled the establishment of peaceful relations between the Seneca chief and the young republic. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf. See the original image here.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

George Washington Portrait

This 1835 portrait of America's first president was painted by Asher B. Durand after the famous portrait of Washington by Gilbert Stuart. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf. See the original image here.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kinky Boots

These flashy boots are part of a costume worn by actor and dancer Kevin Smith Kirkwood in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, about a failing, family-owned shoe factory that finds new life making fabulous footwear for drag entertainers. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf. See the original image here


Model for Abraham Lincoln

Made by artist Daniel Chester French, this plaster maquette of our 16th president's head was used as the model for the giant statue in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and was created between 1919-1920. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf. See the original image here


Curtain for the Ballet "Le Tricorne"

On view since 2015, Pablo Picasso's towering painted theater curtain for the ballet Le Tricorne (1919) is both a treasured work of art and a legendary piece of New York City history: It had previously been installed at the Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagrams Building for 55 years before finding a new home at New-York Historical. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf. See the original image here


Scalloped Edge Bowl

Made in China, this bowl is part of an 107-piece service of porcelain purchased by Gerrit Huybert Van Wagenen (1753-1835), a hardware merchant at Beekman Slip in New York City. Gerrit purchased the service in 1816 for a dinner held for "all the Episcopal clergymen of New York except one." Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf. See the original image here


News from the Front

An unidentified artist made this oil-on-canvas, Civil War-era work depicting a woman reading the New York Times to her husband, a wounded Union soldier. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf. See the original image here


Billie Jean King Tennis Shoes

These blue Adidas tennis shoes date to around 1973 and were part of King's signature line of footwear. King herself never wore this pair—visitors who see them in person often remark on how small they are. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf. See the original image here


Mrs. Alfred Tobias (Hermione Hendricks, 1825–1891)

This portrait by Jacob H. Lazarus was probably painted around the time of Hermione's marriage to Alfred Tobias in 1847. Because of her husband's active affiliation with Congregation Shearith Israel, America's first Jewish congregation, we can surmise that much of her family life centered around New York City's oldest Jewish community, whose earliest members arrived in 1654, after fleeing their former home in Recife, Brazil. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf. See the actual portrait here.


"Everybody Wants a Key to My Cellar"

Sheet music for the song "Everybody Want a Key to My Cellar," by Ed Rose, Billy Baskette, and Lew Pollack, McCarthy & Fisher, Inc., 1919. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf.


Peter Doelger Beer Advertising Sign

A tin advertising sign (1890-1920) for Peter Doelger Beer of a man resembling Teddy Roosevelt drinking beer with a lobster dinner. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf.


Carolina Parakeet

John James Audubon created his lively watercolor of these now-extinct birds sometime around 1825. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf. See the actual watercolor here


Tiffany Lamp Fruit Shade

This image was inspired by the Fruit Table Lamp in our collection, which was likely designed by Clara Driscoll between 1900-1906. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf.


Tiffany Lamp Stalactite Shade

This image was inspired by the Stalactite Hanging Shade in our collection, which was created between 1904-1910 and hung in Louis Comfort Tiffany's Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf.


Tiffany Lamp Laburnum Shade

This image was inspired by the Laburnum Table Lamp in our collection, which was probably designed by Clara Driscoll between 1901-1906. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full pdf. These Tiffany Lamp pages are excerpts from our Tiffany Glass Coloring Book, available for purchase online at the NYHistory Store.


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IBM General Purpose Punched Card

A new type of punch card developed by IBM in 1928, as seen in our past exhibtion Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York. Click here or on the thumbnail for the larger image.


The Fourth of July, 1916

This detail from a 1916 portrait by Childe Hassam depicts Fifth Avenue bedecked with dozens of American flags in celebration of Independence Day in 1916. The artist was a committed supporter of the Preparedness Movement, which advocated for a strengthened national defense after the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914. Click here or on the thumbnail for the larger image.


Meet the Presidents' Oval Office

New-York Historical's ongoing exhibition Meet the Presidents includes this detailed re-creation of the Oval Office, complete with a Resolute desk. Click here or on the thumbnail for the larger image.


Button Backdrop

Show your pride with this colorful collection of historical pinback buttons from the collection of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, a collective that was the subject of our Stonewall 50 installation, By the Force of Our Presence: Highlights from the Lesbian Herstory ArchivesClick here or on the thumbnail for the larger image.


Ballroom and Bunting

We don't have much information yet on this undated photograph from the George P. Hall collection (1876-1914). But the nattily dressed crowd includes a surprising number of women and the stars-and-stripes bunting gives the event a patriotic flair. Click here or on the thumbnail for the larger image.


Canal Street (detail), Martin Wong 

Martin Wong painted this ostentatious scene in 1992, one of a series inspired by the streetscapes of New York's Chinatown, as part of his efforts to locate himself as a Chinese American, gay activist, and West Coast émigré within an ethnic community. Click here or on the thumbnail for the larger image.


Thompson Street News

People walk past the beloved Greenwich Village newsstand in 1997. Click here or on the thumbnail for the larger image.


Ebbets Field

This bird's-eye view of the entrance to Ebbets Field was taken on Sept. 2, 1914. The Brooklyn Dodgers' home stadium had only been opened the year before in 1913 and would survive until 1960 when it was demolished. Click here or on the thumbnail for the larger image.
 


Yonah Shimmel Knish Bakery

A 1985 photograph from the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library's collection shows the storefront of Yonah Shimmel's in the Lower East Side. The 110-year-old bakery is closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but they're still taking knish orders onlineClick here or on the thumbnail for the full image.


Steve Brodie’s Saloon

An undated photograph from the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library's collection of the late 19th-century Bowery bar run by Steve Brodie, a man who earned fame for allegedly jumping off of the Brooklyn Bridge as a stunt and surviving the fall. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full image.


Early Autumn

Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church created this oil-on-canvas landscape ca. 1865-1866. Click here or on the thumbnail for the full image.

 

Images: 
Proposed Coat of Arms for New Amsterdam, New Netherland: Preparatory Drawing for a Presentation to the Dutch West India Company: ca. 1630. Gift of J. Carson BrevoortKi On Twog Ky (also known as Cornplanter, 1732/40–1836): F. Bartoli. 1796. Gift of Thomas Jefferson Bryan; George Washington: Asher B. Durand  (1796-1886) after Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828). 1835. Gift of the New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts; Kinky Boots: Designer Gregg Barnes, Artist/Maker T.O. Dey (founded 1926). Gift of Kinky Boots. Model for Abraham Lincoln. Daniel Chester French. 1919-1920. Gift of Mrs. William Penn Cresson (Margaret French); Curtain for the Ballet "Le Tricorne". Pablo Picasso. 1919. Gift of New York Landmarks Conservancy, Courtesy of Vivendi Universal; Scalloped edge bowl. ca. 1816. Gift of Barbara Parker Chasis, Descendant of Gerrit Huybert Van Wagenen (1753-1835); News from the Front. Unidentified artist, ca. 1863-1864. Mrs. William Sawitzky. New-York Historical Society; Adidas Tennis Shoes. ca. 1973. Gift of Billie Jean King; Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis), Study for Havell plate no. 26, ca. 1825. Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon; Mrs. Alfred Tobias (Hermione Hendricks, 1825–1891). Artist/Maker Jacob H. Lazarus  (1822 - 1891). Oil on canvas. Gift of Harmon H. Goldstone, New-York Historical Society;. Trade Sign, 1890-1920, Gift of Bella C. Landauer. New-York Historical Society. "Everybody Wants a Key to My Cellar", 1919. Patricia D. Klingenstein Library; IBM Punch Card: courtesy of IBM Coporation Archives; The Fourth of July, 1916: Childe Hassam  (1859 - 1935). 1916. Gift of Richard Gilder, 2016; Oval Office: Lead support for the installation of the Oval Office provided by Ira Lipman with generous support from Richard Gilder and Leonard Lauder & Judy Lauder; Pinback buttons: Graphic by Marcela Gonzalez. Pin-back buttons courtesy of the Lesbian Herstory Archives; Large group of people in an unidentified ballroom draped in flags and bunting, undated. Includes many women. George P. Hall & Son photograph collection, circa 1876-1914. Patricia D. Klingenstein Library. Canal Street (detail). Martin Wong (1946-1999). 1992. Purchase, Watson Fund; Thompson Street News. Edwin Martin. Patricia D. Klingenstein Library; Ebbets Field. Sept. 2, 1914. Photographed for the Success Postal Card Company. William D. Hassler photograph collection, Patricia D. Klingenstein Library; Yonah Shimmel Knish Bakery, Lower East Side, New York City, 1985. Eugene Gordon Photographic Collection, Patricia D. Klingenstein Library; Steve Brodie’s Saloon, undated. Patricia D. Klingenstein Library.; Early Autumn. Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), ca. 1865-1866. Collection of Arthur and Eileen Newman, Bequest of Eileen Newman. 

 

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