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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

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 above 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 above 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 above 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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Canal Street, 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 above for the larger image.


Thompson Street News

People walk past the beloved Greenwich Village newsstand in 1997. Click here or on the thumbnail above 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 above 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 currently closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but they're still taking knish orders onlineClick here or on the thumbnail above for the full image.


Steve Brodie’s Saloon

An undated photograph from the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library's collection of the late 18th-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 above 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: 
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; Canal Street. 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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