In the 1890s, New York politician William Sulzer began investing...
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:11am

In the 1890s, New York politician William Sulzer began investing in the mining industry in what was then the District of Alaska. Over the following decades he continued to visit while pursuing...

Let us march on ballot boxes, march on ballot boxes until...
Mon, 01/15/2018 - 9:18am

Let us march on ballot boxes, march on ballot boxes until race-baiters disappear from the political arena.Let us march on ballot boxes until the salient misdeeds of bloodthirsty mobs will be...

A fire broke out early on the morning of January 12, 1903,...
Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:08am

A fire broke out early on the morning of January 12, 1903, inside a building belonging to Fayerweather & Ladew, a leather manufacturing company, on the southwest corner of Allen and Houston...

Published on January 10, 1776, Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common...
Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:28am

Published on January 10, 1776, Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense made an influential argument for American independence. Arriving nine months after the Battles of Lexington and Concord and six...

Just a normal day inside the conservation lab as we get ready...
Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:03am

Just a normal day inside the conservation lab as we get ready for Collecting the Women’s Marches, opening January 19.

New York City winters can be frustrating, for sure. Diarist...
Fri, 01/05/2018 - 9:44am

New York City winters can be frustrating, for sure. Diarist George Templeton Strong went on a bit of a rant following one snowstorm in early January 1856: This is a stern winter. Saturday’s...

Published near the start of the French and Indian War, this map...
Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:02pm

Published near the start of the French and Indian War, this map was made to contrast the “rightful” claims of the English with the “encroachments” of the French. Commissioned by an anti-French...

Happy New Year, everybody! (Yes, there was indeed a time when...
Sun, 12/31/2017 - 11:59pm

Happy New Year, everybody! (Yes, there was indeed a time when people set off fireworks in the middle of Manhattan.)Frank M. Ingalls. Fireworks between 23rd Street and 24th Street, New York City....

Soldier and artist Salvator Cillis spent the end of 1917 in the...
Thu, 12/28/2017 - 10:28am

Soldier and artist Salvator Cillis spent the end of 1917 in the snow at Long Island’s Camp Upton. Describing himself as “half an artist, three-quarters of a sign painter” he illustrated these New...

Thomas Nast’s illustrations of Santa Claus remain the standard...
Sun, 12/24/2017 - 8:17pm

Thomas Nast’s illustrations of Santa Claus remain the standard for how we think of old Father Christmas. Largely inspired by Clement Clarke Moore’s poem A Visit from Saint Nicholas, they were...

Were there really kittens playing among the boots at Oak Hall?...
Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:04am

Were there really kittens playing among the boots at Oak Hall? Probably not, but Philadelphia’s grand clothing store, opened by Wanamaker & Brown in 1861, was nonetheless bustling with activity...

This 1867 receipt was in trouble. If it was to...
Mon, 12/18/2017 - 10:04am

This 1867 receipt was in trouble. If it was to survive as a usable document, it needed to be removed from the brittle, acidic board that it was adhered to. The video above...

Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay Jr., appeared on 39 Sports...
Fri, 12/15/2017 - 1:56pm

Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay Jr., appeared on 39 Sports Illustrated covers over the course of his career. The June 10, 1963, issue was his first. The article covered his time in London prior to...

Seen through the lens of Irving Browning, New York in the 1920s...
Wed, 12/13/2017 - 9:45am

Seen through the lens of Irving Browning, New York in the 1920s and 1930s was a city of dramatic contrasts. From the top of the Empire State Building to the gum on the street, he found...

“The City of New York stands in the bosom of a spacious bay,”...
Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:22am

“The City of New York stands in the bosom of a spacious bay,” begins the geographic description on this 1797 map of Manhattan. It was the first such map to be published independent of a book or...

People, please do not taunt the neighborhood goat.John S....
Sat, 12/09/2017 - 10:12am

People, please do not taunt the neighborhood goat.John S. Johnston. Goat and children. circa 1890s. Stereograph file. New-York Historical Society.

Many Americans responded to the attack on Pearl Harbor by...
Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:03am

Many Americans responded to the attack on Pearl Harbor by donating blood. The American Red Cross Blood Donor Service was established in February 1941, but following the attack on December 7, 1941...

New York City’s culinary scene was different, but still...
Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:50am

New York City’s culinary scene was different, but still recognizable, roughly a century ago. William J. Roege, then a young commercial photographer, documented a number of Manhattan’s buildings...

Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835, as Samuel Langhorne...
Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:11am

Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835, as Samuel Langhorne Clemens in the tiny village of Florida, Missouri. At a gala celebrating his 70th birthday, he considered the subject of birthdays and...

Do you have a headache and a spare bushel of pears? A pamphlet...
Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:24am

Do you have a headache and a spare bushel of pears? A pamphlet from Dr. James Cook Ayer & Co. gives equal time to pills and preserves. Ayer was a major name in the world of patent (i.e. not...

The year is 1915. We’re at the Biltmore, one of New York City’s...
Fri, 11/24/2017 - 10:16am

The year is 1915. We’re at the Biltmore, one of New York City’s newest luxury hotels. An orchestra, led by Hazay Natzy, is playing, and in the audience is the revered French composer Camille Saint-...

Lots of turkey, Broadway talent…hmm…is something missing here?...
Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:29am

Lots of turkey, Broadway talent…hmm…is something missing here? Thanksgiving 1933 was the last major American holiday to be celebrated during the Prohibition era. This meant that a fine speakeasy such...

The concept of Manifest Destiny was not...
Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:36am

The concept of Manifest Destiny was not universally embraced by Americans of European heritage. Many objected to the forced removals and ongoing wars against indigenous tribes on...

In 1904, Jessie Tarbox Beals was in St. Louis to photograph the...
Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:31pm

In 1904, Jessie Tarbox Beals was in St. Louis to photograph the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Her work at the event won national acclaim in spite of the fact that she struggled to receive...

Pro Vietnam War demonstrators gathered in the late 1960s to...
Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:21am

Pro Vietnam War demonstrators gathered in the late 1960s to express support for the United States’ military intervention in Southeast Asia and to oppose the growing antiwar movement. Our exhibition...

Armistice Day was first celebrated on November 11, 1919, a year...
Sat, 11/11/2017 - 10:16am

Armistice Day was first celebrated on November 11, 1919, a year after fighting ceased between the Allies of World War I and Germany. In 1926, Congress officially recognized the observance, and passed...

“Thanks for caring about me,” wrote a plant living in the oval...
Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:04am

“Thanks for caring about me,” wrote a plant living in the oval office of Ronald Regan’s White House. The letter was addressed to Ray Cave, managing editor of Time, who presumably knew the human...

Just two months after the Interborough Rapid Transit Company...
Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:25am

Just two months after the Interborough Rapid Transit Company opened a subway line in New York City, a Mr. S. Schwartz was compelled to type out a complaint. Just as he had purchased a ticket at...

A pair of Civil War letters feature patriotic illustrations to...
Thu, 11/02/2017 - 10:03am

A pair of Civil War letters feature patriotic illustrations to express the Union Army’s cause. Written by William Scott to his brother stationed further north, and to his mother back home in New...

Need a last minute Halloween costume? Just borrow an outfit from...
Mon, 10/30/2017 - 10:03am

Need a last minute Halloween costume? Just borrow an outfit from your Aunt Mildred’s closet and you’re all set!Morris Huberland. Boy in Hallowe’en Costume, Greenwich Village, New York City. 1948. New...

Study me in thy Prime / Bury Death and weary Time. / The...
Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:08am

Study me in thy Prime / Bury Death and weary Time. / The Glasse doth Runne, and Time doth Go, / Death hath his End, I have not so. The woodcut illustration that introduces Sir Edwin Sandys’...

Haunted House Tour, circa 1910. PSA:...
Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:08am

Haunted House Tour, circa 1910. PSA: @digitalpubliclibraryofamerica is in the midst of GIF IT UP 2017. These and many more images from N-YHS are available via DPLA!Eugene L. Armbruster....

Don’t Fail To See the Big Splash reads one sign.Dare...
Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:09am

Don’t Fail To See the Big Splash reads one sign.Dare Devil Schreyer…WILL DIVE ACROSS BROADWAY (No Man’s Land) reads another.Max Schreyer traveled around the United States and Europe making a name...

Historic doodles haunt the title page of Charleton’s work. Could...
Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:18am

Historic doodles haunt the title page of Charleton’s work. Could they be trying to tell us something about natural philosophy?  Walter Charleton. Physiologia Epicuro-Gassendo-Charltoniana: or, A...

“I think it’s perfectly ridiculous what we’re doing about the...
Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:05am

“I think it’s perfectly ridiculous what we’re doing about the Vietnam situation,” Mets’ pitcher Tom Seaver told the New York Times ahead of the 1969 World Series. Soon after, the Times article...

This year is the 125th anniversary of the monument to...
Mon, 10/09/2017 - 10:08am

This year is the 125th anniversary of the monument to Christopher Columbus in what we now call Columbus Circle. It was one of dozens of monuments erected in the Americas and Europe to mark the...

The frontispiece for Wolfgang Franz’s Historia Animalium depicts...
Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:21am

The frontispiece for Wolfgang Franz’s Historia Animalium depicts many of God’s creatures gathered around the luminous figure emerging from a tree trunk. There’s the snail, the porcupine, and of...

“This was taken in my sister’s garden when he had just returned...
Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:24pm

“This was taken in my sister’s garden when he had just returned from Africa,” wrote Edith Roosevelt about the portrait of “Teodoro” featured on this postcard. Writing in 1939, two decades after her...
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