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...

The final years of Ellis Island as a gateway for immigrants...
Thu, 09/28/2017 - 7:38pm

The final years of Ellis Island as a gateway for immigrants arriving in the United States were marked by Cold War legislation designed to bar entry to potentially subversive persons. From the...

Bustles, panniers, high heels, and corsets forced a fashionably...
Mon, 09/25/2017 - 10:01am

Bustles, panniers, high heels, and corsets forced a fashionably dressed woman of the late 19th century to bend forward a bit in order to keep her balance. This posture came to be known as the “...

In a horoscope for Richard Nixon, written not long after his...
Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:55am

In a horoscope for Richard Nixon, written not long after his first inauguration, astrologer Isabel Hickey described the new president as “a very strong Capricorn.” She had a number of positive...

Editta Sherman was a portrait photographer who lived and worked...
Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:21am

Editta Sherman was a portrait photographer who lived and worked for decades in an artist studio above Carnegie Hall. Among her clients were many stars of stage and screen, who...

New York City was a hub for Cuban expatriates and exiles through...
Fri, 09/15/2017 - 9:54am

New York City was a hub for Cuban expatriates and exiles through most of the 19th century. In particular, the outbreak of war between Cuba and Spain in 1868 led to an enormous influx of Cubans into...

In the late 1500s, Timucua was the primary indigenous language...
Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:09am

In the late 1500s, Timucua was the primary indigenous language spoken in northeastern and central Florida and southeastern Georgia. Now an extinct language, Timucua is known through only nine...

In the days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, a number...
Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:35am

In the days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, a number of spontaneous memorials appeared in the city. One, later named Tiles for America, displayed thousands of hand-painted tiles with...

The year was 1965. Rodents were the scourge of coffee shops...
Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:25am

The year was 1965. Rodents were the scourge of coffee shops throughout Manhattan. One cat was ready to answer the call. Jack Margolin. “Dependable Mouser.” 690 Sixth Avenue, New York City. 1965....

Members of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union...
Mon, 09/04/2017 - 10:08am

Members of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union marched in Labor Day parades in New York City to promote the efforts of organized labor and encourage people to buy clothing with a “...

Henry Grunwald had no time for your phony vigor, foreign...
Thu, 08/31/2017 - 10:55am

Henry Grunwald had no time for your phony vigor, foreign phrases, or bad puns. In a letter to Time Managing Editor Otto Fuerbringer, the magazine’s assistant managing editor described the “style...

General Tom Thumb was the stage name used by Charles Stratton,...
Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:09am

General Tom Thumb was the stage name used by Charles Stratton, the world famous performer recognized for his talents on stage as well as his diminutive stature. In 1842, when Stratton was just four...

This week The Village Voice announced that it will be ending its...
Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:23am

This week The Village Voice announced that it will be ending its print edition after more than six decades on the streets of New York City. In that time, it published plenty of iconic columns and...

On August 31, 1932, Cape Cod experienced a total solar eclipse....
Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:44am

On August 31, 1932, Cape Cod experienced a total solar eclipse. The Fowler family was out on the beach with their friends and their special glasses to witness it. Watching the Solar Eclipse. 1932...

President Abraham Lincoln wrote frequently to his secretary of...
Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:29am

President Abraham Lincoln wrote frequently to his secretary of war Edwin Stanton throughout the time that the two worked together. Typically, his letters concerned the administration of the conflict...

Conchology, the study of mollusk shells, was a popular...
Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:12am

Conchology, the study of mollusk shells, was a popular discipline among early American intellectuals. This print originally belonged to scientist, congressman, physician, and founding member of the...

Useful information here for anyone planing to either visit New...
Thu, 08/10/2017 - 9:56am

Useful information here for anyone planing to either visit New York City or leave it. Stranger’s guide around New York, and how to leave it. between 1853 and 1858. New-York Historical Society. 

Remember to thank your local lighthouse keeper, because those...
Mon, 08/07/2017 - 10:08am

Remember to thank your local lighthouse keeper, because those lanterns don’t light themselves!Skinner. Newark Bay. 1922. Lighthouse Photograph and Print Collection. New-York Historical Society.

Coney Island, long before the Mermaid Parade was even a...
Fri, 08/04/2017 - 10:12am

Coney Island, long before the Mermaid Parade was even a thing.Frank M. Ingalls. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction, Luna Park, Coney Island. circa 1903-1905. stereograph. New-York Historical...

WWI propaganda posters frequently used images of women to...
Wed, 08/02/2017 - 10:05am

WWI propaganda posters frequently used images of women to encourage Americans to become involved with the war effort. Posters for the American Red Cross, meant to appeal both to women interested in...
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