To celebrate the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth,...
Mon, 05/29/2017 - 10:09am

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth, we’re looking at a pair of JFK trading cards. They’re just one example of the kinds of memorabilia produced to commemorate the life...

Traveling for Memorial Day weekend? Robert Bracklow made the...
Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:12am

Traveling for Memorial Day weekend? Robert Bracklow made the trip from New York to the mountains of western Massachusetts for these images in 1905.Robert L. Bracklow. May Days in Berkshires:...

George H. Yewell paid sixty-five dollars for passage aboard the...
Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:34am

George H. Yewell paid sixty-five dollars for passage aboard the ship James Foster Jr., and on the back of his receipt, he painted a charming nautical scene. Read more on our From the Stacks blog! 

Langston Hughes died 50 years ago, on May 22, 1967, in New York...
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:14am

Langston Hughes died 50 years ago, on May 22, 1967, in New York City. He published more than 40 books during a career that had a profound impact on American culture. His innovative use of language...

Thinking about summer accessories? Don’t forget a...
Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:12am

Thinking about summer accessories? Don’t forget a parasol. George E. Stonebridge. Robin in Garrison, N.Y., 1910; unidentified woman in Bronx, N.Y., circa 1902. glass negatives. New-York Historical...

Looking up at 34th Street, there’s Macy’s on the left, a brand...
Wed, 05/17/2017 - 9:37am

Looking up at 34th Street, there’s Macy’s on the left, a brand new Kratter building further ahead, just the top of the Hotel McAlpin, and yes, you might notice the Empire State Building, too.East...

This week marks the 150th anniversary of New York’s Tenement...
Mon, 05/15/2017 - 9:18am

This week marks the 150th anniversary of New York’s Tenement House Law, passed on May 14, 1867. It was the state’s first—although not nearly its last—attempt to address the squalid living...

Brooklyn tea party, 1898, with dog. Robert L. Bracklow. Outdoor...
Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:08am

Brooklyn tea party, 1898, with dog. Robert L. Bracklow. Outdoor tea party, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York. August 27, 1898. glass negative. New-York Historical Society. 

Snake skin, bison leather, lots of gold tooling…yeah,...
Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:14am

Snake skin, bison leather, lots of gold tooling…yeah, George Zabriskie was pretty fancy about his bookbinding. Read more about Zabriskie and the art of the book on our From the Stacks blog!...

So, like, what kind of music do you guys play?William Davis...
Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:19am

So, like, what kind of music do you guys play?William Davis Hassler. Group portrait of workers at streetcar barn, W. 50th Street and Seventh Avenue (l-r): Dowling, Lande, Lee, Gabriel, Friedman,...

Trained in pediatric care at the New York Foundling Hospital,...
Sat, 05/06/2017 - 9:45am

Trained in pediatric care at the New York Foundling Hospital, these nurses were prepared to offer critical services to children in need.As National Nurses’ Week kicks off, remember to thank all the...

The YWCA was one of several organizations that comprised the...
Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:04am

The YWCA was one of several organizations that comprised the United War Work Campaign, which was formed to support war relief efforts at home and overseas during World War I. As a women’s...

We’re celebrating National Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Day with a little...
Sun, 04/30/2017 - 9:21am

We’re celebrating National Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Day with a little booklet about the Bide-A-Wee Home for Friendless Animals. Founded at the start of the 20th century, it was ahead of its time with...

In 1936, Time sent out a questionnaire to readers who had...
Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:37am

In 1936, Time sent out a questionnaire to readers who had allowed their subscriptions to expire. Among other things, the researchers discovered a 12% increase in “drops due to degree of EDITORIAL...

Happy birthday to Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect...
Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:08am

Happy birthday to Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect behind New York City’s Central Park.Robert L. Bracklow. An April day in Central Park. 1895. New-York Historical Society.William D....

After the Revolution, the United States was left carrying an...
Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:06am

After the Revolution, the United States was left carrying an enormous amount of debt, and the young nation entered a period of great economic anxiety. This 1784 Congressional report lists the large...

“I must record as matter of curiosity the results of my silly...
Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:19pm

“I must record as matter of curiosity the results of my silly experiments with Hashish,” wrote George Templeton Strong in a diary entry dated September 1, 1856. Strong, a noted member of New York...

Several women’s magazines were founded in the 1970s, including...
Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:17am

Several women’s magazines were founded in the 1970s, including Ms., Working Woman, Working Mother, Playgirl, W, and Viva. In 1977, Time Inc. thought it might have something to offer the modern...

Here’s a view from the corner of Broad Street and Bridge Street,...
Sun, 04/16/2017 - 7:34pm

Here’s a view from the corner of Broad Street and Bridge Street, courtesy of photographer Frank Ingalls. Surely the bowler hat is due for a comeback, by the way.Frank Ingalls. New York City: horse-...

Employees of the Eagle Pencil Company went on strike during the...
Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:25am

Employees of the Eagle Pencil Company went on strike during the summer of 1938 to protest a ten percent reduction in wages. Edwin Levick photographed the scene at the company’s factory in Yonkers...

“For without the aid of original records and authentic...
Tue, 04/11/2017 - 10:03am

“For without the aid of original records and authentic documents, history would be nothing more than a well-combined series of ingenious conjectures and amusing fables”  – From an 1805...

On April 9, 1963, Winston Churchill was made an honorary citizen...
Sun, 04/09/2017 - 9:35am

On April 9, 1963, Winston Churchill was made an honorary citizen of the United States by John F. Kennedy. A most prestigious honor, it was still just one of many expressions of admiration that the...

The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, by...
Thu, 04/06/2017 - 1:31pm

The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, by declaring war on the German Empire. John Purroy Mitchel, mayor of New York City at the time, issued a proclamation warning that any...

Satirical political memes are not really a new thing. When...
Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:03am

Satirical political memes are not really a new thing. When Franklin Roosevelt drew on the imagery of Psalm 23 in a speech supporting his New Deal programs, Republicans rolled their eyes and began...

When the Social Security Act went into effect in 1936, many...
Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:05am

When the Social Security Act went into effect in 1936, many people were concerned that they might forget their numbers. For some, the solution was a new tattoo. Read more on the From the Stacks...

Ah, the miracle of cryogenics! Who wouldn’t want to take a break...
Sat, 04/01/2017 - 7:35pm

Ah, the miracle of cryogenics! Who wouldn’t want to take a break and just be frozen for a few years? The famously reclusive millionaire Howard Hughes would seem like just the person to take advantage...

Disguised as a man, Deborah Sampson served as a soldier in the...
Thu, 03/30/2017 - 10:41am

Disguised as a man, Deborah Sampson served as a soldier in the Continental Army from May 20, 1782, to October 23, 1783. She saw a considerable amount of combat in that time, and at one point she...

Throughout the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon and his...
Tue, 03/28/2017 - 8:05pm

Throughout the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon and his supporters accused the press of being biased against his administration. In response to the criticism, Time, which had done significant...

Pearl Kroll became the first woman sports editor at any major...
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:33am

Pearl Kroll became the first woman sports editor at any major American magazine when she was promoted at Time in 1938. This was during an era when women were typically restricted to research...

During her career as an activist, Sojourner Truth sold card...
Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:13am

During her career as an activist, Sojourner Truth sold card photographs like this one to her audiences of abolitionists and reformers, hence the statement: “I sell the shadow to support the substance...

In 1840 Abby Kelley, later Abby Kelley Foster, was appointed to...
Mon, 03/20/2017 - 2:05pm

In 1840 Abby Kelley, later Abby Kelley Foster, was appointed to the business committee of the American Anti-Slavery Society. At the time, the organization was divided over a number of issues, but...

Around the time of the United States’ entry into World War II,...
Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:07am

Around the time of the United States’ entry into World War II, the Navy and other government agencies began hiring and training women to do work typically done by men. These women worked as...

Margaret Bourke-White wasn’t just the first woman photographer...
Wed, 03/15/2017 - 10:04am

Margaret Bourke-White wasn’t just the first woman photographer at Life— her images dominated the magazine’s inaugural issue when it premiered in November 1936. Her assignment to cover the...

In 1973, women in the New York Police Department were assigned...
Mon, 03/13/2017 - 10:02am

In 1973, women in the New York Police Department were assigned to patrol duty for the first time, and the term “police officer” replaced the earlier designations of “police-woman” and “patrolman...

Sara Josephine Baker, or “Dr. Joe” to her friends, was...
Fri, 03/10/2017 - 10:17am

Sara Josephine Baker, or “Dr. Joe” to her friends, was a groundbreaking physician in the fields of public health and preventative medicine. After working for several years as a medical examiner and...

This International Women’s Day we salute all the women...
Wed, 03/08/2017 - 10:16am

This International Women’s Day we salute all the women throughout history who have enriched our lives through their work, their activism, their art, and their belief in a more just society. We’...

Billie Jean King has been an outspoken advocate for equality and...
Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:02am

Billie Jean King has been an outspoken advocate for equality and inclusion, both in sports and throughout society. She was also maybe the best tennis player on the planet through much of the 1960s...

One hundred years ago today, Jeannette Rankin, a Republican...
Sat, 03/04/2017 - 9:45am

One hundred years ago today, Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, took her seat as the first woman in Congress. She rose to political prominence as a strong advocate for women’s suffrage, and...

On March 3, 1923, Time published it’s first issue. In this...
Fri, 03/03/2017 - 2:16pm

On March 3, 1923, Time published it’s first issue. In this prospectus, founders Henry Luce and Briton Hadden describe their vision for a news magazine “aimed to serve the modern necessity of...

On March 2, 1903 the Hotel Martha Washington became New York...
Thu, 03/02/2017 - 9:29am

On March 2, 1903 the Hotel Martha Washington became New York City’s first women-only hotel. Located on 30 East 30th Street, it served the growing population of professional women who otherwise...

La Promenade du Boeuf Gras was a centuries-old tradition...
Tue, 02/28/2017 - 10:09am

La Promenade du Boeuf Gras was a centuries-old tradition during Carnival in which a large ox supplied by a prominent local butcher was decorated and paraded through the streets of Paris in the...

The last pear tree left from Peter Stuyvesant’s farm met its end...
Mon, 02/27/2017 - 10:07am

The last pear tree left from Peter Stuyvesant’s farm met its end 150 years ago this week when a wagon crashed into it at the corner of 13th Street and 3rd Avenue. Roughly 200 years old, it was a...

On February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay—later Muhammad Ali—defeated...
Sat, 02/25/2017 - 10:08am

On February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay—later Muhammad Ali—defeated Sonny Liston to became the world heavyweight boxing champion. Ali went on to be an outspoken advocate for racial justice, and he is...

“You take great liberty in calling every author I read my friend...
Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:04am

“You take great liberty in calling every author I read my friend however they are so much my friends that I’ll continue the acquaintance for mine not their sake,” wrote a young Theodosia Burr to...

George Washington at Valley Forge is the name of the sculpture...
Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:23am

George Washington at Valley Forge is the name of the sculpture by Henry Shrady that stands in Brooklyn near the approach to the Williamsburg Bridge. It commemorates the months Washington and his army...

“The strongest and happiest men and women are those whose...
Sat, 02/18/2017 - 10:09am

“The strongest and happiest men and women are those whose usefulness extends to all people regardless of race or color,” wrote the writer, educator, and former slave, Booker T. Washington. Read...

Hey there sailor…Our new exhibit, Tattooed New York, is...
Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:05am

Hey there sailor…Our new exhibit, Tattooed New York, is now open! Unknown artist. Tattoo sketchbook. Album File, PR2.451. undated. New-York Historical Society.  

Happy Valentine’s Day!George E. Stonebridge. Stonebridge and an...
Tue, 02/14/2017 - 10:09am

Happy Valentine’s Day!George E. Stonebridge. Stonebridge and an unidentified woman in a romantic tableau. circa 1903. New-York Historical Society. 

Happy birthday to Abraham Lincoln, whose humble Midwestern...
Sun, 02/12/2017 - 10:22am

Happy birthday to Abraham Lincoln, whose humble Midwestern origins continue to be iconic in their own right. It’s worth noting that there were a couple stops between the Illinois homestead and the...

Hiram Rhodes Revels became first African-American member of the...
Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:05am

Hiram Rhodes Revels became first African-American member of the United States Senate on February 25, 1870. His swearing in drew both large crowds and significant debate. Those who objected to his...

Is everyone having fun in the snow today? No? You’re out...
Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:07am

Is everyone having fun in the snow today? No? You’re out there shoveling and it’s still coming down? Sorry. Frank M. Ingalls. New York City: unidentified man in snowstorm. undated,circa 1901-1930....
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