The Philadelphia Library Company of Colored...
Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:02am

The Philadelphia Library Company of Colored Persons was founded in 1833 to serve the city’s growing free black community. The library held regular lecture events, and for the 29th...

Clement Clarke Moore, known mainly for his Christmas poem “A...
Thu, 02/14/2019 - 10:33am

Clement Clarke Moore, known mainly for his Christmas poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” may have had something to contribute to Valentine’s Day as well. In an apparently unpublished work, he...

Abraham Lincoln, born 210 years ago today, inspired a great deal...
Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:01am

Abraham Lincoln, born 210 years ago today, inspired a great deal of patriotic sentiment during the American Civil War. Printed envelopes, or “corner cards,” like these were a popular medium for...

Black New Yorkers celebrated the ratification of the...
Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:32am

Black New Yorkers celebrated the ratification of the 15th Amendment with a large and festive procession through the city on April 8, 1870. The amendment prohibiting racial discrimination in voting...

Close to a decade after the success of the Montgomery Bus...
Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:02am

Close to a decade after the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Rosa Parks returned to her home state to take part in the march from Selma to Montgomery against discriminatory voting practices....

To celebrate the centennial of Jackie Robinson’s birth,...
Thu, 01/31/2019 - 10:23am

To celebrate the centennial of Jackie Robinson’s birth, we’re looking at some images featured in the 1987 exhibit Jackie Robinson: An American Journey. Robinson was of course a transformative...

The Tenement House Exhibit opened in February 1900 as a way to...
Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:09am

The Tenement House Exhibit opened in February 1900 as a way to publicize the need for housing reform in New York. Organized by Lawrence Veiller, the exhibit presented visitors with a wide range...

Martin Luther King Jr. gave many memorable speeches, but...
Mon, 01/21/2019 - 10:01am

Martin Luther King Jr. gave many memorable speeches, but the poster above is for a speech he never gave. In 1956, a coalition of organizations began planning a massive rally and fundraiser to support...

Heading outside today? Stay warm!Or…maybe stay in and...
Sat, 01/19/2019 - 2:35pm

Heading outside today? Stay warm!Or…maybe stay in and explore our Digital Collections?George E. Stonebridge.  Sea lions in snow, New York Zoological Gardens [the Bronx Zoo], Bronx, N.Y., 1899. glass...

The high cost of living in New York City is not a new problem....
Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:20am

The high cost of living in New York City is not a new problem. In 1917, a committee of social reformers proposed a set of solutions based on Georgist economic theory. Their contention was that by...

The brownstone fronts of row houses have been a characteristic...
Mon, 01/07/2019 - 10:32am

The brownstone fronts of row houses have been a characteristic feature of New York’s residential architecture since the mid-19th century. The material’s popularity was partly due to its...

[Edward] Jones: A notorious villain. Basil Wood: If possible...
Fri, 01/04/2019 - 10:06am

[Edward] Jones: A notorious villain. Basil Wood: If possible worse.So went William Duane’s assessment of the Treasury staff during John Adams’ presidency. The secretary of state’s office didn’t...

Happy New Year!“New Year’s Joys” postcard. circa 1915. Marilynn...
Mon, 12/31/2018 - 3:18pm

Happy New Year!“New Year’s Joys” postcard. circa 1915. Marilynn Gelfman Karp Collection of Ephemera. New-York Historical Society. 

Made from a pair of paper circles, knotted thread, and a small...
Thu, 12/27/2018 - 11:13am

Made from a pair of paper circles, knotted thread, and a small metal pin, the volvelle in this 1721 notebook was designed to help sailors find “full sea,” or high water. To preserve it,...

Nothing says “Christmas” like the sight of Santa Claus, in his...
Mon, 12/24/2018 - 10:08am

Nothing says “Christmas” like the sight of Santa Claus, in his bicorne hat, riding a winged broomstick with a famous opera singer. Before Thomas Nast’s drawings became the standard, artists had a...

The statue known as Angel of the Waters stands atop the Bethesda...
Thu, 12/20/2018 - 10:47am

The statue known as Angel of the Waters stands atop the Bethesda Fountain, one of Central Park’s most recognizable sights. Designed by Emma Stebbins in 1868 and unveiled in 1873, the statue was the...

Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup was one of many unsafe “patent...
Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:02am

Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup was one of many unsafe “patent medicines” sold to unsuspecting customers in the late 19th century. Claiming to be “absolutely harmless and non-narcotic,” the syrup in...

The history of Time Inc. is rife with news of mergers and...
Fri, 12/14/2018 - 1:00pm

The history of Time Inc. is rife with news of mergers and acquisitions, but this particular merger is of a different sort. Fortune writer and editor Charles Burck drafted the above press release to...

Rudy Giuliani’s tenure as mayor of New York City inspired a...
Wed, 12/12/2018 - 10:34am

Rudy Giuliani’s tenure as mayor of New York City inspired a great deal of protest. The poster above addresses police brutality and the denial of free speech, both major issues for the mayor’s critics...

À votre santé.“The Jolly Dog”. undated, late 19th century....
Thu, 12/06/2018 - 7:49pm

À votre santé.“The Jolly Dog”. undated, late 19th century. Stereograph File: Subjects–Portraits–Theatrical. New-York Historical Society.

The term “kosher salt” traditionally refers to the kind of salt...
Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:24am

The term “kosher salt” traditionally refers to the kind of salt used in koshering meat. The process, which involves soaking and salting meat in order to remove the blood, requires just the...

Women on Ladders is sure to be this year’s hottest holiday...
Fri, 11/30/2018 - 9:49am

Women on Ladders is sure to be this year’s hottest holiday decorating trend!Find these and other store displays online in our digital collections. Worsinger Photo (New York, N.Y.).  [Christmas-...

Published in 1864, The Gospel of Slavery: A Primer of...
Tue, 11/27/2018 - 10:20am

Published in 1864, The Gospel of Slavery: A Primer of Freedom taught Northern children about both the alphabet and abolitionism. Suffused with religious language and imagery common to the...

During the American Revolution, the Oneida broke with the...
Fri, 11/23/2018 - 10:12am

During the American Revolution, the Oneida broke with the majority of the Iroquois Confederacy to side with the rebels. It was a decision that left them vulnerable to the ravages of war, yet...

Divination, while dismissed by Professor Minerva McGonagall...
Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:05am

Divination, while dismissed by Professor Minerva McGonagall as “one of the most imprecise branches of magic,” has been practiced with varying degrees of success for thousands of years. Tarot...

A Very Remarkable Account of the Vision of Nathan Culver is here...
Wed, 11/14/2018 - 10:09am

A Very Remarkable Account of the Vision of Nathan Culver is here made even more remarkable by the pen and ink illustrations on this volume’s paper wrapper. Done apparently by the former owner,...

To mark the centennial of the World War I armistice on November...
Sun, 11/11/2018 - 10:29am

To mark the centennial of the World War I armistice on November 11, 1918, we’re turning to Salvator Cillis, one of our favorite WWI letter writers. Cillis moved from Italy to New York as a...

During her playing career, Billie Jean King became a legend on...
Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:01am

During her playing career, Billie Jean King became a legend on the court, and as a lifelong advocate for equality and social justice, she continues to work to make the world a more diverse and...

In 1968, the United States voting age was still 21, meaning that...
Mon, 11/05/2018 - 10:26am

In 1968, the United States voting age was still 21, meaning that millions of people directly affected by the ongoing Vietnam War were unable to cast a ballot. Amidst a growing movement to lower...
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