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...

Puritan minister Cotton Mather played a significant role in...
Wed, 10/31/2018 - 10:03am

Puritan minister Cotton Mather played a significant role in the hysteria and belief in witchcraft that struck colonial Massachusetts toward the end of the 17th century. In Memorable Providences...

Our owls are out for Harry Potter: A History of Magic!The pair...
Mon, 10/29/2018 - 10:17am

Our owls are out for Harry Potter: A History of Magic!The pair of Snowy Owls above, the same breed as Harry’s Hedwig, was painted by John James Audubon for his monumental publication The Birds of...

Jeane Gardiner was “throwne twice into the sea” during her trial...
Thu, 10/25/2018 - 10:38am

Jeane Gardiner was “throwne twice into the sea” during her trial for witchcraft where “she did swyme like a corke and could not sinke.” She was also pricked to see if she would bleed, as it was...

houghtonlib: Johns, James, 1797-1874. Vermont autograph and...
Wed, 10/24/2018 - 2:13pm

houghtonlib: Johns, James, 1797-1874. Vermont autograph and remarker : manuscript laid out and handwritten to resemble a newspaper, 1871. MS Am 1195 Houghton Library, Harvard University And if...

In the early 1940s, Harlem community leaders made an effort to...
Mon, 10/22/2018 - 11:59am

In the early 1940s, Harlem community leaders made an effort to address discrimination and price gouging in the neighborhood’s main shopping district. The 125th Street Shoppers’ Adjustment Committee...

The 1889 World Series was a best-of-eleven contest between the...
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:01am

The 1889 World Series was a best-of-eleven contest between the Brooklyn Bridegrooms and the New York Giants. The Brooklyn team—once nicknamed the Grays and later known as the Dodgers—won three...

“If you ladies and gentlemen can get space travelers into...
Thu, 10/11/2018 - 8:19pm

“If you ladies and gentlemen can get space travelers into circulation, we will have Hiltons for them to stay in,” was the promise made by Barron Hilton at the 13th annual meeting of the American...

In October 1825 the Erie Canal opened, connecting the Midwest to...
Tue, 10/09/2018 - 10:20am

In October 1825 the Erie Canal opened, connecting the Midwest to New York City and an international marketplace. Activity along the canal, as depicted in the proof above, represented an enormous...

The Woolworth Building—the setting of...
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 8:38pm

The Woolworth Building—the setting of the Magical Congress of the United States in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movies—was the tallest building in the world when...

When initially printed, this title page had the word...
Mon, 10/01/2018 - 10:11am

When initially printed, this title page had the word “Northborough” where it should have read “Westborough.” It must’ve been a challenging day at the printshop, but the problem was remedied by...
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