This post was written by John C. Winters, a New-York Historical Society Graduate Archival Research Fellow
Sometimes, the sources historians use are not all we believe them to be. Whether a primary source collection is incomplete, transcribed and edited heavily or simply consists of unreadable copies of the originals, historians need to be wary about where their sources come from.
This occurs even with such large and rich collections as the Beekman Family Papers at the N-YHS....Read More
Fashion week, Alexander McQueen at the Met . . . . lately, we've been looking at fashion very seriously. But fashion has always had its funny side too. Take, for example, this 1776 caricature of the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Caricature File, PR 010
One of a series of satires by the husband-and-wife team Matthew and Mary Darly, these prints mock the elevated hairstyles popular in 18th-century London while also providing political commentary.
While fashion in the "Age...Read More
Belle Livingstone, a former showgirl “with poetic legs”, was one of the best-known speakeasy owners in New York. She ran the Fifty-Eighth Street Country Club, which offered its patrons $40 champagne and a miniature golf course. After it was raided in late 1930, she spent a month in prison.
Poster for Hoyt's A Milk White Flag, the show that made Belle Livingstone famous (PR 055, Strobridge)
Undaunted, Belle transplanted her operations to Reno, and eventually made her...Read More
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