Few people are aware that the Half Moon Club even existed and this probably wouldn't have bothered its members very much. Although it wasn't a secret society, its surviving club "log" suggests that it was on par with other leading Progressive Era social organizations -- elite, sophisticated and enormously selective.
Beginning in 1906, the Half Moon Club met twice and sometimes three times a year until its last recorded meeting in 1934. With Henry Hudson and...Read More
This post was written by Trish Kaiser, intern for the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architecture.
As an intern with the Library’s Graphic Materials Collections, I researched the extensive Keppler collection, which highlights Joseph Keppler and his son Udo’s influential satirical 19th century publication Puck. This collection includes 26 folders of original drawings, color lithographic prints, and personal clippings. I methodically went through the materials identifying and fully describing them.
My first day at N-YHS began with researching Joseph...Read More
This post was written by cataloger Miranda Schwartz.
Satirical takedowns and witty bon mots weren’t invented by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Our 19th-century forebears knew a thing or two about the influential effect of a little well-aimed satire, as evidenced by an 1871 broadside that the New-York Historical Society Library has in its collections.
The Library’s broadside is a copy of a famous speech given by J. Proctor Knott, a Democratic congressman from Kentucky who was...Read More
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