This phrase describes many illustrious individuals documented in N-YHS's collections -- but perhaps none so literally as John Y. Culyer, who in 1867 designed a machine for moving sizeable trees to more suitable positions during the construction of Prospect Park.
Tree Moving Machine, Prospect Park (Geographic File, PR020)
Culyer began his career as a landscape engineer in Central Park, under Frederick Law Olmsted. He designed his tree-moving machine after being hired as one of the original engineers...Read More
Written by Geraldine Granahan, Preservation Assistant for the McKim, Mead & White Architectural Record Collection.
Recently the staff of the library and conservation department spent a fun afternoon in our conservation laboratory attending a workshop on the process of making cyanotypes, or as they are more commonly known -- blueprints (so called because they contain the pigment Prussian Blue).
The pigment itself has an interesting history, having been discovered by accident in or around 1704, when a...Read More
Written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
As Women’s History Month comes to a close, let’s focus on an attempted publicity stunt from 1916 involving New York suffragists, a biplane, and President Woodrow Wilson. Three fantastic photographs in the library collection tell the beginning of the story as a group of suffragists met at Midland Beach, Staten Island on December 2, 1916.
The plan was to “bomb” President Woodrow Wilson on his yacht, the Mayflower,...Read More
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