Scrapbooks are unpredictable. Each page turn may reveal some obscure, interesting piece of ephemera, photograph or letter. But it's still a bit surprising to unearth x-rays of a man's head and chest as we found in one of two enormous scrapbooks of Melville E. Stone Jr.
Born in Chicago in 1874, Stone was an 1897 graduate of Harvard who followed his father, Melville Sr. and brother, Herbert, into the publishing trade. In 1909, he became president of the Metropolitan...Read More
Next Friday, March 25th, is the 100th anniversary of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The deadly fire prompted the creation of new fire safety and building codes and galvanized the labor movement.
For a full list of events around the city and the nation related to the memory of the fire and the women who perished go to rememberthetrianglefire.org.
Firemen battling the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, 1911. (Frederick Hugh Smyth Collection of Fire Photographs)
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This article is written by Joe Festa, Manuscript Reference Librarian.
Jeff Cowen, a contemporary art photographer born in New York City, is best known for his portraits and collages, and a painterly approach to his photographic process. Five gelatin silver prints by Cowen are housed within the Photographer File here at New-York Historical Society. Taken early in the artist’s career, these images illustrate Cowen’s artistic practice prior to his formal study at the Art Students League...Read More
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