Sir Henry Clinton's hair powder duty certificate, 1795 (Donald F. Clark Collection, MS 118)
This 1795 certificate documents that Sir Henry Clinton, the general and former Commander-in-Chief for North America of the British Army during the Revolution, paid the hair powder duty instituted in Great Britain in that year. The duty itself was one guinea, spawning the nickname "guinea pig" for those who paid it.
It may look unassuming, but this document marks a pivotal moment in...Read More
An intriguing series of advertising cabinet cards have piqued the curiosity of staff and researchers ever since they were given to the New-York Historical Society by Mrs. Elihu Spicer in 1960.
Unidentified Merchant. Mrs. G.M. Bown, Photographer (Subject File, PR068).
Both the images and their maker are unusual. The photographs, which appear to have been taken around 1890, depict women in elaborate, imaginative costumes designed to promote various Waterloo, Iowa businesses. For example, a woman holding a...Read More
This post is written by Joe Festa, Manuscript Reference Librarian.
Mural artist Edwin Howland Blashfield, born in Brooklyn in 1848, is perhaps best known for adorning the dome of the Library of Congress Main Reading Room in Washington, DC. His work can be characterized by his formal European apprenticeship in the classical arts, which greatly informed his aesthetic and contributed to his success during the American Gilded Age.
In 1867, Blashfield left New York to study under...Read More
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