This post was written by Alison Barr, Manuscript Department volunteer
With the advent and popularity of NASCAR in America, long forgotten is New York’s road racing circuit in the tradition of the European Grand Prix. Between the two wars, in 1934, the Collier Brothers (Barron, Samuel and Miles) and Thomas Dewart founded The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA). Besides driving in these events, Thomas Dewart (who would go on to become the president and publisher...Read More
Most Americans view curling -- reinstated as an Olympic medal event just 16 years ago , in 1998 -- as a novel and peculiar sport. Given its exotic status, not to mention the U.S. team's dismal performance at Sochi, it may come as a surprise to learn that this ancient Scottish game also has a long history here in the United States.
It's generally agreed that the first curling club in America was established in the...Read More
The beginning of a new year seems like the perfect time to explore our collection of vintage calendars.
It's hard to imagine in this age of email marketing and television commercials, but calendars were once among the most effective means of advertising. Unlike advertisements in newspapers or magazines, which were likely to be discarded right away, a free calendar could potentially hang in a home or business for an entire year.
The more attractive the calendar, the...Read More
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