This post is written by Joe Festa, Print Room Reference Assistant
As my colleague Ted pointed out in his previous blog post, the electric tattoo machine revolutionized tattooing at the end of the 19th century. However, it wasn’t just electric current that propelled the industry; another factor can be attributed to the circulation of what’s called “flash” today: sheets of pre-drawn designs displayed in a portfolio, or more commonly, on the walls of tattoo shops.
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On September 22, 1852, New York dry goods merchant Edward Neufville Tailer sat down to record his latest diary entry as he did religiously from 1848 until very nearly the day of his death in 1917. On this particular occasion he reflected on his reading of one of the most famous American literary works, Uncle Tom's Cabin, published only that summer.
While not every American has read Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, it's virtually impossible not to have heard of it. Regarded...Read More
The variability and just plain depressing weather of late here in New York is probably trying everyone’s patience. But, after all it is Earth Day, so we should give Mother Nature a break, especially since we can always rely on her to give us our May flowers. That was somewhat true in Williamsburg, VA as well from February to April of 1779 too, as shown by this single leaf of Thomas Jefferson’s weather journal in...Read More
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