Written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections
Such a challenge seems unheard of in modern warfare, but, nearly a year into the War of 1812, Captain Philip Bowes Vere Broke of the British frigate Shannon wrote to Captain James Lawrence of the United States frigate Chesapeake promising that their ships could duel outside of Boston without interference from any vessel. The ships could even sail out under a flag of truce; “choose your terms,...Read More
Coffee's big in the "city that never sleeps". And it's not a new thing either: a great little snapshot of this love affair has popped up in the form of a menu and an advertisement for the Double R Coffee House.
Sure, you've never heard of it but the venture's partners were none other than Theodore Roosevelt's sons -- Theodore, Jr., Archie and Kermit (Quentin was killed in WWI) -- and their cousin Philip . They hung...Read More
If you haven't already heard, May is bike month so it's the perfect time to talk about an interesting 1898-1899 account book that we have here at the Society.
Cyclists during the Golden Age of the bicycle outside Grant's Tomb on Riverside Drive, 1898. Subject File (PR 068)
The safety bicycle -- the design of those ridden in the photograph above -- was first produced in the 1870s and began to replace the penny farthing (two wheels...Read More
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