To celebrate Mother's Day, here is one of my personal favorites from the Bella Landauer Collection of Business and Advertising Ephemera:
A delightful departure from the sentimental view of motherhood most often associated with the Victorian era, this advertisement features a mother reclining on a chaise lounge and sipping a Pabst Malt Extract -- "The 'Best' Tonic" -- while a nanny tends to her apparently new-born baby. Now that's my brand of motherhood!
In the late 1800's,...Read More
Last Thursday (March 1), Yellowstone National Park marked its 140th year of existence. It's also a perfect excuse to remind everyone that, despite our name, the New-York Historical Society's collections document the history of the entire United States, not just of New York and its neighbors.
In his 2008 television series documenting his tour of the United States, English actor Stephen Fry mused “It’s the curse of tourism to destroy what it most desires”, an observation...Read More
"One of the smallest and least known national groups in this country is a group of Black Jews. In New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and other cities, and in some of the West India Islands as well, they congregate in little synagogues, strictly adhering to the faith of their forefathers." So wrote photographer and historian Alexander Alland in his introduction to a series of photographs of the Commandment Keepers Congregation in Harlem, taken in 1940.
The Commandment...Read More
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