Tippling is mainly a recreational sport today, but beer was an important source of nutrition in colonial New York. And alcohol also played a role in early American politics, through the time-honored ritual of drinking toasts.
In 18th century America, nearly every public occasion ended with a score of ceremonial drinks and toasts. Verbatim transcripts of the toasts then appeared in local newspapers. Not merely tossed off, these "sentiments" were composed in advance and often expressed...Read More
Written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for the Printed Collections.
Last week the New-York Historical Society proudly opened its new installation of Pablo Picasso's "Le Tricorne" drop curtain, formerly located in the hallway of the Four Seasons Restaurant until its removal and conservation late last year. This impressive 20 foot square curtain was commissioned as part of the set design for the Spanish-themed ballet The Three-Cornered Hat (El sombrero de tres picos or Le Tricorne), choreographed by...Read More
To celebrate Women's History Month, here are some images by pioneering street photographer Rebecca Lepkoff.
A quintessential New Yorker, Lepkoff gained international acclaim for her iconic images of the Lower East Side. She was born on August 4, 1916, in a Hester Street tenement. Like the majority of families living in the neighborhood at that time, her parents were Jewish immigrants, struggling to improve their circumstances. Lepkoff dreamed of becoming a dancer, and after graduating from...Read More
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