This post was written by cataloger Catherine Falzone.
If Marie Antoinette had survived the French Revolution, she might have come to live in the Pennsylvania woods. The American Historical Manuscript Collection (AHMC) contains documents from the founding of Asylum (or Azilum), the French refugee settlement located in Pennsylvania that was intended for the French royals.
After the French Revolution began and the royal family had been discovered escaping to Varennes in 1791, Louis de Noailles (brother-in-law of...Read More
An intriguing series of advertising cabinet cards have piqued the curiosity of staff and researchers ever since they were given to the New-York Historical Society by Mrs. Elihu Spicer in 1960.
Unidentified Merchant. Mrs. G.M. Bown, Photographer (Subject File, PR068).
Both the images and their maker are unusual. The photographs, which appear to have been taken around 1890, depict women in elaborate, imaginative costumes designed to promote various Waterloo, Iowa businesses. For example, a woman holding a...Read More
This post was written by Julia Lipkins, Reference Archivist, Manuscripts Department.
Charles Gilbert Hine (1859-1931), an amateur photographer, captured this noir scene of Madison Square Theatre on 24th Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway in 1905. His collection of photographs at N-YHS includes platinum, cyanotype, and albumen prints of Manhattan at the turn of the 20th century. Hine also created a series of annotated photo albums, which he titled, “Broadway, New York From the Sky Scraper to the...Read More
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