Vintage advertising calendars
Vintage advertising calendars
January 7, 2015

The beginning of a new year seems like the perfect time to explore our collection of vintage calendars. It’s hard to imagine in this age of email marketing and television commercials, but calendars were once among the most effective means of advertising.  Unlike advertisements in newspapers or magazines, which were likely to be discarded right…

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Spring Fashion, circa 1890’s
Spring Fashion, circa 1890’s
May 14, 2014

“Fashion is unfolding, just like nature,” reads the caption for a recent On the Street column by famed New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham (whose work is currently on exhibit at N-YHS).  Now that spring has finally arrived, we decided to take a look at seasonal fashion in New York over a hundred years ago….

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Making fun of fashion
Making fun of fashion
September 30, 2011

Fashion week, Alexander McQueen at the Met . . . . lately, we’ve been looking at fashion very seriously.   But fashion has always had its funny side too.   Take, for example, this 1776 caricature of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Caricature File, PR 010 One of a series of satires by the husband-and-wife team Matthew…

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