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The World Journal Tribune: or the Birth and Death of the Great New York Daily Newspaper
April 26, 2016

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections It was to hit the newsstands fifty years ago this week:  a desperate effort to save the great New York City daily newspaper.  The new paper’s hybrid name, World Journal Tribune, sounded forlorn even then. The new title represented an attempt to merge…

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A 19th-Century Fad: The Illustrated Gift Annual
January 8, 2014

This post was written by Miranda Schwartz, cataloging assistant. The New-York Historical Society’s Patricia D. Klingenstein Library has a rich collection of about 500 English and American gift annuals. What is a gift annual? the modern reader may well ask. It’s an annual compendium of poetry and prose, usually heavily illustrated, gilt-edged, and bound in…

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The Tale of the Wandering Washington, No. 2
February 13, 2013

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian. Last year at this time, we commemorated George Washington’s birthday by following a wooden statue of the general and President in its convoluted journey from city monument to private hands to mythologizing.  It would not be the only sculpture to share such a fate, and this…

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