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The Aristocrat of Harlem: The Cotton Club
February 17, 2016

This post was written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections. At the height of the Roaring Twenties, the wealthy and glamorous descended in droves on the northeast corner of 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue to hear the latest compositions, see the newest dances, and revel in the cultural and creative crucible of Harlem’s…

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“Meet Me at the Double R Coffee House”
October 16, 2012

Coffee’s big in the “city that never sleeps”. And it’s not a new thing either: a great little snapshot of this love affair has popped up in the form of a menu and an advertisement for the Double R Coffee House. Sure, you’ve never heard of it but the venture’s partners were none other than…

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Prohibition’s Prelude
October 7, 2011

As viewers of Ken Burns Prohibition documentary this week will know, there was a year-long lag between the date the 18th Amendment was ratified (January 16, 1919) and the date it went into effect (January 17, 1920).  This gave Tin Pan Alley plenty of time to ponder questions like:  Bella Landauer Collection of Business and…

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Happy Mother’s Day!
May 6, 2011

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…

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