Written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
An often overlooked source of historical and cultural memory is the ephemeral format of sheet music. The New-York Historical Society houses an extensive sheet music collection numbering close to 15,000. Many of these are from the 19th century, but a significant subsection contains popular songs from the early to mid-20th century. One of the most famous and widely recorded early blues songs is W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis...Read More
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 'Best' Tonic" -- while a nanny tends to her apparently new-born baby. Now that's my brand of motherhood!
In the late 1800's,...Read More
It was in 1900, for the first and only time.
The 1900 Olympics, held in Paris, were also the first which allowed women to compete (an Olympic tradition which has, happily, had a longer track record than croquet). According to Olympic games historian Bill Mallon, two women competed (with other men) in a croquet match which began on June 28, 1900. Women also participated in tennis and golf in the 1900 Olympics, but since the croquet...Read More
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