Scrapbooks are unpredictable. Each page turn may reveal some obscure, interesting piece of ephemera, photograph or letter. But it's still a bit surprising to unearth x-rays of a man's head and chest as we found in one of two enormous scrapbooks of Melville E. Stone Jr.
Born in Chicago in 1874, Stone was an 1897 graduate of Harvard who followed his father, Melville Sr. and brother, Herbert, into the publishing trade. In 1909, he became president of the Metropolitan...Read More
The Naval History Society was chartered in 1909 "for the purpose of publishing and preserving manuscripts, documents, and writings relating to our naval history, naval art and science, and the surroundings and experiences of seamen in general and of American seamen in particular." Its founding meeting was held at the New York Yacht Club, where Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected as the Club's secretary.
In 1915, the collections of its founding president, John Sanford Barnes, were...Read More
Brooklyn is justly known as the borough of churches and the rightful home of the Dodgers -- but did it also give birth to the Teddy Bear?
Credit for inventing the teddy bear is generally given to Morris Michtom, a Russian immigrant who is said to have opened a candy store at 404 Tompkins Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. The name was supposedly based on an incident that occurred when President Theodore ("Teddy") Roosevelt...Read More
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