This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections
Well, not those seals, as in, mammals sunning themselves on rocks. We talk here of a heraldic emblem or insignia. New York City’s seal and flag celebrate their 100th birthday this week, and yes, beavers are always a big part of the story. The seal, in fact, could have looked quite like this:
Seals—pressed into wax to authenticate documents in previous centuries—were important elements that indicated...Read More
Even in a city with as many monuments as Washington, D.C., the Adams Memorial is exceptional. Commissioned on the death of his wife by Henry Adams, it is one of the most widely celebrated pieces of American funerary art.
Adams' wife Clover committed suicide in December 1885. The loss so shook Adams that she is entirely absent from his 1907 autobiographical work, The Education of Henry Adams. In fact, he excises the entire period of their marriage, from...Read More
Now that every inch of Manhattan is covered with buildings or fabricated parks, it's hard to imagine the city was once just another patch of earth. To celebrate Earth Day, here are photographs that reveal some dirt on New York City's past.
The first one shows the land currently occupied by the New-York Historical Society. It was taken in 1887 from the top of the recently-built Dakota Building (finished in 1884), located at 72nd Street and...Read More
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