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
This post was written by Janet Lee, Conservation Assistant
Parchment is a kind of processed animal skin that has been used for centuries as a writing surface. Considered strong and stable, parchments have traditionally been used for important documents.
These parchments are late 18th century colonial land grants from the Banyar manuscript collection. Like most parchments in the collection, they come to the lab folded into tight bundles, which makes storing them easy but access to them...Read More
Post written by Ashley Todd, a fall intern at N-YHS who processed the Bannerman Family Papers. The collection was generously donated by Virginia Betts in 2011.
If you have ever taken the Metro-North Hudson Line train to Poughkeepsie then you are probably familiar with the haunting castle ruins that sit on a small island between the Beacon and Cold Spring stations. Resembling a relic that you would expect to find in the highlands of Scotland...Read More
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