Written by Maureen Maryanski, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections.
Among the Civil War related papers in the American History Manuscript Collection at the Historical Society are those of Union Army General Edward Ferrero (1831-1899). This one folder collection consists mainly of items relating to his military commissions. These materials document Ferrero’s progress through the war, beginning as Colonel of his own 51st New York Regiment in 1861 and rising to the rank of Major General by...Read More
"Fashion is unfolding, just like nature," reads the caption for a recent On the Street column by famed New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham (whose work is currently on exhibit at N-YHS). Now that spring has finally arrived, we decided to take a look at seasonal fashion in New York over a hundred years ago.
Back then, spring fashion apparently involved more enfolding than unfolding. Store catalogs feature an assortment of stifling outfits that look more...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
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