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Discovering the World’s Fair Collections

Thanks to a generous Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), as Project Archivist, I now have the pleasure of exploring … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · 8 Comments

Remembering the New York World’s Fair of 1939

“Designing Tomorrow: America’s World Fairs of the 1930’s” opened at the Museum of the City of New York  December 5, featuring a core traveling exhibition organized by the National Building … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 9 Comments

The World’s Richest Boy – the Life of William B. Leeds

Let’s face it: we all have baby albums, those pictures documenting our progression from newborns into children that we pray our parents don’t show anyone.  When I came across a … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Celestial Sphere, Color Movies, Gardens on Parade!

Help the Museum digitize its 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair Collection! The Museum’s New York World’s Fair collections continue to be a major resource for researchers all over the globe, … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 3 Comments

Clowns!

Clowns inspire laughter and happiness in some people, and fear or aversion in many others. They have been around for more than 4,000 years and in nearly as many places … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

A visit to Sochi, 1939.

What do the  2014 Winter Olympics and the 1939 New York World’s Fair have in common?  The promotion of Sochi, Russia as a tourist destination. As mentioned in a earlier … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

“I have seen the future:” Norman Bel Geddes and the General Motors Futurama

Regular followers of this blog will recognize the button featured at the right from one of our earlier posts about the Museum’s New York World’s Fair collections.  Visitors to the … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 11 Comments

Wurts Bros. New York City Photography

Many photographers have captured New York City architecture over the years, but few have been so prolific, nor have they documented the construction of so many iconic New York City … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Great Crystal Palace Fire of 1858

The New York Crystal Palace was a cast-iron and steel structure completed in 1853  on the site of current day Bryant Park, located between 42nd and 40th streets to the … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · 6 Comments

Photographing the Postcard Collection

Ever wonder how much work goes into digitizing a collection for view on our Collections Portal?  Here at MCNY, the digital team has been hard at work numbering, shooting, and … Continue reading

November 1, 2011 · 77 Comments

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