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Category Archives: Digital Project

Corsets Begone: Women’s Fashions of the Roaring Twenties

The decade that gave rise to the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, the speakeasy, and the big band also brought with it soaring hemlines, breast-freeing bandeaus and the “uplift” brassiere, … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · 4 Comments

Young Chuck Connors, Mayor of Chinatown

“Mayor of Chinatown” Chuck Connors enthralled New Yorkers around the turn of the century with tall tales and colorful language describing the ethnic neighborhood he inhabited. Connors claimed to have … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Up on the Roof: The Revered, Reviled City Pigeon

Unquestionably the city’s most iconic species of wildlife, and inspiring perhaps as many fans as foes, the pigeon (Columba livia, also called a rock dove) has become a quintessential New York character. … Continue reading

May 17, 2016 · 2 Comments

Augustus Hepp’s Central Park in Blue

In 1853 the New York State Legislature set aside an expanse of land on the island of Manhattan that would eventually become Central Park. Five years later a design competition … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

How a Colonial Relic Became a Civil War Memento: Tracing Object History in the Silver Collection

Over the course of digitizing the Museum’s silver collection, we’ve come across many objects with storied histories, but not many can weave a historical path through our collection with the … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

An American Pioneer in Photojournalism: Jessie Tarbox Beals

March is Women’s History Month, a time when we celebrate women’s contributions to our history, culture, and society.  This month provides the perfect opportunity to highlight some of these female … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

State Dinners at the Lotos Club

New Yorkers, as we know, love to document their peer group—even colonial New Yorkers did it, as Curator Bruce Weber recently described in a post on the City Musuem’s exhibition … Continue reading

March 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Jumpsuits to Bullseye Bras: A Midcentury Fashion Trip

In the Dressing Room, on view at the City Museum through March 25, thanks to funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a mannequin cloaked in a … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

Can’t make it to the runway? Check out Dressing Room: Archiving Fashion

Do you have your tickets to New York City Fashion Week, yet?  If not (or even if you do) we invite you to step up to the velvet rope here … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Folded and Feathered: bringing hand fans to the Collections Portal

Long before air conditioning was a common amenity in most residences and buildings, high society New York women established their “cool” with an opulent, yet useful accessory: the hand fan.  … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

Ice Skating

Nobody is certain when humans first began ice skating, but it is believed that they did so at least a few thousand years ago. The first skates were sharp pieces … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

The New York Women Who Dismantled Prohibition

  Women have been considered some of the most visible advocates of the temperance movement—the movement beginning in the nineteenth century to voluntarily abstain from drinking alcohol. Less known is … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Conserving and Photographing the Silver Collection

The digitization of the Museum of the City of New York’s silver collection has progressed steadily since our last blog post highlighting presentation pieces in the collection. There are now … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

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