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Tag Archives: 19th century

Selling the holidays

The holiday season brings with it a barrage of advertisements, on television, online, in your inbox, and printed in magazines and newspapers. The holidays are also a time for sending … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Clement Clarke Moore and Santa in the City

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade has marched down Central Park West and Sixth Avenue, which means it is time to turn our attention to another popular season for New York City, … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Space is the Place; the Museum’s Collection on Theaters

With Archtober – New York City’s annual Architecture and Design Month – almost upon us, it has got my theater archivist’s mind turning to the city’s history of theater buildings. So this week I offer … Continue reading

September 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

From Sea to Stall

A visit to my local Greenmarket on Saturday mornings is as much a part of my routine as a cup of coffee. And without a doubt, September is one of my … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · 3 Comments

My Hand-tinted Summer: The Cabinet Card Collection

  The Museum holds an amazing collection of cabinet cards and carte-de-visites featuring an array of Broadway entertainers, opera singers, and popular personalities (as well as some of their pets), … Continue reading

September 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Conserving the Rufus King Traveling Medicine Chest

The New York City of statesman and diplomat Rufus King (1755-1827) was a grim place. Disease crippled the city, with its rampant overcrowding and meager sanitation. And despite their stature, the … Continue reading

August 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Brigs, Barges & Wild Rovers: Transit from the Port of New York

Before the mid–20th century, when air travel took over as the fastest mode of transporting people and our things around the globe, our ancestors primarily relied on ships for trade … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lost Cures: Jacques & Marsh, Druggists

In 1979 and 1980, a team of archaeologists led by Diana Wall and Nan Rothschild, excavated the Stadt Huys Block. This site was located between Pearl, Stone, and Broad Streets and … Continue reading

June 7, 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

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

The plague of New York City summers

For modern New Yorkers, summer presents a variety of opportunities.  Some choose to flee its oppressive heat, inadequately air conditioned offices, and swarms of tourists; while others stay to take … Continue reading

August 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Cymbeline; what’s a love story without some scandal?

It was January 25, 1897, the opening night of William Shakespeare’s romance Cymbeline, based on the legend of an early Celtic British king, at Wallack’s Theatre. The lavish production starred … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Bringing the American Civil War to high school students

This spring the Collections Department has been collaborating with our colleagues in the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Center to use archival material to support education programming. The City Museum developed  Surpass! a … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · 3 Comments

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