Today’s flashback Friday is brought to you by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Music Division: the 1895 sheet music to New Year’s Bells composed by Alf Hampton. Whether you sing it, say it or shout it - we’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and best wishes for 2012!
Picture it… New York City. 1862. One hundred people (maybe more) frolicking outside, enjoying the skating pond at Central Park. Here’s a picture of such merry-making from the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, courtesy of the prolific Currier & Ives. What will you be doing this holiday? Wherever you may be, whoever you enjoy it with, everyone here at NYPL wishes you a happy and a healthy!
It’s not too late for Christmas tunes! Check out a CD from your local branch. Most close at 6pm today. You could snag Kidz Bop Christmas, Noel by Josh Groban, or Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas Symphony!
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So you have family in town and need to keep them busy sightseeing. Don’t forget NYPL exhibitions! They’re free and open to the public, and exhibitions are up at different branches around town.
There’s Leironica Hawkins’ art exhibition Asperger’s Syndrome: An Invisible Disability, on display at Grand Central Library.
There’s Malcolm X: A Search for Truth at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, which offers the public new insights into Malcolm X’s multifaceted persona and personality.
There’s The Birth of Promotion: Inventing Film Publicity in the Silent Film Era or Out of the Shadows: The Fashion of Film Noir at the Library for the Performing Arts, at Lincoln Center.
And there’s our Centennial exhibition, Celebrating 100 Years, at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue, where you can see Winnie the Pooh (and Tigger too) — the real soft toys that Christopher Robin himself played with as a boy — along with a Gutenberg Bible, a copy of the Declaration of Independence in Thomas Jefferson’s hand, Virginia Woolf’s cane, and many other wonderful items from the Library’s archives.
If you don’t make it down to a library before the end of the year, don’t fret — both the Centennial Exhibition and Malcolm X have been extended into the spring. Yay!
Hope we’ll see you soon!
NB: All Library branches are closed Dec. 24-26, re-opening on Tuesday, December 27.
This circus performer sports a strong-man mustache and a chest full of tattoos.
We don’t know who he is, but his photo was taken by Charles Eisenmann, a German immigrant who established a photo studio on the Bowery in the 1870s (229 Bowery, to be precise – today part of the Bowery Mission). According to Syracuse University Library, which houses The Ronald G. Becker Collection of Charles Eisenmann Photographs, he focused on a clientele of dime-museum “freaks and curiosities,” who needed cartes de visite to help market themselves to side shows and circuses.
This image is stored in our Billy Rose Theater Division, which has a whole photograph file on the circus, for your viewing pleasure.
The NY Post’s Barbara Hoffman named our “confetti ball” a top pick of the holiday season in the paper’s annual “museum gift guide”, which ran this weekend! Yay! You can pick one up at our online shop, and while you’re there, check out countless other cool gift ideas, like a Reading Room lamp or a Winnie the Pooh doll or Patience and Fortitude book ends, and on and on and on. Happy shopping!