1. In honor of the newly-arrived Spring, and our fervent hope for warmer weather, today’s Caturday from NYPL’s 1939 World’s Fair Collection features a magnolia blossom and two extraordinarily tiny kittens.

    In honor of the newly-arrived Spring, and our fervent hope for warmer weather, today’s Caturday from NYPL’s 1939 World’s Fair Collection features a magnolia blossom and two extraordinarily tiny kittens.

  2. On this day in 1909 William H. Taft was inaugurated as the 27th President of the United States. To commemorate the occasion we selected this photograph from NYPL’s Photography Collection of President Taft with his presidential predecessor Theodore Roosevelt, who are both sporting some  magnificent mustaches! 

    On this day in 1909 William H. Taft was inaugurated as the 27th President of the United States. To commemorate the occasion we selected this photograph from NYPL’s Photography Collection of President Taft with his presidential predecessor Theodore Roosevelt, who are both sporting some  magnificent mustaches! 

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  4. America’s first President certainly left his mark on the future of our country and if the legend is true, he also left his mark for all to see at the majestic Natural Bridge in Virginia. This photograph from NYPL’s  Pageant of America series captures the moment in stark black and white. We find it pretty inspirational! We wouldn’t go so far as to say that folks should carve their initials in the beauty of nature, but it does make us consider how to leave our mark in other ways. 

    America’s first President certainly left his mark on the future of our country and if the legend is true, he also left his mark for all to see at the majestic Natural Bridge in Virginia. This photograph from NYPL’s  Pageant of America series captures the moment in stark black and white. We find it pretty inspirational! We wouldn’t go so far as to say that folks should carve their initials in the beauty of nature, but it does make us consider how to leave our mark in other ways. 

  5. Today we bid farewell to comic genius Sid Caesar. Above is a photo from LPA’s Billy Rose Theater Collection, which shows the television pioneer mid-sketch with his fabled partner in comedic crime - Imogene Coca. 
We enjoyed the show Mr. Caesar and we thank you for the lifetime of laughs you bestowed on us. 
If you would like to learn more about the imitable Sid Caesar, the Library has books, movies and cds featuring the legendary comedian.

    Today we bid farewell to comic genius Sid Caesar. Above is a photo from LPA’s Billy Rose Theater Collection, which shows the television pioneer mid-sketch with his fabled partner in comedic crime - Imogene Coca. 

    We enjoyed the show Mr. Caesar and we thank you for the lifetime of laughs you bestowed on us. 

    If you would like to learn more about the imitable Sid Caesar, the Library has books, movies and cds featuring the legendary comedian.

  6. Fumble! There was some fumbling going on last night. Now, we have love for both the Seahawks and the Broncos - the only reason we state the obvious is to share this awesome vintage photograph from NYPL’s Photograph Collection. 

    Fumble! There was some fumbling going on last night. Now, we have love for both the Seahawks and the Broncos - the only reason we state the obvious is to share this awesome vintage photograph from NYPL’s Photograph Collection. 

  7. In honor of all the folks holiday shopping this weekend, we present the Caturday favorite “A Xmas Shopper,” a 1914 photo print from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection. We’ve posted this photo several times, but come on - it never gets old. Happy Caturday and happy shopping (PS - don’t forget to check our online Library Shop for amazing gift ideas that also support NYPL. For example, need a nice Hanukkah gift? How about the NYPL publication Jews in America: From New Amsterdam to the Yiddish Stage?)!

    In honor of all the folks holiday shopping this weekend, we present the Caturday favorite “A Xmas Shopper,” a 1914 photo print from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection. We’ve posted this photo several times, but come on - it never gets old. Happy Caturday and happy shopping (PS - don’t forget to check our online Library Shop for amazing gift ideas that also support NYPL. For example, need a nice Hanukkah gift? How about the NYPL publication Jews in America: From New Amsterdam to the Yiddish Stage?)!

  8. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so for this week’s Caturday, we’re sharing some photos of cat balloons from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! The photos are from the 1931 and 1932 parades, and are currently in our Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy. Yes, they’re a little small (and affixed to paper along with photos of other balloons) but you can still see them! If you want to see other old school photos of the parade, we have plenty here. Happy Caturday!

  9. Today, the Library joins the rest of the US in saluting the country’s veterans. Above are three photos from the Library’s collections depicting vets: one shows disabled veterans putting together poppies in 1947, another shows 93-year-old Civil War vet L.A. Wilcox explaining his medals to a young girl at the 1940 World’s Fair, and a third shows three veterans of WWI - including Brooklyn boy Harry Bauman, who wore two artificial limbs as a result of battle injuries - also at the 1940 World’s Fair. In addition to the images, the Library also has audio from the NYC Veterans Oral History Project, a community-based project supported by volunteer interviewers who record the personal accounts of American war veterans in neighborhoods around the city so that future generations may understand an important part of history from the people who lived it. So check it all out, and salute these brave men and women. 

    Just a reminder - NYPL branches are closed today to mark the holiday, but will be open again tomorrow. 

  10. It’s a fur ball attack! Look at this lucky gal, totally surrounded by adorable kitties at a cat show held at the 1939-1940 World’s Fair in New York. The purrrfect image is part of our extensive World’s Fair collection (the first subject of our free iPad app Biblion, which you should download), which is in our Manuscripts and Archives Division. Happy multiple cat Caturday! 

    It’s a fur ball attack! Look at this lucky gal, totally surrounded by adorable kitties at a cat show held at the 1939-1940 World’s Fair in New York. The purrrfect image is part of our extensive World’s Fair collection (the first subject of our free iPad app Biblion, which you should download), which is in our Manuscripts and Archives Division. Happy multiple cat Caturday!