The image above from NYPL’s Rare Books Division is a fragment of Walt Whitman’s revision of his poem “The Mississippi at Midnight,” which was first published on this day in 1848 in the New Orleans Daily Crescent.
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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So you think you can figure skate? Are you photogenic? Can you tolerate the cold? Let these vintage figure skating photos be your guide.
Skating can be hard.
Like when you need to pull a giant sign AND smile at the same time.
Or wear heavy hair bows.
Or an annoying guy who isn’t even wearing skates tries to get in on your chorus line.
Can you guess what is celebrated on February 16th? Here’s a hint from 3 images created in the 1800s from NYPL’s Rare Book Division. Another hint, it’s not National Eggplant Day,
Wishing all our lovely followers a very happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate we present a few words from the 1892 ballad Dearest, “sung with immense success by Laura Schirmer Mapleson” in the opera comique Fadette. And now, for your enjoyment - the lyrics composed by B. B. Vallentine (we kid you not):
O dearest! O dearest!
Words can never tell…
How strong my love, how pure and true,
you dearest, yes dearest tho’ I love you well
I’d have you love me as I love you,
Love me too… as I love you,
You know I love you well, you know I love you well….
Ah! Love me too.
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.
The Library is open today! So, if you’re out there facing the elements, stop by one of our branches and pick up a good book to keep you company in the snow.
We know this picture is a little sunny for a day like today, but the open door just looked so inviting… plus, we can’t help but love this vintage photo of Great Kills Library from 1935.
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.
It’s not quite like the traditional Santa hat, but we wish everyone could have an Imperial Lounging-Cap - like this one, which must have been all the rage in 1864! It is a decadent piece of headware. Violet and crimson velvet, with black and gold scrollwork and silk tassel - as the ad says, “this would make a very pretty Christmas, New-Year’s…. gift for a gentleman.” We think ladies would like it as well!
It may not be Caturday, but nothing says Christmas quite like a 1910 postcard with a Calico cat in a bowtie surrounded by holly! Courtesy of the Picture Collection at Mid-Manhattan’s Holiday Postcard collection - we wish you all a very Merry Christmas.