1. On this day in 1934 the cartoon The Wise Little Hen was released as part of Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies Series. Donald Duck made his first appearance in this cartoon marking June 9th as his official birthday! This photo from our digital collection, show’s Donald Duck making his appearance at the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair. You can find more photos of Donald Duck’s appearance at the World’s Fair here. 

    On this day in 1934 the cartoon The Wise Little Hen was released as part of Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies Series. Donald Duck made his first appearance in this cartoon marking June 9th as his official birthday! This photo from our digital collection, show’s Donald Duck making his appearance at the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair. You can find more photos of Donald Duck’s appearance at the World’s Fair here

  2. In 1940, Alice Bowen (right) was the oldest mother to attend the World’s Fair Mother’s Day ceremonies. Then 93, Bowen had seven children, 17 grand-children, four great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren!
NYPL wishes all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day!
[Image: NYPL Digital Gallery.]

    In 1940, Alice Bowen (right) was the oldest mother to attend the World’s Fair Mother’s Day ceremonies. Then 93, Bowen had seven children, 17 grand-children, four great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren!

    NYPL wishes all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day!

    [Image: NYPL Digital Gallery.]

  3. It’s a cat tree! Actually, it’s just a woman holding a lot of cats at the base of the Trylon at the 1939 World’s Fair. I know, seems just as weird as a cat tree, but actually, it’s a nice story. The photo - from our World’s Fair Collection in our Manuscripts and Archives Division - is of Anne Stone of Flushing, Queens, who is holding her cats Freedom and Peace, and their kittens. According to the caption info, when Freedom went missing, Peace searched all over to find her, and eventually located her and the kittens at the base of the Trylon. So Anne is just reliving and enjoying the moment. There’s a nice story to kick off the holiday season - happy Caturday!

    It’s a cat tree! Actually, it’s just a woman holding a lot of cats at the base of the Trylon at the 1939 World’s Fair. I know, seems just as weird as a cat tree, but actually, it’s a nice story. The photo - from our World’s Fair Collection in our Manuscripts and Archives Division - is of Anne Stone of Flushing, Queens, who is holding her cats Freedom and Peace, and their kittens. According to the caption info, when Freedom went missing, Peace searched all over to find her, and eventually located her and the kittens at the base of the Trylon. So Anne is just reliving and enjoying the moment. There’s a nice story to kick off the holiday season - happy Caturday!

  4. Today, we reached 70,000 followers! That’s more than a crowd of people watching a model boat float in a body of water (circa 1939). And for that we say thank you for your support! 

    Today, we reached 70,000 followers! That’s more than a crowd of people watching a model boat float in a body of water (circa 1939). And for that we say thank you for your support! 

  5. The “world’s biggest barn dance” at the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair.

    The “world’s biggest barn dance” at the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair.

  6. When a movie actor can make a picture, talk and see his audience at the same time — that ‘s something out of the world of tomorrow. Here’s Adolph [sic] Menjou doing just that, in the A.T. & T. exhibit at the New York World’s Fair after his lucky number had come up and he’d won a free long distance call to the director of his next picture in Hollywood. 
"Everybody’s listening in and it’s just like telephoning from a goldfish bowl," he’s telling David Butler, R.K.O. director.
This text is from the reverse side of a publicity photo from the 1939 World’s Fair. Adolphe Menjou was a prolific film actor in the early 20th century, appearing in films including The Three Musketeers (1921) and A Star is Born (1937). And what a mustache!
Happy Mustache Monday!

    When a movie actor can make a picture, talk and see his audience at the same time — that ‘s something out of the world of tomorrow. Here’s Adolph [sic] Menjou doing just that, in the A.T. & T. exhibit at the New York World’s Fair after his lucky number had come up and he’d won a free long distance call to the director of his next picture in Hollywood. 

    "Everybody’s listening in and it’s just like telephoning from a goldfish bowl," he’s telling David Butler, R.K.O. director.

    This text is from the reverse side of a publicity photo from the 1939 World’s Fair. Adolphe Menjou was a prolific film actor in the early 20th century, appearing in films including The Three Musketeers (1921) and A Star is Born (1937). And what a mustache!

    Happy Mustache Monday!

  7. This week’s Caturday comes from the, “Wow, The New York Public Library really does have EVERYTHING” file. This is a photo of “Hitler” the cat (he has a black mark under his nose) with Sam the alligator, conductor Ben Bernie, an entire band and two totally unenthusiastic people at a jitterbug contest on Aug. 22, 1939. Perhaps you should read that ridiculous sentence again. The crazy photo was taken at the 1939 World’s Fair, and is from our incredible World’s Fair collection (the subject of our first free Biblion app; if you haven’t seen the newly-released second edition yet about Frankenstein, download it now). Happy incredibly odd Caturday!!

    This week’s Caturday comes from the, “Wow, The New York Public Library really does have EVERYTHING” file. This is a photo of “Hitler” the cat (he has a black mark under his nose) with Sam the alligator, conductor Ben Bernie, an entire band and two totally unenthusiastic people at a jitterbug contest on Aug. 22, 1939. Perhaps you should read that ridiculous sentence again. The crazy photo was taken at the 1939 World’s Fair, and is from our incredible World’s Fair collection (the subject of our first free Biblion app; if you haven’t seen the newly-released second edition yet about Frankenstein, download it now). Happy incredibly odd Caturday!!

  8. Another fashionable model - Gladys Macauley at the World’s Fair in 1940.

    Another fashionable model - Gladys Macauley at the World’s Fair in 1940.

  9. Fashion Week has started here in New York. In the fashionista spirit, we’ll post some style inspiration to the Tumblr today.
Here’s Mary Patricia Codd, who lived at the Hotel Barbizon, an extremely glamorous residence for single young ladies, including many models (read about it in Vanity Fair), visiting the New York World’s Fair in 1940.
Meanwhile, are you on Pinterest? Check out our "Fashionably NYPL" board, featuring images from our Digital Gallery.

    Fashion Week has started here in New York. In the fashionista spirit, we’ll post some style inspiration to the Tumblr today.

    Here’s Mary Patricia Codd, who lived at the Hotel Barbizon, an extremely glamorous residence for single young ladies, including many models (read about it in Vanity Fair), visiting the New York World’s Fair in 1940.

    Meanwhile, are you on Pinterest? Check out our "Fashionably NYPL" board, featuring images from our Digital Gallery.

  10. In honor of National Watermelon Day, we present this photo from our Manuscripts and Archives Division of the lovely Mary Louise Keller - who weighed 107lbs according to the man running the “Official Guess Your Weight” booth at the 1939-40 World’s Fair - sitting atop a giant 160lb watermelon from Hope, Arkansas, a weight which stumped the guesser.  
Download our free app Biblion for more highlights of the Fair and all its citrullus lanatus (that’s watermelon in latin) glory. 

    In honor of National Watermelon Day, we present this photo from our Manuscripts and Archives Division of the lovely Mary Louise Keller - who weighed 107lbs according to the man running the “Official Guess Your Weight” booth at the 1939-40 World’s Fair - sitting atop a giant 160lb watermelon from Hope, Arkansas, a weight which stumped the guesser.  

    Download our free app Biblion for more highlights of the Fair and all its citrullus lanatus (that’s watermelon in latin) glory