1. Happy Bastille Day!
How will you be celebrating this French Holiday?
77 years ago in 1936, celebrations were held at the Statue Of Liberty as this photo depicts from the NYPL United States History, Local History and Genealogy Division Collection. Be sure to check out the NYPL Digital Collection for more photos of Bastille Day!

    Happy Bastille Day!

    How will you be celebrating this French Holiday?

    77 years ago in 1936, celebrations were held at the Statue Of Liberty as this photo depicts from the NYPL United States History, Local History and Genealogy Division Collection. Be sure to check out the NYPL Digital Collection for more photos of Bastille Day!

  2. Some things never change. Cats are hilariously curious today, and they were hilariously curious in the 1950s - and here’s the evidence. This photo from our Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy depicts a kitty devilishly dumpster-diving on Catherine Street in New York City in 1951. It’s part of a set of nearly 1,700 black and white photos in our collection showing street views of New York City from the 1870s to the 1970s. We just thought it was funny, and perfect Caturday fodder. Happy Caturday (for those who don’t know, we’ve been posting pics of feisty felines from our collections every Saturday since 2010 - go back and see what other Caturday treats we’ve shared).  

    Some things never change. Cats are hilariously curious today, and they were hilariously curious in the 1950s - and here’s the evidence. This photo from our Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy depicts a kitty devilishly dumpster-diving on Catherine Street in New York City in 1951. It’s part of a set of nearly 1,700 black and white photos in our collection showing street views of New York City from the 1870s to the 1970s. We just thought it was funny, and perfect Caturday fodder. Happy Caturday (for those who don’t know, we’ve been posting pics of feisty felines from our collections every Saturday since 2010 - go back and see what other Caturday treats we’ve shared).  

  3. 60 years ago today in 1953, the MGM movie musical, ”The Band Wagon” starring Fred Astaire had its world premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The movie was inspired by the Broadway Musical of the same title also starring Fred Astaire. The New York Public Library’s Billy Rose Theatre Collection has dozens of photos from the original musical in 1931, including the photos above of Fred and Adele Astaire. Be sure to go to the NYPL digital collection, these photos are worth checking out!

  4. With all the excitement happening right now around the Wimbledon men’s tennis final, thought we’d post the front and back of this cigarette card from between 1922 and 1939 from our George Arents Collection. The card was part of a series of “homeland events,” and depicts a game of “gents doubles” on the famous grass court. We hope you … love. Get it?

  5. Happy Caturday! Check out this very cool photo from our Photography Collection - it’s a 1978 image of Julie Merz, daughter of architects Joseph and Mary Merz, and her cat, inside of their home at 48 Willow Place, Brooklyn (for double Caturday action, there’s also a cat poster on the wall). The photo is one of many in our collection by photographer Dinanda Nooney, who in 1978 and 1979 did a series of black and white prints of almost 200 individuals and families in their Brooklyn homes called "At Home In Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs." It’s hot outside - stay in and browse, and check out a piece of Brooklyn history. Think a cat still lives at 48 Willow Place? Hmmm, we wonder. Happy Caturday!

    Happy Caturday! Check out this very cool photo from our Photography Collection - it’s a 1978 image of Julie Merz, daughter of architects Joseph and Mary Merz, and her cat, inside of their home at 48 Willow Place, Brooklyn (for double Caturday action, there’s also a cat poster on the wall). The photo is one of many in our collection by photographer Dinanda Nooney, who in 1978 and 1979 did a series of black and white prints of almost 200 individuals and families in their Brooklyn homes called "At Home In Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs." It’s hot outside - stay in and browse, and check out a piece of Brooklyn history. Think a cat still lives at 48 Willow Place? Hmmm, we wonder. Happy Caturday!

  6. Buzzfeed has published a series of 24 “Jaw Dropping Photos” of the construction of the Empire State Building. These stunning photos were taken by Lewis Wickes Hine and are part of our Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs. To see the whole digitized collection on the construction of this iconic New York building, click here!

  7. In the spirit of Independence Day, we’ll feature the famous mustaches of former U.S. presidents throughout the month of July. 
This week we’ve got Theodore Roosevelt! Happy Mustache Monday. 
And while we’re on Independence Day, don’t forget to head to our 42nd Street Library and check out the free exhibition Foundations of Freedom, featuring a manuscript of the Declaration of Independence written in Thomas Jefferson’s and, and an original copy of the Bill of Rights. It opens today at noon and goes through Wednesday - don’t miss it! 
Photo: NYPL Digital Collections

    In the spirit of Independence Day, we’ll feature the famous mustaches of former U.S. presidents throughout the month of July. 

    This week we’ve got Theodore Roosevelt! Happy Mustache Monday. 

    And while we’re on Independence Day, don’t forget to head to our 42nd Street Library and check out the free exhibition Foundations of Freedom, featuring a manuscript of the Declaration of Independence written in Thomas Jefferson’s and, and an original copy of the Bill of Rights. It opens today at noon and goes through Wednesday - don’t miss it! 

    Photo: NYPL Digital Collections

  8. To mark the news that the Senate has approved comprehensive immigration reform, BuzzFeed has published a series of stunning photographs from our Manuscripts and Archives Division showing immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island in the early 1900s. The images were taken by Ellis Island clerk Augustus Sherman, and are definitely worth checking out. Our whole digitized collection of Sherman photographs can be found here

     

  9. It’s Officially Summertime!
Have you made your summer reading list yet?
If not…here are a few NYPL staff favorites to choose from!

    It’s Officially Summertime!

    Have you made your summer reading list yet?

    If not…here are a few NYPL staff favorites to choose from!

  10. This photo (courtesy of the NYPL Digital Gallery) displays Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. These three women were some of the leaders of the Suffragette Movement making incredible strides in women’s rights. On this day in 1848, was the first day of the Seneca Falls Convention, which was organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This was the first women’s rights convention to be organized by women in the United States. To find out more about the Convention or the Suffrage Movement, check out your local NYPL branch!

    This photo (courtesy of the NYPL Digital Gallery) displays Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. These three women were some of the leaders of the Suffragette Movement making incredible strides in women’s rights. On this day in 1848, was the first day of the Seneca Falls Convention, which was organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This was the first women’s rights convention to be organized by women in the United States. To find out more about the Convention or the Suffrage Movement, check out your local NYPL branch!