1. See - EVERYONE uses The New York Public Library! Think he was checking who has been naughty and who has been nice? But seriously, folks, the holiday season is indeed upon us, so if you’re looking for a nice gift, check out our Library Shop - we have really amazing stuff for lovers of books and beyond. And if you become a Friend of the Library (supporting a great institution for as low as $40), you get a 10 percent discount - 20 percent during our annual Double Discount Week from Nov. 25 to Dec. 1! So join and save (and score some points with Santa).

    See - EVERYONE uses The New York Public Library! Think he was checking who has been naughty and who has been nice? But seriously, folks, the holiday season is indeed upon us, so if you’re looking for a nice gift, check out our Library Shop - we have really amazing stuff for lovers of books and beyond. And if you become a Friend of the Library (supporting a great institution for as low as $40), you get a 10 percent discount - 20 percent during our annual Double Discount Week from Nov. 25 to Dec. 1! So join and save (and score some points with Santa).

  2. theatlantic:

    Dead Authors on Twitter

    Twitter was founded just five years ago, meaning generations of legendary writers missed out on the chance to broadcast their witty thoughts to the world in 140 characters. What would Flannery O’Connor have sounded like if she’d had a Twitter feed? Or Charles Dickens? Or Shakespeare? The writers themselves may no longer be with us, but clever fans are impersonating them on Twitter, imagining what the scribes would have said if they’d had access to the microblogging service. Here are the best dead author Twitter accounts we could find.

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  3. Good thingz come in teeny packagez, big boy.
There’s really no story behind this week’s Caturday. We just thought this cigarette card from between 1932 and 1934 was a cute way to brighten up a gloomy, cloudy day. It’s from our George Arents Collection. Happy Caturday!

    Good thingz come in teeny packagez, big boy.

    There’s really no story behind this week’s Caturday. We just thought this cigarette card from between 1932 and 1934 was a cute way to brighten up a gloomy, cloudy day. It’s from our George Arents Collection. Happy Caturday!

  4. Is Brad Pitt A Vampire, Too?

    So by now, you’ve all heard this crazy story about a Civil War era photo featuring a man who looks eerily similar to actor Nicolas Cage. The owner of the photo seems to think Cage is a vampire who has walked the Earth for all eternity … or some such insanity. Anyway, we flipped through our Digital Gallery of 700,000 images, and found this 1857 photo from our Manuscripts and Archives Division that includes a prisoner who we think bears some resemblance to Brad Pitt (or maybe Mark Wahlberg). It’s not QUITE as close as the Cage image, but c’mon - it’s not bad. We also found images that look similar to Matt Damon and Gerard Butler. Let the conspiracy theories begin.

  5. In our previous post, we posted a cigarette card from our George Arents Collection that asked the question, “What is it which a cat has but no other animal?” So what’s the answer? Eight other lives? Superior intellect? The ability to make humans work for them? Nope. The answer, which was on the back of the card, is … kittens. Yep. Kittens. We told you it was incredibly stupid.

    In our previous post, we posted a cigarette card from our George Arents Collection that asked the question, “What is it which a cat has but no other animal?” So what’s the answer? Eight other lives? Superior intellect? The ability to make humans work for them? Nope. The answer, which was on the back of the card, is … kittens. Yep. Kittens. We told you it was incredibly stupid.

  6. What does legendary performer Lucille Ball have in common with NYPL’s landmark 42nd Street building? They are both 100 this year. Lucy’s birthday was yesterday, so in celebration we thought we’d share this candid photo of her from the Billy Rose Theatre Collection at our Library for the Performing Arts. We’d also thought we’d share one of her amazing quotes: “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” Enjoy!

    What does legendary performer Lucille Ball have in common with NYPL’s landmark 42nd Street building? They are both 100 this year. Lucy’s birthday was yesterday, so in celebration we thought we’d share this candid photo of her from the Billy Rose Theatre Collection at our Library for the Performing Arts. We’d also thought we’d share one of her amazing quotes: “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” Enjoy!

  7. "Listen, we iz NOT cats on a hot tin roof! This roof iz not tin!"
"OK, OK. Don’t go hisssterical!"
This crazy card from between 1876 and 1890 was an advertisement for F.O Pierce and Company, which had a paint and oil warehouse on Fulton Street in Manhattan, according to an old NY Times article. The card is now in our Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and  Photographs. Our favorite part is the little cat head that is seemingly floating around. Happy Caturday!

    "Listen, we iz NOT cats on a hot tin roof! This roof iz not tin!"

    "OK, OK. Don’t go hisssterical!"

    This crazy card from between 1876 and 1890 was an advertisement for F.O Pierce and Company, which had a paint and oil warehouse on Fulton Street in Manhattan, according to an old NY Times article. The card is now in our Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs. Our favorite part is the little cat head that is seemingly floating around. Happy Caturday!

  8. Honey Badger Don’t Care … But You Might

    Did you know that The New York Public Library has a photo of the honey badger in its collections? While we’re quite sure “honey badger don’t care,” we figured you might, so we’re trying to lighten up a slow Monday by sharing it. The honey badger - made famous by a hilarious viral video that Huffington Post dubbed “the best nature video of all time” - is also known as the Ratel, and it is featured on this cigarette card in our George Arents Collection. The card was published sometime between 1922 and 1939, and as you can see from the details printed on the back (shown below), the Ratel likes to eat honey, has loose skin, feasts on poisonous snakes, and is basically immune to bee stings. So the video is totally right! The honey badgers are just CRA-zy!

  9. I iz tickling the ivoriez.
This bizarre print of a cat playing the piano - engraved by T. Hollis based on a drawing by J. Mason - is currently in our Mid-Manhattan collection. The wacky piece was inspired by “the comical creatures from Wirtemberg” by Hermann Ploucquet (of course).
Any requests? “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,” maybe? “Cat’s In The Well”? “The Stray Cat Strut?” “Cat’s In The Cradle?” We can go on and on.
Rock on, totally weird Caturday. Rock on.

    I iz tickling the ivoriez.

    This bizarre print of a cat playing the piano - engraved by T. Hollis based on a drawing by J. Mason - is currently in our Mid-Manhattan collection. The wacky piece was inspired by “the comical creatures from Wirtemberg” by Hermann Ploucquet (of course).

    Any requests? “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,” maybe? “Cat’s In The Well”? “The Stray Cat Strut?” “Cat’s In The Cradle?” We can go on and on.

    Rock on, totally weird Caturday. Rock on.

  10. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!
While we do hope that you see some pretty spectacular fireworks today, we at NYPL most certainly do not advise that you follow the example of this 1904 Calendar from Burr Macintosh monthly magazine in which a child inexplicably snuggles up to “an explosive.”
We love our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection, but, sometimes…  the things people liked in the past really blow our minds.

    DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

    While we do hope that you see some pretty spectacular fireworks today, we at NYPL most certainly do not advise that you follow the example of this 1904 Calendar from Burr Macintosh monthly magazine in which a child inexplicably snuggles up to “an explosive.”

    We love our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection, but, sometimes…  the things people liked in the past really blow our minds.