1. On this day in 1840, Samuel Morse received the patent for his telegraph machine. (the ancestor to your iPhone) This photo from NYPL’s Wallach Photography Division shows the original instrument that sent the first ever telegraph message 4 years later from the Washington end of the Washington-Baltimore telegraph line. 
The More You Know… Happy Friday!

    On this day in 1840, Samuel Morse received the patent for his telegraph machine. (the ancestor to your iPhone) This photo from NYPL’s Wallach Photography Division shows the original instrument that sent the first ever telegraph message 4 years later from the Washington end of the Washington-Baltimore telegraph line. 

    The More You Know… Happy Friday!

  2. Building Inspector | Kill Time. Make History →

    What’s old is new again at The New York Public Library! Visit the Library’s latest app - Building Inspector - and help us digitize maps for the future. With your help, the Library can create a new world of information. (It doesn’t hurt that one will feel a sense of zen while using)

  3. NYPL TechConnect →

  4. Yesterday - just in time for Halloween - the NYPL launched in conjunction with the University of Maryland and Oxford’s Bodleian Library the brand new Shelley-Godwin Archive online. As The New York Times wrote yesterday, users can now examine online the various literary manuscripts of “the first family of English literature” which includes Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin and of course Mary Shelley. The manuscripts will be released in four phases but you Frankenstein buffs can already get a chance to look at the original manuscript of that iconic work. 

    Yesterday - just in time for Halloween - the NYPL launched in conjunction with the University of Maryland and Oxford’s Bodleian Library the brand new Shelley-Godwin Archive online. As The New York Times wrote yesterday, users can now examine online the various literary manuscripts of “the first family of English literature” which includes Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin and of course Mary Shelley. The manuscripts will be released in four phases but you Frankenstein buffs can already get a chance to look at the original manuscript of that iconic work. 

  5. Welcome →

    On this day in 1991 - The World Wide Web made its debut, which we think makes today a great day to visit www.nypl.org! (Although visiting this Tumblr page works too!)

  6. artprintsphotographsnypl:

    Come visit our 2 new exhibitions on the theme of Ruin.  They are complementary exhibits of prints and photographs from The Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.  Both exhibitions, Photography and Ruin” and “In Pieces: The Ancient Fragment or Ruin in Early Modern Prints” are located on the third floor of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

  7. In a city full of skyscrapers, where would we be without our elevators? On March 23, 1857, Elisha Otis installed the first safety elevator for passenger service in the store of E.V. Haughwout & Co. in New York City. (thank you Encyclopedia Brittanica for this reference!) If the name Otis sounds familiar, that’s because Elisha founded the Otis Elevator Company, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of the aforesaid device.
Today’s image is brought to you by the General  Research Collection of the Science, Industry and Business Library. Although it’s not an Otis, it’s a lovely representation of a fundamental New York necessity.

    In a city full of skyscrapers, where would we be without our elevators? On March 23, 1857, Elisha Otis installed the first safety elevator for passenger service in the store of E.V. Haughwout & Co. in New York City. (thank you Encyclopedia Brittanica for this reference!) If the name Otis sounds familiar, that’s because Elisha founded the Otis Elevator Company, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of the aforesaid device.

    Today’s image is brought to you by the General  Research Collection of the Science, Industry and Business Library. Although it’s not an Otis, it’s a lovely representation of a fundamental New York necessity.

  8. The Library has just launched Stereogranimator, a site that lets users turn our historic collection of stereographs into animated images like the one above. Read all about it in the Times and then go play! It’s the latest way we’re using technology to bring our collections to the public, following our What’s on the Menu, Biblion iPad app and map warping projects.
Caturday will never be the same …

    The Library has just launched Stereogranimator, a site that lets users turn our historic collection of stereographs into animated images like the one above. Read all about it in the Times and then go play! It’s the latest way we’re using technology to bring our collections to the public, following our What’s on the Menu, Biblion iPad app and map warping projects.

    Caturday will never be the same …