It’s been a particularly sad week in the world of entertainment - yesterday we lost another star, Lauren Bacall. In addition to a long career as an award-winning actress, she also won the National Book Award for her autobiography By Myself in 1980. We’re honoring her legacy with a compilation of her work on and off the screen. You can also view some rare images of the actress in our digital collection.
Hilary Clinton submitted a great #ireadeverywhere photo, adding: “For #ireadeverywhere w/ @NYPL, I’m reminded of moments reading to Chelsea when she was little. Let’s #closethewordgap.” We couldn’t agree more.
NYPL is bringing reading to the streets! Starting Tuesday, we’re opening an outdoor reading room on the plaza of the 42nd Street Library on Fifth Avenue. We welcome you to visit, enjoy reading our staff picks, and take a photo in front of a backdrop of the Rose Main Reading Room!
This isn’t the first time we’ve brought the library outside. In the summer of 1935, NYPL created an open-air reading room in Bryant Park so that patrons could enjoy their selections in the sun and fresh air! #ireadeverywhere
Happy Bastille Day! We found a great photo in our Digital Collection showing a Bastille Day celebration at the Statue of Liberty in 1936. Celebrate this French holiday by perusing through some more great Bastille Day images from our collection (and maybe enjoy a croissant or two!)
We hope everyone is having a St. Patrick’s Day! A few images for you today from the Picture Collection’s assortment of vintage holiday cards.
May the wind be always at your back.
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!
For the full list visit NYPL’s blog!
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.