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New York Public Library’s Rich Digital Collection Has Over 180,000 Images to Download

The New York Public Library has just made it a lot easier to take advantage of their digital collection. Not only have they released more than 180,000 pieces of digitized information into the public domain, they've also made it accessible without having to log in. From the letters of Thomas …

Thomas Jefferson

These vivid color photos from the 1890s used retouching to make the world more real

More than seven million photochrom postcards were printed<p>Of all the early color photographic processes to live and die, photochroms were perhaps the …

Photography

The Collyer Brothers: Inside the New York City Hoarders' Brownstone After They Were Found Dead in 1947

Homer and Langley Collyer were an extraordinary pair of brothers. They were born into one of New York City’s oldest families (Homer in 1881 and …

New York City

The Life Of One Of America’s Bloodiest Hitmen

“True Evil has a face you know and a voice you trust.”

Crime

We’ve recently digitized a number of books on color in association with an exhibit co-curated by one of our librarians, Jennifer Cohlman…

We’ve recently digitized a number of books on color in association with an exhibit co-curated by one of our librarians, Jennifer Cohlman Bracchi. The exhibit is currently open at the @cooperhewitt and is called “Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color” through January 11, 2019.<p>The source of this gif is D.R. Hay’s <i>A nomenclature of color</i> (W. Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1846) which includes a number of plates illustrating different types of colors.<p>See books that we’ve digitized with …

The Perils of Pearl and Olga

On the morning of December 31, 1946, two young women, among many other people, got on a subway train separately at the Fifty-fifth Street B.-M.T. station in Brooklyn, and sat down across from each other in a car as the train moved off toward Manhattan. They had never met, had never spoken, but …

The Muggletonians, an Obscure Religious Sect, Made Beautiful Maps That Put the Earth at the Center of the Solar System (1846)

In 1975, the philosopher of science Paul Feyerabend published his highly contrarian <i>Against Method</i>, a book in which he argued that “science is …

Astronomy

The First 100 Years of the Bicycle: A 1915 Documentary Shows How the Bike Went from Its Clunky Birth in 1818, to Its Enduring Design in 1890

Back in 1915, French filmmakers decided to revisit the evolution of the bicycle during the 19th century, moving from the invention of the bicycle in …

Archives

Never trust a cow on two legs

Never trust a cow on two legs.<p>From The game birds and wild fowl of Sweden and Norway; with an account of the seals and salt-water fishes of those countries ... By L. Lloyd (1867).

Watch 9 Iconic Artists at Work: Vintage Videos of Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, Renoir, Monet, Escher & More

<b>Claude Monet, 1915:</b><p>We've all seen their works in fixed form, enshrined in museums and printed in books. But there's something special about watching …

Art

Rare Photos of the First Australasian Expedition to Antarctica in 1911

In 1911, a group of scientists and adventurers set off on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, which covered previously unexplored areas of Antarctica. Led by Dr. Douglas Mawson—a geologist, explorer, and academic—the voyage produced a wealth of scientific information and aided in mapping the …

Australasia

Century-Old Film Footage Edited to Present a More Dynamic View of New York City Life in the Early 1900’s | Colossal

<p>Videographer Guy Jones edits century-old film to more accurately match the video standards of the present day. For the black and white clip of New …

New York City

The Most Damaging Myths About Slavery, Debunked

Were U.S. slaves in any way responsible for their own misery? Were there any silver linings to forced bondage? These questions surface from time to …

Black History

These Fascinating History Podcasts Will Make You Fall In Love With The Past

<b>Last Updated: May 2nd</b><p>A great podcast is all about being able to tell a great story. The medium thrives on masterful storytellers recounting and analyzing a moment in time that may have been forgotten or misread. It’s all about weaving threads together and adding insight along the way. That’s why …

Podcasting

From Game of Thrones to The Crown: the woman who turns actors into stars

Nina Gold’s role is invisible, and yet her taste has shaped much of what we watch on film and TV. By Sophie Elmhirst<p>Earlier this year, the casting director Nina Gold sat at the back of the stalls of the Criterion theatre in the West End and watched a group of students from the Royal Conservatoire …

Prince Philip

Wir verlernen die Handschrift

Seit Jahrhunderten schreiben wir mit der Hand. Smartphone und Computer machen das überflüssig. Manche warnen nun davor, dass Kinder sich schlechter …

In the Footsteps of a Killer - Los Angeles Magazine

Fifty rapes. Ten murders. Two identities. One man. From 1976 to 1986, one of the most violent serial criminals in American history terrorized …

Crime

Immaculately Restored Film Lets You Revisit Life in New York City in 1911

Other than one or two of the world's supercentenarians, nobody remembers New York in 1911. Plenty of living historians and enthusiasts of the city …

New York City

Rarely Seen Photographs Give a Unique Glimpse of Life Aboard Titanic Shortly Before Its Sinking in 1912

The Reverend Francis Patrick Mary Browne (1880-1960) was a distinguished Irish Jesuit and a prolific photographer. His best known photographs are …

Titanic

Enter “The Magazine Rack,” the Internet Archive’s Collection of 34,000 Digitized Magazines

Before we kept up with culture through the internet, we kept up with culture through magazines. That historical fact may at first strike those of us …

Setting Up the Circus - Found Color Photos of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Before the Show of 1953

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was an American traveling circus company billed as The Greatest Show on Earth. It and its predecessor shows …

Los Angeles

Anonymous snapshots capture a century of patriotic Americans

30,000 Photos Discovered In A Russian Attic That Reveal Daily Life In 1960s-80s USSR

It was no secret that Masha Ivashintsova was constantly taking photos during her life in Russia. She was prolific during the period of 1960-1999 and …

These horrifying ‘human zoos’ delighted American audiences at the turn of the 20th century

‘Specimens’ were acquired from Africa, Asia, and the Americas by deceptive human traffickers<p>More than 20 million people attended the 1904 World’s …

page 132 of “Die menschliche Sterblichkeit unter dem Titel Todten-Tanz, in LXI. Original-Kupfern” (1759)

page 132 of “Die menschliche Sterblichkeit unter dem Titel Todten-Tanz, in LXI. Original-Kupfern” (1759)

The Mysterious Disappearance—and Strange Reappearance—of Dr. William Horatio Bates

Just a few hours before he disappeared on August 30, 1902, Dr. William Horatio Bates, a wealthy and influential ophthalmologist in New York City, …

page 900 of “A dictionary of the Bible ..” (1860)

page 900 of “A dictionary of the Bible ..” (1860)

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Jackdaw Sweep - Beatrix Potter 30 July, 1892<p>The underappreciated jackdaw.

The Enigma of Edinburgh’s Miniature Coffins

It was a group of boys out hunting for rabbits who found the coffins one summer’s day in 1836. They were roaming a rocky peak known as Arthur’s Seat …

Microsoft offers to help Ghana man teaching computing on a chalkboard

A Ghanaian teacher’s resourceful use of a chalkboard to teach students with no access to a computer about ICT has caught the attention of Microsoft who have offered to help his class.<p>Richard Appiah Akoto drew a detailed diagram of the Microsoft Word processor for the lesson at his rural school in …