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Now on view! Two years ago, we were honored to receive Time Inc.'s archive. Running to more than 8,000 linear feet, this enormous collection of documents, images, objects, and multimedia formally started in the early 1940s to create a record of the people and work of the organization, from reporters in the field to senior management. Our new, special gallery in our West Corridor — “Time Inc: The World in Words and Pictures” — is devoted to @time as seen through the lens of its archive. It’s the first in an ongoing series of exhibits to highlight the single most important news publishing organization in the 20th century. In the years ahead we'll explore issues, events, and personalities as found in the archive. #Time #Life #exhibition #archive #publishing #muhammadali #marilynmonroe #janerussell #billgates

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Bustles, panniers, high heels, and corsets forced a fashionably dressed woman of the late 19th century to bend forward a bit in order to keep her balance. 💃This stylish posture — supposedly named after common images of figures on a Grecian vase — came to be known as the "Grecian bend”...and it was as popular as it was ridiculed. 👆Visit our Story to read the full “Song of the Grecian Bend," an 1870 satirical poem mocking the trend. #FashionFriday

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! Because it means we get to share some of these wacky photos of the N-YHS staff Christmas party in 1953. Complete with a roasted turkey, gingerbread house, party hats, dancing, and what appears to be some sort of skit (possibly satirizing librarians and cataloguers? #lol), it looks like a great time was had by all...well, except for maybe a few of those colleagues sharing awkward small talk. Ah, the holidays. 💃🕺🏻#workchristmasparty #tbt #throwbackthursday #whenyouworkatamuseum

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In 1806, Elizabeth Hamilton (yes, *that* Eliza) became one of the founders of the Orphan Asylum Society of the City of New York. 👧🏾🧒🏼 At the time, there were no options for desperate children besides brutal workhouses. Nearly a century later, Victoria Earle Matthews and Lillian Wald opened settlement houses in African American and immigrant communities, offering educational programs and creating some of the first playgrounds in New York. 📖 Women have long led the charge to care for poor and orphaned children in NYC — including organizing toy drives, like the one that brought smiles to these little faces: These lovely photographs show children who received toys through the Children’s Aid Society’s toy drives in the 1920s. 🤲 Our Center for Women’s History team encourages our followers to support a local toy or coat drive this holiday season! 👉 Visit the link in bio for opportunities to donate or volunteer in NYC. @nycgov #womancrushwednesday #womenatthecenter

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This quilt-y shade makes us wish we were home under a blanket with a good book. 📚🛌❄️ Empire Shade, designed ca. 1910-13. #TiffanyTuesday #Tiffany

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👧🏾📚🧒🏼This Sunday, December 17, at our monthly Reading into History Family Book Club, we're discussing "In the Shadow of Liberty" about the intertwined lives of four U.S. presidents and five people they enslaved. Author Ken Davis — who wrote the immensely popular "Don't Know Much About History” (!) — joins us to answer your questions and examine original documents and images in our Library related to this true and often ignored aspect of history. 👉 Details at the link in bio. Free with Museum Admission. Recommended for ages 9–12 and their grown-ups. #bookclub #idratherbereading #family

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#OTD in 1938, Pearl S. Buck became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. 🏅📚 🙌 She received it for "her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces," most notably in her Pulitzer-wining novel The Good Earth. 🗣️In her acceptance speech, she noted: "The creative instinct is, in its final analysis and in its simplest terms, an enormous extra vitality, a super-energy, born inexplicably in an individual, a vitality great beyond all the needs of his own living — an energy which no single life can consume." 📸 This photo was taken in 1955 by Editta Sherman, whose portraits were on display earlier this year in our Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery. #herstory #womenatthecenter #pearlbuck #thegoodearth #nobelprize #womenshistoryisamericanhistory

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If New York were a Christmas tree, the Chrysler Building would go on top. ✨

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Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, honoring those killed during the surprise attack by Japanese forces on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941—prompting U.S. entry into the war. In November 1945, our Library was given photos of the aftermath of the bombing captured by U.S. Navy photographers. In that collection was this shot from the Brooklyn Navy Yard taken on January 9, 1942, just over a month after the bombing. This parade of ship workers had volunteered for transfer to Pearl Harbor—a profound gesture of support and sacrifice. #PearlHarborDay

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This Sat, Dec 9, our Designing Women Market is back by popular demand! 👩🏻💼👩🏾🎨💃 Our #wcw are the awesome women designers, artists, jewelry-makers, entrepreneurs, and craftswomen who you can meet this weekend — like artist @hehyea who created this rad portrait of Iris Apfel (and others!) 👉 Swipe to see pics by other makers! Then join us on Saturday to shop for holiday gifts knowing you’re supporting businesswomen in your community. ℹ️Details at link in bio.ℹ️ Check out the other makers who will be there, including @cherylbryant.bryant @ericarosenfeld8 @cynthia_gale @kjkjewelry @juliescelfo @nkjewelart @joli_jewelry_world @katemissett @article_22 @evocateurstyle @simoneriart #herstoryishere #NYHistoryStore

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#Onthisday in 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment and ending Prohibition. 🥂🍷🍻🍸🥃 Of course, many had never intended to follow Prohibition in the first place. We found this (hefty) receipt from @ackerwines in 1919 among the papers of #WoolworthBuilding architect Cass Gilbert. We know that his private stash lasted at least five years (!) through May 1925 — his papers include a memo of a telephone conversation he had at that time with “Miss Pica” at the office of the U.S. Federal Prohibition Director. Gilbert, who was moving into a new residence, asked for "hypothetical" advice about how a person could legally store "wines and spirits purchased prior to the enactment of the Prohibition Law" while waiting for alterations on a new home to be completed. 🧐 (We also know that Gilbert made generous donations to anti-Prohibition organizations lobbying for the 18th Amendment’s repeal.) It seems Gilbert found a way to make his secret stash work, but not everyone was so lucky. 🚧🚨👉 Visit @museumofcityny’s page to see cops busting up a basement full of liquor! #HistoryHighFive

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🚨Countdown on #CourseofEmpire!🚨 One of the most beloved masterpieces in our collection — Thomas Cole’s five-piece series, “The Course of Empire" — is temporarily leaving the Museum in 2018. Our fan-favorite series will be traveling with a new exhibition, "Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings," first on view at @metmuseum and then @national_gallery. Stop by before January 7 to see these monumental works on view in their home at N-YHS before they skip across the park and journey across the sea. ☝️This is the third of the five, "The Consummation of Empire."

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