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🔮 #Rollerena Fairy Godmother was a Wall Street worker & Vietnam vet who became a celebrated figure in NYC’s #Pride marches, protests, & discos. ✨See the wand, eyeglasses, roller skates, & purse used by Rollerena on view in #StonewallNYHS. #Stonewall50 #WorldPride


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“Shante, you stay.” Drag performer #RuPaul Charles (b. 1960) rose to fame with the 1993 music video “Supermodel (You Better Work)” & The RuPaul Show (1996–98) on VH1. In 2009, RuPaul debuted the Emmy-winning reality series @RuPaulsDragRace, which expanded to include a drag convention in 2015. 👑 After three years in LA, producer Fenton Bailey announced, “Our queens will prance proudly in the city of Stonewall.” #DragCon arrived in NYC in 2017.
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Pin-back button by @fredralda // #StonewallNYHS #Stonewall50 #Pride #WorldPride #RuPaulsDragRace


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🤑 On June 24, 1916, #MaryPickford signed a million-dollar contract, making her the first actress to do so. Both an actress & a business woman, Pickford co-founded the film company United Artists in 1919 with D. W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, & Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
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📷: Mary Pickford (detail), undated, halftone photograph postcard, Publ. by Kraus Mfg. Co., New York. Theatrical Portrait File, PR 014, New-York Historical Society, 86808d #nyhistory #nyhscollection #womenshistory #film #otd


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👩🤳 OPENING FRIDAY: Explore *70 images* by Margaret Bourke-White, Marie Hansen, Martha Holmes, Lisa Larsen, Nina Leen, and Hansel Mieth, who were among the few women photographers employed by @LIFE between the late 1930s & the early 1970s.
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“LIFE: Six Women Photographers” is on view June 28–October 6, 2019. #LIFE6Women
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📷: #MarieHansen © LIFE Picture Collection, Meredith Corporation


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June 23, 1611: The mutinous crew of #HenryHudson’s 4th voyage sets Hudson & his loyal crew members adrift in an open boat in what is now #HudsonBay. They are never seen again.
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⛵ The window depicts Henry Hudson's discovery of the island of Manhattan in 1609. See “Memorial to Henry Hudson: The Arrival of the Halve Maen, 1609” in our library! #otd


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"Felt cute. Might delete later." 🤳🏼Happy #NationalSelfieDay from #AbrahamLincoln. You can snap your own selfie with our bronze Lincoln statue on our front steps!


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Tracy Reese began her career in 1984, and has since helped to define contemporary New York fashion, first at companies such as Perry Ellis and the Limited, and then with her own multi-brand empire. She focuses the design of her joyful, feminine styles, such as this ethereal dress, on the needs of real women (including First Lady Michelle Obama). Tracy Reese helms a multi-line lifestyle brand that is a mainstay of New York fashion.
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Tracy Reese dress, spring 2016, USA, Museum at FIT, gift of Tracy Reese. #MuseumatFIT @tracy_reese #BlackFashionDesigners #TracyReese #NewYorkCity #MuseumInstaSwap


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New York designer Betsey Johnson was part of both the youthquake fashion movement and Andy Warhol's underground scene. In 1965 she was hired as head designer for the cutting-edge Manhattan boutique Paraphernalia. She took an uninhibited approach to design and experimented with fabrics such as stretch bronze lamé, used here for one of her signature “little nothing” dresses. The success of Johnson’s free-spirited, trendsetting designs led her to start her own label in 1968. Her business still flourishes today.
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Paraphernalia (#BetseyJohnson) dress, circa 1966, USA, gift of Mrs. Ulrich Franzen, 2000.8.4, collection of the #MuseumatFIT #Paraphernalia #NYC #NewYorkCity #NYboutique #MuseumInstaSwap


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This tablecloth, designed by American textile designer Marguerita Mergentime, is a souvenir of the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. The fair’s theme, “The World of Tomorrow,” was used to promote corporate industry and new technologies. Marguerita Mergentime also created designs for Radio City Music Hall. The Fashion Institute of Technology was established in 1944, shortly after the fair, to encourage study in the fashion and apparel industries.
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Marguerita Mergentime tablecloth,1939, USA, P88.62.4, collection of the #MuseumatFIT @MuseumatFIT #MargueritaMergentime #worldsfair1939 #worldsfair @Fitnyc #designeducation #worldoftomorrow #NYC #NewYorkCity #MuseumInstaSwap


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Tomorrow @museumatfit will be taking over our Instagram as part of #MuseumInstaSwap, an annual Instagram Swap that includes 47 cultural institutions in the New York City area. First organized in New York City in 2016, #MuseumInstaSwap allows audiences to see the collections of partnered institutions with a vibrant new perspective. Stay tuned for collection objects from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection and some related to #Stonewall50! #MuseumatFIT #nyhs #NYC


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On June 19, 1865, slavery was finally, officially abolished in the U.S.

#OTD military orders to free enslaved African Americans were officially enforced in Texas—more than two years after the #EmancipationProclamation was issued. Texas had yet to officially recognize the President’s executive order until June 19, 1865—a date now known as #Juneteenth.
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📷: Isaac and Rosa, emancipated slave children from the Free Schools of Louisiana; cabinet card photograph by M.H. Kimball, 1863


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➡️ For the 50th anniversary of the #Stonewall uprising & to celebrate the dawn of the gay liberation movement, we are showcasing two exhibitions and a special installation. 🌈Stop by #StonewallNYHS for a look at #LGBTQ nightlife in NYC before and after Stonewall, a selection of objects from the #LesbianHerstoryArchives, and a timeline of NYC Pride marches as we approach the #WorldPride parade. Thanks to @bankofamerica for supporting our #Stonewall50 exhibitions.


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