Every child in America has probably played with a toy train at some point. But why do toy trains hold such sway over our imaginations? Miniature trains were first created as models to accompany proposals for new rail systems as the world entered the industrial revolution. As trains became more and more common, so did these models, which started being produced for the toy market.
Nuremberg, Germany firm Märklin became the first company to produce a...Read More
Next week, Beauty's Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America opens at the New-York Historical Society. The exhibition examines the popular resurgence of portraiture in the United States during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century, when many families—enjoying newfound wealth brought on by industrial expansion—sought to document those their new wealth benefited.
One such woman was Caroline LeRoy Appleton Edgar, who was Mrs. Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte when this miniature was commissioned by Peter Marié, a New York socialite who commissioned...Read More
UPDATE BELOW: If Central Park had a mascot, it would be Pale Male, the majestic Red-tailed Hawk who has made the park his home since the early 1990s. Birders have chronicled his life and loves, from First Love to Lola to his latest mate, Lima. But nature has its dark side; last week Lima was found dead, presumably after eating a rat that had eaten rat poison.
The violence and tragedy found in nature is something...Read More
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