Finally, it's warm and sunny enough to be able to enjoy the outdoors, which for many women means an excuse to don their best hats. Here's a look at some of our favorite headwear represented in the New-York Historical society collections.
Men have always had fashionable hats too, like this on on Esteban Miro, the governor of Louisiana from 1782 to 1791.
We're in love with this polka-dot getup, not to mention the car!
Of course, Bill Cunningham...Read More
By Timothy Wroten
The modern red-suited, pot-bellied image of Santa Claus is the imaginative descendant of the historical fourth-century bishop St. Nicolas of Myra. Santa’s appearance and many surrounding holiday traditions owe much to the creative influence of some famous nineteenth-century New Yorkers, including Clement Clarke Moore, the author of “A Visit from St. Nicolas.”
His eyes-how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up...Read More
Contrary to our notions of a Thanksgiving feast, the first harvest celebrated by the Pilgrims with the Wampanoag in 1621 did not focus on roast turkey. According to the one preserved written account, the menu pivoted around duck, venison, seafood, and corn. Turkey only became part of the annual Thanksgiving ritual after 1863, when Abraham Lincoln declared the national holiday.
Writing in the text for The Birds of America (1827–38), the legendary naturalist-artist John James Audubon...Read More
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