On October 11, 1884 Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born on West 37th Street in New York City. By the end of her life, she would be known as the longest serving First Lady of the United States, and Harry Truman would nickname her "First Lady of the World" for her humanitarian efforts. But she began her life surrounded by New York City's Gilded Age riches.
Anna Eleanor was born to Elliott Bulloch Roosevelt and Anna Rebecca Hall. Anna Rebecca...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
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
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