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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Ephemera Collection
 PR 264

New-York Historical Society
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Container List

Series I: Ephemera

Scope and Contents

Series I, Ephemera, includes material relating to products (food, clothing, household items, etc.); establishments such as hotels and restaurants, charitable and other organizations; and cultural and political events, primarily in New York City.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Animals

Scope and Contents

Includes, among other documents, a dogwalker flyer with tear-off contact information; ticket to the Westminster Kennel Club Show at Madison Square Garden (1994); members pass for rides at the New York Zoological Society (1990); advertising picture postcard for Shar-Pei dogs; reprint of article "Horses in Old New York" by Benjamin Ladd Cook (autographed by Cook) (1961).

1960s-1990s, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Antiques

Scope and Contents

Includes, along other documents, business card for Baltimore County Stripper Inc (with price quote); name tag for the Ephemera Society of America conference; sales and show flyers and small pieces for Rhode Island Antiques Show (1988), a show in Pittsburgh Moose Lodge (1988), at the Greenwich (1988), "Modernism" at the Armory (1994); postcard for The Ross Group (poster sales); booklet for Manhattan Art & Antiques Center (1990s); flyer for antiques auction at Taylor & Taylor (1957).

1957-circa 1990s
Box: 1 Folder : 3A Architecture - Woolworth Building - Centennial dinner
2013, undated
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-1 Architecture
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Art - Exhibitions, auction galleries, etc.

Scope and Contents

The folder holds: one handbill for Romain-Barillier in Paris, card in French, undated, likely 1800s; remainder of items are gallery announcement cards from the 20th century: Kennedy & Company exhibition of "Little Old New York (circa 1940s); New York County exhibition announcement for "A Celebration of Three Hundred Years of Liberty" (1983); Linda Cummings (1997); Swann Photo Review Benefit Auction (1999), Photographic Literature & Photographs auction (2001), booksigning for Jay Maisel (2001); The Project and Salon 94 receptions (2007); Sepia reception for Vivan Sundaram, poster of "Trash" (2008); safe-T-Gallery reception for Anders Goldfarb (2008); and Higher Pictures opening for Scott Peterman ans Holly Hinman (2008).

Box: 1 Folder : 4 Art - Museums - New York City

Scope and Contents

Holds items from the Museum of the City of New York (1983-84); Whitney (1984, 1991); Brooklyn Museum (2007); South Street Seaport map (circa 1983); Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (2007-08); American Museum of Natural History Jumbo elephant exhibition (1993); Fraunces Tavern Museum (1983) and undated checklist of exhibition of paintings by John Ward Dunsmore; Museum of the Borough of Brooklyn at Brooklyn College (1984); 20th century art fair at Seventh Regiment Armory (1999).

Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-1 Art - Reproductions
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-1 Auctions - Cotton
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Banks and financial

Scope and Contents

Folder holds one item: Booklet "The richest man in Babylon tells his system" by George S. Clason, published by Financial Independence Founders Inc. (1930), gift of Mike Blumenthal, 2007.

Box: 1 Folder : 5 Beverages
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-1 Beverages
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Books (including Children's books)
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Business and Finance
Box: 14 Business cards
circa 1850's - 2000's
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Calendars and Valentines
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF 1 Calendars
Folder: Oversize Calendars, Promotional (oversize)

Scope and Contents

Includes Bank for Savings and Mexico Motor Car Supply Co. (with scenes from American history) and Pennsylvania Railroad.

Box: 1 Folder : 8 Clothing
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Clothing - Children
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Clothing - Foundations, Underwear
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Clothing - Fur
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Clothing - Hats, Millinery

Scope and Contents

Folder holds four items: broadside for summer hats at Genin's of 507 Broadway, circa 1852 (gift, Stephen Manheimer, 2020); trade card for Hill Brothers milliners, featuring the "Myra" hat, 1885 (gift, 2017); trade card for Simon Weil, milliner, 19th century (gift, Pam Schafler, 2008); two receipted invoices from Knox hatter, 1907-08 (gift, Mrs. Max A. Polster, 2007).

Box: 1 Folder : 13 Clothing - Shoes, Hose
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Clubs and Societies
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Clubs and Societies - Animal Rights
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Comic books
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Dances and Balls
Box: 1 Folder : 16A Dinners

Scope and Contents

Invitation from the Wichita Club to a testimonial dinner at the Star Casino for Executive Member Nathan Burkan, with related menu (1916); Schulte Roth & Zabel, menu for New Partners' Dinner held at N-YHS (2007).

1916, 2007
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Drugs and Medicines
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-1 Drugs and Medicines
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Dry goods/Department stores - grocery and feed stores

Scope and Contents

Includes, among other documents, trade cards for Clark's O.N.T. spool cotton, Niagara starch, Hornby's grocer; a list of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company's (A&P) branches in the U.S. on reverse of a large decorative chromolithograph and letter press depicting a bird and nest in a basket (gift of Linda Ferber, 2017); Whole Foods (Bowery location) brochure [2007]; manuscript bills and statements from W.H.H. Ransom & Son (1899), Arm & Hammer baking soda (1907); East River Milling Co. (1892), Auburn Tobacco Co (1929); cash register receipt from Dagostino (1986)

1892-2007, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Dry Goods/Department Stores - clothing and fabric

Scope and Contents

Includes, among other documents, trade cards for Medford Fancy Goods, Charles Cohen; holiday greeting card from Montgomery Ward; Talbot Clothing Co. contest (guessing state-by-state 1896 presidential election results) (gift of Leo Hershkowitz); Devlin & Co circular/price list (1857); various small pieces from B. Altman; James McCreery & Co private sale invitation (circa 1927?); brochures and small pieces (circa 1990s) for Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom.

1857-circa 1994
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Dry Goods/Department Stores -- Macy's (includes Thanksgiving Parade)
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF 1 Dry Goods/Department Stores
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Events-General

Scope Note

The folder holds the following items: 2 tickets to a Jenny Lind concert at Castle Garden on May 24, 1852 (Gift, Buffalo History Museum, 2020); admission ticket to the reception for Admiral Dewey in New York City on September 30, 1899; a sticker commemorating the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution in 1937, distributed by Pep Boys (gift, 2008); a booklet of songs, prayers and statements published by the Salesian Mission on the occasion of the 1976 American Bicentennial; the seating list for the 1948 Unification Dinner held at the Waldorf-Astoria; and an invitation to the 1972 dedication of the American Museum of Immigration on Liberty Island.

Box: 2 Folder : 1 Events - New York World's Fair 1939/40
Box: 2 Folder : 2-3 Events - New York World's Fair 1964/65
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-1 Events (includes centennial and sesquicentennial celebrations and Old New York lectures by henry Collins Brown)
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Events - 9/11 (includes World Trade Center ephemera)

Scope and Contents

Includes transcript and audio recording on CD (recorded by Story Corps) of Alison Schmid, with 2 pamphlets (gift of Alison Schmid, 2007); packet of observation deck tickets and brochure, Windows on the World (restaurant) business cards, bill, matchbox, and World Trade Center Club publicity booklet (gift of Alicia Latzer 2007); "Bravest of the Brave" CD (gift of Jay Comella, 2007).

Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-1A Events - 9/11

Scope and Contents Note

includes "Mind map" of all the parties involved in the restoration of lower Manhattan after the World Trade Center attack on 9/1//2001.

Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-1B Events - Bicentennial of New York Stock Exchange
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Firemen and fires
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-1 Firemen and Fires
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-1 Food
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Food - Candy/Chocolates/Sweets
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-1 Food - Candy

Scope and Contents

Sugar Daddy candy (Nabisco brand) advertisement in the form of a broadside "Sugar Daddy News" featuring tennis player Bobby Riggs and a large photo of Riggs with tennis player Rosie Casals, continuing the "war of the sexes" theme from the Riggs/Billie Jean King match.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Sugar Daddy poster donated by Harvey Spiller (accession PPAC.2017.30).

Box: 2 Folder : 6 Food -- Fruits/Vegetables/Grains
Box: 2 Folder : 6.1 Food -- Fruits & Produce

Scope and Contents

Holds one object: a framed photograph of a child with an advertising slogan for Kassowitz & Montesani, commission merchants of fruit and produce at 357 Washington Street, New York. The object also includes an embedded thermometer.

Box: 2 Folder : 7 Food - Meat
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Furniture
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Greeting cards and greeting card brochures
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Hotels and Restaurants - Hotels

Scope and Contents Note

includes a 1930 announcement of Winold Reiss's interior design work at the Hotel St. George.

Box: 2 Folder : 11 Hotels and Restaurants - Restaurants
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Hotels and Restaurants - NYC Restaurants

Scope and Contents

Includes: Hotel Lexington's Hawaiian Room menu (1937), gift of Dorothy Barck, 1937; Romeo Salta, mailed as correspondence with commentary (1954); Peter Luger's foil covering for chocolates (1987); plastic tab used to indicate degree beef was cooked, medium rare in this sample (1988); Serendity 3 (1988); Great American Health Bar (1991); Lexington Avenue Grill (1991); Piatti Pronti menu (1991); Keen's Chophouse (1990s?); City Bakery (1994 Lemonade Festival); Bond 45 (2005), gift of Joshua Hamerman, 2019.

Undated: Copacabana (highlighting Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis in the Copa's revue); Leon & Eddie's; Pluck U napkin; Gage & Tollner tea bag tag; O'Farrell's; Palm Beach Bar at Billy Rose's Casa Manana, numbered song list for requests; Martino's; Hermitage Shoppe tea room; Artepasta; B.R Guest Restaurants (various); Jerry's; Bruno's; Mars 2112; Mom's Bagels; Official All Star Cafe; Sundance menu; Yorkville Common Pantry free meal ticket; Beanstalk; Plataforma; Lucy's napkin; Zimmerman's Hungaria souvenir photograph of 7 women at table; Turf Cafe souvenir photograph frame (no photo); Stork Club napkin; Rainbow Gourmet menu; Jewelers Restaurant & Cafe I menu; Gold Rush; Le Cafe menu; Frank's; Harley Davidson New York Cafe; Hard Rock Cafe; El Tunnel menu.

Business cards: Mustang Sally's; Good Diner; Hasak; Hummus Place (2007); La Tour; Planet Hollywood; Bobby Van's Steakhouse; Ruby Foo's; Goldfinger's, gift of Craig Klose 2007; Dallas BBQ; Figs; McDonough's Spa; Kaspars; Official All Star Cafe; Jerry's; British Open; Plataforma; Martino's; Triple Crown ale house.

Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-1 Hotels and Restaurants
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Household
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Household - House Furnishings - Crystal and China
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-1 Household - Plumbing
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Insurance
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-1 Insurance
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Jewelry and Leather Goods
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Medical (includes dental and psychiatry)
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Military
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Military - 7th Regiment
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-3 Military - 7th Regiment
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Music
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Parks and gardens

Scope and Contents Note

Includes city parks and amusement parks (Steeplechase Park)

Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-2 Parks and gardens - Longwood Gardens
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Photography
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Politics and government

Scope and Contents Note

Includes political protests

Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-4 Politics and government

Scope and Contents Note

Contains political protest posters, including Help End Demonstrations, a 1968 poster advertising a march and rally for peace. Martin Luther King Jr. was scheduled to speak at the rally; his widow Coretta Scott King read the notes from his speech "Ten Commandments on Vietnam."

Box: 11 Politics and government -- campaign buttons

Scope and Contents

Includes campaing buttons for Dwight Eisnenhower, Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, George Mcgovern, Hubert Humphrey, George Wallace, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and others. Also include buttons for local campaings and other political issues (impeachment, anti-Vietnam, etc.).

Box: 3 Folder : 8 Printing
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Public Service/Charitable Organizations
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-2 Public Service/Charitable Organizations - Immigrants
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Publishing
Box: Flat Files Folder : 2 Publishing - Books and Bookstores
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Real Estate
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-2 Real Estate
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Religion

Scope and Contents

Folder holds only 1 item: publicity pamphlet for Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York (circa 2001).

circa 2001
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Schools and Colleges
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-2 Schools and Colleges
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Seeds and plants (includes flowers and florists)
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Sewing machines
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Sports and Fitness
Box: 3 Folder : 15A Sports and Fitness -- Skating
1940's - 1950's
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-5 Sports and Fitness (includes firearms)
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Stationery

Scope and Contents Note

Includes Illustrated letterheads from New York City businesses and hotels; a graphic telegram; an 1895 mourning card; a 1911 wedding announcement and invitation, written partially in Hebrew.

1895, circa 1910's-1920's
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Technology - Computers, Sound Recordings
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-2 Technology - Phonographs, Sound Recordings, Steam Driller
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Textiles

Scope and Contents

Folder holds one item: Booket "Smoke Rings from an editor's pipe," edited by Howard S. Neiman, reprinted columns from The Textile Colorist (1942), gift of Mike Blumenthal, 2007.

Box: 3 Folder : 18 Theatrical enterprises (includes nightclubs)
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Theatrical enterprises - Circuses
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Theatrical enterprises - Motion Pictures

Scope and Contents

Includes advertisement for newsreel movie about Nazi atrocities (film evidence used at Nuremberg Trials)

Box: 3 Folder : 21 Theatrical enterprises - Television
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-6 Theatrical enterprises - Theater posters
Box: Rolled drawings Folder : RD-1 Theatrical enterprises - Specs for "Hello Dolly" set (New York Streets drawn by Ron Hobbs)
Box: 3 Folder : 22 Tobacco
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Toilet articles and beauty aids
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Toilet articles and beauty aids - colognes and perfumes
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Toilet articles and beauty aids - colognes and perfumes - sample cards
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Toilet articles and beauty aids - face care - makeup
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Toilet articles and beauty aids - hair care
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Toilet articles and beauty aids - nail care
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Toilet articles and beauty aids - spas
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Toys and games (includes adult games)
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Transportation

Scope and Contents

Includes, among other items:
MTA/subway/bus-related items (MetroCards, publicity, etc.);
sightseeing/tourism (Gray Line tours (1947), Curtiss-Wright Flying Service (1934), two passes for the American Sight Seeing Cars & Coach Co. (1909-1910));
two tickets for the New York & Brooklyn Bridge Railroad (1895?);
Zipcar brochure (ca. 2007);
Hudson River Railroad schedule (1860);
Hamburg-American Line list of saloon passengers on the S.S. Deutschland (1905);
trade card depicting and in the shape of a clam for Lucey's 30th excursion to Coney Island and Rockaway on the steamboat Grand Republic (1800s), gift of Stephen Manheimer, 2019.

circa 1860-2010s
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Transportation - Aviation - Charles Lindbergh
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-7 Transportation - Airlines - Travel posters
Box: Flat Files Folder : FF-8 Transportation - Trains and subways
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Undertakers, Embalmers & Cemeteries

Scope and Contents

Includes 2 invoices from Trinity Church Cemetery (1905) and 1 from Havender's Monumental Works (1919) for the Anness family (accession 2007.50); fan-shaped advertising cards for George L. Jones of 455 Lenox Ave, with drawing of flowers, and for David M. Jaudon Inc of 104 West 131st Street, with Christian/Bible-themed drawing.

1905-circa 1930s
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Walking Tours

Scope and Contents

Holds one item: list of tours in conjunction with exhibition "Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York" (2007)

Box: 4 Folder : 12 World War II

Scope and Contents Note

Includes "Make and Mend for Victory" booklet with tips on conserving and recycling clothing; ration books.


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