New-York Historical Society Library Exhibitions

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This exhibit was curated by Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations and Curator of Printed Collections.

Carlo Maria Flumiani

The Wall Street Cook Book

Springfield, MA: Library of Wall Street, 1966

This peculiar publication combines recipes with extended commentary about the stock market. While the graphic design and irreverent tone suggests the work of a hippie collective, the author did not truck with the counterculture of the 1960s. Indeed, Carlo Flumiani first gained recognition in the United States in the 1930s through his lectures and radio broadcasts promoting Italian Fascism. In the 1940s, after misrepresenting himself as a legitimate commercial publisher when in fact he ran a vanity press and required authors to pay the cost of publishing their books, he was convicted of fraud and jailed. He seems to have bounced back in the 1960s and 1970s with self-published such as this, along with Teenagers’ Guide to the Stock Market and The Secrets of the Short Sale and their Profitable Application.

$50 Reward. Missing Since July 13th, 1889. A Chinaman Named Lee Some.

New York NY: Police Detective Bureau, August 1, 1889.

A few days after this notice was issued, the New York Times reported that the police were “beginning to think that enemies have him under keeping somewhere.” At the end of September, Some was found in Philadelphia and “delivered to his nearest friend” at 1 Mott Street in New York. The friend paid Some’s capturer the $50 reward. The next day, Lee Some “escaped again.” The saga of Lee Some took place against the background of the so-called Tong Wars in New York’s Chinatown. Originally  secret brotherhoods, some tongs transformed into gangs that fought to control lucrative networks of brothels, gambling halls, and opium dens. A largely corrupt police force was paid to look the other way.  Was Lee Some an informer? If so, who was he informing on? Someone powerful among the tong gangs? Someone in the police force? Or both? We have no record of what became of Lee Some.

The New Broadside. A Feminist Review of the News

Volume 1, Number 3 (1970)

New York: American Broadside Corp.

Notice Regarding Sex Discrimination in New York City Restaurants

New York: Committee for Equal Opportunities, New York Women’s Bar Association, ca. 1970

In 1969, New York City Councilwoman Carol Greitzer introduced a legislative bill to end the practice of banning women from certain restaurants and bars in Manhattan. The bill was approved by the City Council and signed into law by Mayor John Lindsay on August 10, 1970. Among the many outcomes of the new law was the admission of women to McSorley’s Old Ale House in the East Village for the first time in its 116-year history.

Peace Illumination Walk, 6pm from Washington Sq., Fri. Dec. 23

New York: New York Veterans and Reservists to End the War in Vietnam, 1966

Victor H. Green

The Negro Travelers’ Green Book

New York, NY : Published by Victor H. Green & Company, 200 West 135th St., 1959

During the 1930s, as automobiles became more affordable and more highways were built, Americans began to travel recreationally. These trips differed greatly, however, depending on the color of your skin. Throughout the United States, in the north as well as in the south, black Americans were refused service at many motels, hotels, resorts, restaurants, and gas stations. At best, they faced the humiliation of being turned away; at worst they risked bodily harm. Some towns even banned blacks from visiting after nightfall, citing “sundown laws.”  In 1936, Victor Green, a Harlem postal worker, compiled and published the first Negro Travelers’ Green Book, a directory of businesses that welcomed black travelers. It was a much-needed resource that helped eliminate some of the worry blacks faced while on the road. The last Green Book was published in 1966.

Register Book of New York City Public School 31, 1870-1921

Public School 31 was located on Monroe Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The number of foreign visitors to the school increased after 1906, suggesting that it may have been viewed as a model school.

The Woman Suffrage Cook Book

Boston,  MA: In Aid of the Festival and Bazaar, 1890

This cook book was created to raise money for the Women’s Suffrage Association.  Contributors included Alice Stone Blackwell, Julia Ward Howe, Lucy Stone, Frances Willard, and other prominent suffragists.  While contributors resided throughout the country, the majority were from the Boston area and many of the recipes reflect the regional cuisine of New England: brown bread, Parker House rolls, Irish stew, Boston fish chowder, berry pudding, and cream pie.

Sale of Italian Marble, in New York: Pells & Co. Will Sell, on Thursday, May 4th, 1865…

New York: printed unknown, 1865

Ships arrived on the East River docks with massive cargoes of marble and other core building materials as the city’s growth soared in the nineteenth century. This company was still supplying marble to N.Y.C. in 1893, according to a notice in American Architecture and Building News, May 18, 1893.

Signs from March for Our Lives, New York City, March 24, 2018

 

 

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