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The Museum’s Ephemera Collections include advertisements, handbills, pamphlets, menus, invitations, medals, pins, buttons, badges, three-dimensional souvenirs, and printed textiles. As utilitarian objects, these items served as the connective tissue between citizens and their city, organizations and their members, and populations and the social geography of daily life. Today these objects – dating from the Colonial era on—continue to provide visual and material insight into New Yorkers’ engagement with the city. The Museum is thankful for the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which is allowing us to make these objects freely and publicly accessible.
City Hall, Wall St. N.Y.

City Hall, Wall St. N.Y.

Erected in 1700, demolished 1812. A British prison during the Revolution. No. 2, Aug. B. Sage's historical...

Launching of the Municipal Ferryboat "Melrose"

Launching of the Municipal Ferryboat "Melrose"

The Commissioner of Plant and Structures, Honorable Albert Goldman, requests the presence of J. Clarence...

Clionian Society. Eighteenth Anniversary.

Clionian Society. Eighteenth Anniversary.

April 27, 1869. Printed by J. F. Haviland, New York.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 50 Year Club

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 50 Year Club


[To meet the Venerable Archdeacon Farrar, D.D.]

[To meet the Venerable Archdeacon Farrar, D.D.]

At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus W. Field, 123 East 21st Street, on December 4.

Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of the Board of Aldermen, 1665

Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of the Board of Aldermen, 1665

Issued by the Holland Society of New York, 1915.

Seth M. Harris

Seth M. Harris

Importer of children's and misses' suits and hats. No. 891, Broadway, New-York.

The Ceremony of Breaking Ground for the Triborough Bridge

The Ceremony of Breaking Ground for the Triborough Bridge

October 25, 1929 at Astoria Park.

Sal Albanese Democrat for Mayor

Sal Albanese Democrat for Mayor


Independence Guard

Independence Guard

Ladies ticket.

Actors Fund New York

Actors Fund New York


A. Smith - Elocution

A. Smith - Elocution

St. James's School.

The State of New York. Centennial Opening of the Original Erie Canal

The State of New York. Centennial Opening of the Original Erie Canal


Frank P. Basset, Wholesale Dealer in Produce

Frank P. Basset, Wholesale Dealer in Produce

No. 22 Old Slip, New York.

To commemorate the first scheduled passenger flight into the World's greatest airport, New York's La Guardia Field

To commemorate the first scheduled passenger flight into the World's greatest airport, New York's La Guardia Field

E. S. Pinney was a passenger aboard the TWA "Benjamin Franklin" on its arrival at 12:03 a.m. December...

Bartholdi Statue Liberty Enlightening the World

Bartholdi Statue Liberty Enlightening the World


Sixth Annual Ball of the Lexington Association

Sixth Annual Ball of the Lexington Association

In commemoration of the Battle of Lexington, at Gothic Hall, April 19, 1854.

[Dinner with Mr. D. S. Jones.]

[Dinner with Mr. D. S. Jones.]

No. 2 Bond Street.

About the Music

About the Music

Tribute dinner to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Tschirky. Golden wedding anniversary. October 7, 1937

[Wedding of Nellie Elizabeth Curran and Joseph Stephen Kery, Jr.]

[Wedding of Nellie Elizabeth Curran and Joseph Stephen Kery, Jr.]

Grace Episcopal Church, April 24, 1915.

Fifth Avenue Hotel Breakfast.

Fifth Avenue Hotel Breakfast.


[Invitation to attend a reception and promenade concert at the Seventh Regiment Armory.]

[Invitation to attend a reception and promenade concert at the Seventh Regiment Armory.]

The Committee of Arrangements for the Celebration of the Centennial of the Evacuation of New York by...

Guest Speaker - Brooklyn Rotary Club

Guest Speaker - Brooklyn Rotary Club


[Badge in the shape of a shield.]

[Badge in the shape of a shield.]

Robbins Co. Attleboro, Mass.

Old Public School No. 40 Second Annual Re-union Dinner of the Alumni Association

Old Public School No. 40 Second Annual Re-union Dinner of the Alumni Association

February 1, 1912

Durant, Lathrop & Co.

Durant, Lathrop & Co.

Forwarders and dealers in grain and flour. T. C. Durant, 7 South Street, New York.

Licensed Chauffeur New York

Licensed Chauffeur New York


Teamsters - Local 819

Teamsters - Local 819

International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Pataki Cuts Crush Transit

Pataki Cuts Crush Transit

Less service, higher fares.

135th Annual Banquet, of the Chamber of Commerce

135th Annual Banquet, of the Chamber of Commerce

November 17, 1903. | Menu and information about statue unveiling.

Epicure

Epicure

40 East 52nd Street, New York.

New Mona Lisa

New Mona Lisa

64 West 55th Street, New York City.

Happy Days Are Here Again

Happy Days Are Here Again

Don't throw me away. You may need me some day. CIrcle 7-8966, 5974, 8974.

Dinner to the Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States from Canada the Honourable Vincent Massey, P.C.

Dinner to the Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States from Canada the Honourable Vincent Massey, P.C.

And to other distinguished Canadians given by the Pilgrims of the United States. December 10, 1928.

Welcome to the Right Honourable David Lloyd George, O.M., M.P.

Welcome to the Right Honourable David Lloyd George, O.M., M.P.

November 2, 1923

The Mayor of the City of New York requests the company of Mr. Davies at dinner

The Mayor of the City of New York requests the company of Mr. Davies at dinner

Monday, October 14, 1912, in honor of the President of the United States, his Cabinet, and the Officers...

Welcome of the Atlantic Fleet by the City of New York Smoker

Welcome of the Atlantic Fleet by the City of New York Smoker

Saturday, October 12, 1912. | Printed by the Rob't. H. Bartsch Press, 87 Frankfort St., New York.

[Welcome of the Atlantic Fleet by the City of New York Smoker.]

[Welcome of the Atlantic Fleet by the City of New York Smoker.]

Saturday, October 12, 1912.

[Certificate of membership to the Marine Temperance Society of the Port of New York.]

[Certificate of membership to the Marine Temperance Society of the Port of New York.]


Annual Ball of the Associated Ex N.Y. Turner Cadets

Annual Ball of the Associated Ex N.Y. Turner Cadets

Turn Hall, December 12, 1874.

Reception at the Lawyers' Club

Reception at the Lawyers' Club

April 29, 1889. To Hon. Joseph Blumenthal.

Sal Albanese Democrat for Mayor

Sal Albanese Democrat for Mayor


Sixty-eighth Annual Dinner of the St. Patrick Society of Brooklyn

Sixty-eighth Annual Dinner of the St. Patrick Society of Brooklyn

March 17, 1917.

Department of Docks and Ferries, the City of New York

Department of Docks and Ferries, the City of New York

Maurice Featherson, Commissioner. Launching of ferryboat Richmond, at Port Richmond, S.I. The Burlee...

For a Further Unification of the People

For a Further Unification of the People

Lincoln Tunnel dedicated 1937. Built and owned by the Port of New York Authority.

The Fifth Avenue Hotel

The Fifth Avenue Hotel

"Passing of a famous hostelry". Building to be torn down May 1, 1908. Catalogue No. 4. Augustus W. Clarke,...

Light, Liberty, Law

Light, Liberty, Law

The New York Free Academy was founded 1847, by act of the legislature and vote of the citizens; and its...

That the World Shall Have a New Birth of Freedom

That the World Shall Have a New Birth of Freedom

Guest. The Mayor and Committee of Citizens of the City of New York honor and welcome the Italian Royal...

The Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal

The Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal

Awarded annually for preeminence in zoology or paleontology.

The Evening Telegram Bicycle Parade

The Evening Telegram Bicycle Parade

June 5, 1897

Spring Fashions for 1877. Wilson & Greig

Spring Fashions for 1877. Wilson & Greig

771 Broadway, New York.

Dinner to the American Medical Association, by the Physicians of New York City

Dinner to the American Medical Association, by the Physicians of New York City

May 5, 1853

Liberty Centennial

Liberty Centennial


"The Feasts of the Saints" or "Fiestas of Our Little Italies"

"The Feasts of the Saints" or "Fiestas of Our Little Italies"

Under this title I offer the first of a series of lectures on the Prowler's New York - the By-ways of...

Francis McCarthy, Marshal, 5th Brigade [of the military parade for the New York Columbian Celebration.]

Francis McCarthy, Marshal, 5th Brigade [of the military parade for the New York Columbian Celebration.]

Barclay and Broadway. October 12, 1892

Collegium S. Bonaventurae

Collegium S. Bonaventurae

Estote autem factores verbi. Bonus miles Christi Jesu.

Ottignon's Gymnasium. Sixth Semi-Annual Exhibition

Ottignon's Gymnasium. Sixth Semi-Annual Exhibition

159-161 Crosby Street. Music by Dodworth's Band. April 25, 1854

Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York 142nd Annual Banquet

Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York 142nd Annual Banquet

November 17, 1910.

Lucky Lindbergh Coin

Lucky Lindbergh Coin

The Spirit of St. Louis. Capt. Charles A. Lindbergh. First non-stop flight from New York to Paris, May...

[Certificate of membership to the New York Marine Society issued to Richard Varick on March 22.]

[Certificate of membership to the New York Marine Society issued to Richard Varick on March 22.]

J. L. Winn Inv. et Delin. Morrison Sculp. Moorfields London.

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