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Ephemera


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.
The Old Place

The Old Place

139 West 10th Street, New York City.

Merry-Go-Round

Merry-Go-Round

146-148 East 56th Street.

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

36 West 56th Street, New York City. Membership card for Mrs. Arthur Leer.

Madison Square Business and Professional Men's Club

Madison Square Business and Professional Men's Club

29 East 28th Street, New York.

New Stork Club

New Stork Club

51 1/2 East 51st Street.

Repeal 18th Amendment

Repeal 18th Amendment


The Freeze Walkathon

The Freeze Walkathon

Because Nobody Wants a Nuclear War June 12, 1983. | On rim: Donnelly/Colt Buttons, PO Box 188 Station...

I'm a Freeze Voter '84

I'm a Freeze Voter '84

On rim: Freeze Voter '84 2000 K St, NW, Washington DC 20006. MFG. Donnelly/Colt Buttons, New Vernon,...

Liberty Not War - Keep Our Harbors Nuclear - Free

Liberty Not War - Keep Our Harbors Nuclear - Free

July 4, 1986. On rim: ©1986. One Light Works. Donnelly/Colt Buttons, PO Box 188 Station Rd. Hampton,...

Sane Nuclear Freeze - West Side Action

Sane Nuclear Freeze - West Side Action

metal | celluloid

Vote Yes on #6 - To Keep NYC Free of Nuclear Weapons

Vote Yes on #6 - To Keep NYC Free of Nuclear Weapons

On rim: [...] [...] 105 [?] W .4th St. NYC 10012. 212-645-5999. Donnelly/Colt Buttons, PO Box 188 Station...

Don't Close Our Zoo!

Don't Close Our Zoo!

On rim: New York Zoological Society.

67 Senior - High School of Music and Art

67 Senior - High School of Music and Art


All Power to the People

All Power to the People

metal | celluloid

Art Workers Coalition - Free Museums

Art Workers Coalition - Free Museums


Enough

Enough

On rim: Horn Co. Phila, PA. [...] April 21st, 1971. Wash. D.C. NPAC 1020 Vermont Ave N.W., Wash. D. C....

[Button with a rainbow.]

[Button with a rainbow.]

Attached to verso: 3rd World or Pan-African Button ca. 1970.

Earth Day - April 22

Earth Day - April 22


General La Fayette. Welcome to the Land of Liberty

General La Fayette. Welcome to the Land of Liberty


Lafarge House

Lafarge House

Henry Wheeler, Proprietor. Menu for February 1.

Dinner on Monday, April 22d. 1861

Dinner on Monday, April 22d. 1861


Dinner in honor of Rear Admiral William T. Sampson United States Navy, given by the Colonial Club of New York

Dinner in honor of Rear Admiral William T. Sampson United States Navy, given by the Colonial Club of New York

January 7, 1899.

Reception to Hon. Richard Croker

Reception to Hon. Richard Croker

April 16, 1898. Democratic Club

Reception at the Equitable Building on the Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States.

Reception at the Equitable Building on the Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States.

Held in the Lawyers' Club, April 29th, 1889, at 2 P.M.

Loan Exhibition of Historical Portraits and Relics Commemorative of the of the Centennial of the Inaguration of the George Washington as President of the UNited States.

Loan Exhibition of Historical Portraits and Relics Commemorative of the of the Centennial of the Inaguration of the George Washington as President of the UNited States.

April 17 - May 8, 1889. Admit Hon. Joseph Blumenthal.

Literary Exercises in Commemoration of the Inauguration of George Washington as the First President of the United States

Literary Exercises in Commemoration of the Inauguration of George Washington as the First President of the United States

April 30, 1889

Literary Exercises in Commemoration of the Inauguration of George Washington as the First President of the United States

Literary Exercises in Commemoration of the Inauguration of George Washington as the First President of the United States

This ticket entitles Mr. Hon. Joseph Blumenthal to a place on the platform at the Sub Treasury Building....

Celebration in New York

Celebration in New York

April 29 - May 1, 1889

Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States. Divine Service at St. Paul's Chapel

Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States. Divine Service at St. Paul's Chapel

April 30, 1889

Formal Opening of the Loan Exhibition of Historical Portraits and Relics

Formal Opening of the Loan Exhibition of Historical Portraits and Relics

April 17, 1889. Admit Hon. Joseph Blumenthal.

Formal Opening of the Loan Exhibition of Historical Portraits and Relics

Formal Opening of the Loan Exhibition of Historical Portraits and Relics

April 17, 1889

Banquet given in honor of the Centennial of the Inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States.

Banquet given in honor of the Centennial of the Inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States.

April 30, 1889

[Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington.]

[Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington.]

April 30, 1889

Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington Ball

Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington Ball

April 29, 1889

Banquet given in honor of the Centennial of the Inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States.

Banquet given in honor of the Centennial of the Inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States.

April 30, 1889

Reception at the Lawyers' Club

Reception at the Lawyers' Club

April 29, 1889. To Hon. Joseph Blumenthal.

Celebration of the Anniversary of the Birth of Washington

Celebration of the Anniversary of the Birth of Washington

At the Orange Hotel on February 22, 1848. Invitation for Miss C. Havemeyer.

Funeral Ceremonies in honor of the late Gen. Zachary Taylor.

Funeral Ceremonies in honor of the late Gen. Zachary Taylor.

July 23, 1850

Arrangements in honor of the memory of James Monroe

Arrangements in honor of the memory of James Monroe

On the occasion of the removal of his remains from New York to Virginia, July 2, 1858.

Funeral Ceremonies in honor of the late Hon. Henry Clay

Funeral Ceremonies in honor of the late Hon. Henry Clay

July 20, 1852

Le Boutillier Brothers

Le Boutillier Brothers

West 23rd Street, New York. Established 1840.

Harper's New Monthly Magazine

Harper's New Monthly Magazine

Summer of 1893.

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.

Dedication Ceremonies of the Lafayette Memorial

Dedication Ceremonies of the Lafayette Memorial

May 10, 1917

Dinner to the Honorable Morgan J. O'Brien

Dinner to the Honorable Morgan J. O'Brien

Tendered by his friends. April 18, 1928

Dinner in Honor of the Italian Royal Commission to the United States of America

Dinner in Honor of the Italian Royal Commission to the United States of America

Given by the Mayor of the City of New York. June 22, 1917

Dinner in Honor of the Imperial Japanese Commission to the United States of America

Dinner in Honor of the Imperial Japanese Commission to the United States of America

Given by the Mayor of the City of New York. September 29, 1917

Twenty-Sixth Annual Banquet of the Montauk Club of Brooklyn and Celebration of the Eighty-Third Birthday of the Honorable Chauncey M. Depew

Twenty-Sixth Annual Banquet of the Montauk Club of Brooklyn and Celebration of the Eighty-Third Birthday of the Honorable Chauncey M. Depew

April 28, 1917.

Fifth Avenue Skating Pond

Fifth Avenue Skating Pond

Admit Miss Isabel Place.

Thirty-Eighth Annual Exhibition. National Academy of Design

Thirty-Eighth Annual Exhibition. National Academy of Design

Galleries, 625 Broadway. Admit Miss Isabel Place.

This Is a Private Telephone.

This Is a Private Telephone.


The City of New York requests the honor of your presence at its Celebration of the Four Hundredth Anniversary of the Discovery of America

The City of New York requests the honor of your presence at its Celebration of the Four Hundredth Anniversary of the Discovery of America

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, October 10, 11, 12 & 13, 1892. | To Hon. Cornelius Van Cott.

The City of Brooklyn requests the honour of your presence at its Celebration of the Four Hundredth Anniversary of the Discovery of America

The City of Brooklyn requests the honour of your presence at its Celebration of the Four Hundredth Anniversary of the Discovery of America

And to attend the dedication ceremonies of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, at the Plaza, Prospect...

New York Columbian Celebration Banquet to commemorate the Four Hundredth Anniversary of the Discovery of America

New York Columbian Celebration Banquet to commemorate the Four Hundredth Anniversary of the Discovery of America

Thursday, October 13, 1892, Lenox Lyceum.

Literary Exercises in Commemoration of the Inauguration of George Washington as the First President of the United States

Literary Exercises in Commemoration of the Inauguration of George Washington as the First President of the United States

This ticket entitles Mr. John C. Dalton to a place on the platform at the Sub Treasury Building. April...

Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington Ball

Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington Ball

April 29, 1889

Centennial of Washington's Inauguration as First President, and Celebration

Centennial of Washington's Inauguration as First President, and Celebration

May 1, 1889 | John M. Davis, typographer, 40 Fulton Street.

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