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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.
For President - Theodore Roosevelt - Ultrecht Republican Club

For President - Theodore Roosevelt - Ultrecht Republican Club


Celebration in New York

Celebration in New York

April 29 - May 1, 1889

Le Boutillier Brothers

Le Boutillier Brothers

West 23rd Street, New York. Established 1840.

Centennial Celebration of the Evacuation of New York

Centennial Celebration of the Evacuation of New York

John Van Arsdale removed the British flag and nailed the emblem of freedom in its place. George Washington...

Ball in Honor of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales

Ball in Honor of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales

October 12, 1860Spear Print.

Seventh Annual Ball of Washington Association

Seventh Annual Ball of Washington Association

For the benefit of the Widows and Orphans' Fund of Washington Chapter, No. 2, O.U.A., February 22, 1853....

De Young's Photograph Coupon

De Young's Photograph Coupon


City College of New York - 100 Years 1897-1997

City College of New York - 100 Years 1897-1997


LIRR M Tours

LIRR M Tours

On rim: Emress Specialty Co., N.Y., N.Y.

The Commercial Tercentenary of New York 1614-1914

The Commercial Tercentenary of New York 1614-1914


A Monument to American Genius

A Monument to American Genius

Finis coronat opus. A souvenir to commemorate the opening of the Brooklyn and New York Bridge. May 24,...

The Sulgrave Institution

The Sulgrave Institution


Third Avenue Railroad

Third Avenue Railroad

Complimentary ticket from January 1, 1854 to January 1, 1855.

[Table card for George C. Lay.]

[Table card for George C. Lay.]

May 26, 1899

Fourth Annual Re-Union Associate Alumni of the Male Department of Grammar School No. 14, New York City

Fourth Annual Re-Union Associate Alumni of the Male Department of Grammar School No. 14, New York City

Union Square Hotel, January 29, 1874.

[Invitation to be a guest of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission.]

[Invitation to be a guest of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission.]

Colonel Hugh Lanman Scott, United States Navy, Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at...

Army Air Forces I Fighter Command Aircraft Warning Service

Army Air Forces I Fighter Command Aircraft Warning Service

Certificate of honorable service and membership to the Army Air Forces Aircraft Warning Service Reserve...

Williamsburgh Wheelmen

Williamsburgh Wheelmen

273 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, New York. All runs leave club house promptly at time stated. April 4 -...

Mr. Whale's Practising Ball for the Season 1813

Mr. Whale's Practising Ball for the Season 1813

Ladies ticket, for Mrs. Ludlow and party.

Repeal 18th Amendment

Repeal 18th Amendment


The Pierce Well Excavator

The Pierce Well Excavator

29 Rose Street, New York City.

The President and Officers of the New York State Society of the Cincinnati request the honor of the company of the Reverend W. H. Owen, D.D. and Lady

The President and Officers of the New York State Society of the Cincinnati request the honor of the company of the Reverend W. H. Owen, D.D. and Lady

At the service in celebration of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the inauguration of George...

The New-York Historical Society 1804-1904 ; John Pintard, Founder and Egbert Benson, First President

The New-York Historical Society 1804-1904 ; John Pintard, Founder and Egbert Benson, First President

It is delightful to recall the past.

C. L. Schember

C. L. Schember

Newspaper printer. 96 Nassau Street, New York. | Farmer, Livermore & Co., Providence, R.I.

Dinner Given to the Earl of Dunraven by James D. Smith

Dinner Given to the Earl of Dunraven by James D. Smith

October 2, 1893

[Certificate of membership to the American Bible Society issued to Miss Jennet L. Maitland on April 21.]

[Certificate of membership to the American Bible Society issued to Miss Jennet L. Maitland on April 21.]

Artist attributed.

[Special meeting of the Governing Committee of the Union Club held on August 3 concerning the death of Clarence A. Seward.]

[Special meeting of the Governing Committee of the Union Club held on August 3 concerning the death of Clarence A. Seward.]

Letter dated August 4, 1897.

Mineralized Rubber Co.

Mineralized Rubber Co.

22 Platt Street and 15 Gold Street, New York.

Alex'r T. Stewart & Co.

Alex'r T. Stewart & Co.

Importers and jobbers of staple & fancy dry goods, 257 Broadway, New York.

[License to teach in the Common Schools of the City and County of New York.]

[License to teach in the Common Schools of the City and County of New York.]

Issued to Henry Kiddle by County Superintendent D. Meredith Reese on May 2, 1845.

Comptroller Matthew T. Brennan's Communication to the Honorable Board of Supervisors

Comptroller Matthew T. Brennan's Communication to the Honorable Board of Supervisors

This manuscript is a complete copy of a communication from Comptroller Brennan to the Honorable the Board...

Inauguration of the recently elected Professors of Columbia College

Inauguration of the recently elected Professors of Columbia College

February 3, 4, 9 and 11, 1858 at Mozart Hall, Broadway.

The Banquet in Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Tschirky

The Banquet in Honor of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Tschirky

A tribute to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Tschirky on their fiftieth wedding anniversary. October 7, 1937

The Seventh Annual Dinner and Triennial Reunion of the Class of Ninety-two Columbia College

The Seventh Annual Dinner and Triennial Reunion of the Class of Ninety-two Columbia College

May 24, 1895 at the Arena.A.E. Chasmar & Co., Makers, Union Square, New York.

Dinner to Josef Hofmann by The Bohemians, New York Musicians Club

Dinner to Josef Hofmann by The Bohemians, New York Musicians Club

Table card for Leonard H. Bogart. January 10, 1915

American Defense Society

American Defense Society

This certifies that John J. Pierrepont is a member of the American Defense Society. Issued September...

Service for April 30, A.D., 1889, being the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Inauguration of George Washington, April 30, 1789.

Service for April 30, A.D., 1889, being the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Inauguration of George Washington, April 30, 1789.


New York Law School Elsberg Medal

New York Law School Elsberg Medal

For proficiency in the law of contracts. In memory of Albert Marion Elsberg, class of 1910.

[Reception in honor of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on board H.M.S. "Renown".]

[Reception in honor of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on board H.M.S. "Renown".]

November 22, 1919. Invitation extended to Miss May T. Moulton.

A Tribute to the Engineers of the Board of Water Supply of the City of New York

A Tribute to the Engineers of the Board of Water Supply of the City of New York

Spoken by George B. McClellan on the occasion of a testimonial dinner to J. Waldo Smith and Thaddeus...

The Freeze Walkathon

The Freeze Walkathon

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

[Testimonial to punctual attendance, correct deportment and diligent attention to study.]

[Testimonial to punctual attendance, correct deportment and diligent attention to study.]

Awarded to Alice Sowdon by Grammar School No. 57 in September 1876.

Benedict Bro's. New York

Benedict Bro's. New York

Strong & Brinsley, Engravers, New York.

New Hotel Keller

New Hotel Keller

385 West Street.

The Management of the Hotel Commodore notifies its guests that the prohibition laws must be strictly observed.

The Management of the Hotel Commodore notifies its guests that the prohibition laws must be strictly observed.


Service Men's and Officers Recreation Pocket Guide

Service Men's and Officers Recreation Pocket Guide


Mayfair Yacht Club

Mayfair Yacht Club

On the East River, 450 1/2 East 52nd Street, New York.

The Hunt Club

The Hunt Club

112 1/2 West 45th Street, New York. I. Foster Stern, regular member, 1933.

Café Continental

Café Continental

10 East 52nd Street, N.Y.C.

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

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

July 23, 1850

Concert Given by the "Quatuor du Flonzaley" for the Benefit of the Children's Charitable Union Free Kindergarten (339 East 4th Street)

Concert Given by the "Quatuor du Flonzaley" for the Benefit of the Children's Charitable Union Free Kindergarten (339 East 4th Street)

At Sherry's, Monday, February 6, 1905, 3:45 o'clock.

Centre Market Accommodation

Centre Market Accommodation

14th ward, New York.

City of New York George Washington Bicentennial Commission Inaugural Day Ceremonies and Dedicatory Ceremonies

City of New York George Washington Bicentennial Commission Inaugural Day Ceremonies and Dedicatory Ceremonies

Federal Hall, Bicentennial Forum, 42nd Street & Sixth Avenue, April 20, 1932. Mount Vernon, Prospect...

Ball to the Prince of Wales

Ball to the Prince of Wales

October 12, 1860. For Miss Emma L. Franklin.

[Florence Stranahan Culyer's fourth birthday.]

[Florence Stranahan Culyer's fourth birthday.]

February 12, 1881

Stamped Ware Manufacturers Assn. of the United States December Meeting

Stamped Ware Manufacturers Assn. of the United States December Meeting

December 15, 1881

Friedrich V. Schiller

Friedrich V. Schiller

Zur 100 Jahrigen Feier von Schillers Geburstag, New York am 10 November 1859. A. Kerwien F.

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