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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.
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


Frank P. Basset, Wholesale Dealer in Produce

Frank P. Basset, Wholesale Dealer in Produce

No. 22 Old Slip, New York.

About the Music

About the Music

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

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...

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

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.

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,...

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

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.

[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.

[Coaching Club dinner.]

[Coaching Club dinner.]

May 22, 1886.

Testimonial Dinner to the Right Reverend William T. Manning, D.D. Bishop of New York

Testimonial Dinner to the Right Reverend William T. Manning, D.D. Bishop of New York

Given by the Citizens Committee. May 21, 1941

Opening of the Fourth Avenue - Sea Beach Subway

Opening of the Fourth Avenue - Sea Beach Subway

Admit Mr. Charles R. Bott to special train, Chambers Street station, Municipal Building. June 19, 1915...

State of New York Military Census and Inventory of 1917

State of New York Military Census and Inventory of 1917

This certifies that Charles Richard Bott of 4526 18th Avenue has been enrolled in the Census and Inventory...

Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States. Reception at the Lawyers' Club

Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States. Reception at the Lawyers' Club

Admit Mr. Charles W. Ogden. April 29, 1889.

Philander Reed, Commission Merchant, Foreign and Domestic Produce

Philander Reed, Commission Merchant, Foreign and Domestic Produce

Office, 22 Old Slip, New York.

Murray Hill Hotel N.Y.

Murray Hill Hotel N.Y.

Friday, December 2, 1887.

Dulce Maria

Dulce Maria

Cigar box label.

Enough

Enough

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

A Few Reasons Why Women Should Work For a Change in the National Prohibition Laws

A Few Reasons Why Women Should Work For a Change in the National Prohibition Laws

Issued by the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform, 485 Madison Avenue, New York City....

City Patrol Corps

City Patrol Corps

This is to certify that Major Edgar Bromberger has been appointed Special Patrolman.

Sal Albanese Democrat for Mayor

Sal Albanese Democrat for Mayor


New Directions - Stop OPTO - TWU 100

New Directions - Stop OPTO - TWU 100


Teamwork - T.W.U. Local 100 - for a Fair and Just Contract

Teamwork - T.W.U. Local 100 - for a Fair and Just Contract

C. N. Lee.

The Simplon Club, Inc.

The Simplon Club, Inc.

Guest's visiting card. January 1, 1932. The Board of Governors of The Simplon Club, Inc. extend to Mr....

Ritz Cordial Shoppe

Ritz Cordial Shoppe

Imported and domestic cordials. 638 Lexington Avenue, New York City.

Côte D'Or

Côte D'Or

41 East 50th Street, New York City.

"The Rendezvous"

"The Rendezvous"

65 Pineapple Street.

The Wing Club

The Wing Club

8 West 52nd Street, New York City.

Ceremony of Breaking Ground for the Elevated Express Highway

Ceremony of Breaking Ground for the Elevated Express Highway

May 24, 1929

Lafarge House

Lafarge House

Henry Wheeler, Proprietor. Menu for February 1.

New York City Transit Authority

New York City Transit Authority

Good for one fare.

AIDS Walk New York

AIDS Walk New York

May 18, 1997

Astor House. Gentlemen's Ordinary

Astor House. Gentlemen's Ordinary

Menu for November 23.

Gala Ball in honor of Their Royal Highnesses Infanta Doña Eulalia and Infante Don Antonio

Gala Ball in honor of Their Royal Highnesses Infanta Doña Eulalia and Infante Don Antonio

By the Círculo Colón-Cervantes, at Madison Square Concert Hall, May 26, 1893.

International Reception and Ball

International Reception and Ball

September 30, 1909

Admit the Bearer [A. Leo and two] to subway passenger stations of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company

Admit the Bearer [A. Leo and two] to subway passenger stations of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company

At 96th Street, 72nd Street, 42nd Street, 14th Street, Brooklyn Bridge, City Hall to inspect and ride...

[Union League Club letter to members concerning efforts to increase membership.]

[Union League Club letter to members concerning efforts to increase membership.]

Letter dated November 2, 1942.

Molly Picon "Jankele" [Molly Picon in the title role of "Yankele".]

Molly Picon "Jankele" [Molly Picon in the title role of "Yankele".]

Photograph by Blitz, Lodz, Poland.

Play Streets for Children - Evening World

Play Streets for Children - Evening World


Campaign Button

Campaign Button

Blue with white lettering, "Carolyn Maloney City Council"

Miss Sarah M. Bond, by a contribution of Fifty Dollars, by Stephen Storm, Esq. is a Directress for Life of the New York City Tract Society

Miss Sarah M. Bond, by a contribution of Fifty Dollars, by Stephen Storm, Esq. is a Directress for Life of the New York City Tract Society

Issued August 1858.

Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York 139th Annual Banquet

Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York 139th Annual Banquet

November 21, 1907.

[Notification to J. Augustus Barnard of his election to the University Club.]

[Notification to J. Augustus Barnard of his election to the University Club.]

December 3, 1896

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