Author Archives: Andy McCarthy

Andy McCarthy

About Andy McCarthy

Reference Librarian, Brooklyn Historical Society, Othmer Library.

Photo of the Week: Paul Leicester Ford (1865-1902)

Paul Leicester Ford was a journalist, writer, and noted bibliographer of Revolutionary War America, whose works included a seminal collection of Thomas Jefferson’s papers, and a Check-list of American Magazines Printed in the 18th Century (1889).  The Brooklyn Historical Society … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Marianne Moore

On November 28, 1967, a book release party for Brooklyn writer Clay Lancaster was thrown at Gage and Tollner, the hallowed and hoary “oyster and chop house” at 372 Fulton Street.  Brooklyn poetess Marianne Moore wrote the introduction for Lancaster’s … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Memorial Day

“It was my fortune,” begins the memoir of Lewis P. Clover, the former New York seaman holding the flagstaff in the above group portrait, “to be taken prisoner in India during the War of 1812.”  The portrait shows Clover reunited in … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Red Hook Library

The Red Hook branch of the Brooklyn Public Library was built in 1915 and designed in the “Mediterranean Revival Style,” which in the early 20th century commonly characterized architecture in the sun-bathed cities of Miami and Los Angeles.  In 1915, … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Vamping Horns

The library reference desk often answers questions about Brooklyn firefighting history.  Last year, a researcher was interested in 1850s badge rolls for the old Eastern District, which was comprised of the consolidated areas of Williamsburgh and Bushwick. Firefighting was a … Continue reading

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