Tag Archives: Brooklyn

On Vaccinations and the Small Pox epidemic of 1894

This is the latest in a series of posts on the records of Brooklyn’s Corporation Counsel, which are currently being processed with funding provided by a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) “Hidden Collections” grant. The U. S. Supreme … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Shaved Ice and Summer in the City

For some people, the Fourth of July indicates the beginning of summer. For me, nothing announces the beginning of a long, sweaty summer in the city as clearly as the sudden appearance on every street corner of ice cream trucks … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: July Fourth

Apparently, most people are too busy on July 4th to bother with photographs. In the Brooklyn Historical Society collections, there are only four photographs from this date: two photographs of an afternoon spent in a field in 1893 by the … Continue reading

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June Staff Pick from the BHS Gift Shop – Rats by Robert Sullivan

Introducing Brooklyn Historical Society STAFF PICKS, a new way to explore our awesome gift shop! Our gift shop has been open for a little over a year, featuring many items crafted right here in Brooklyn, as well as an array … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Roller Skating

   Roller skating has experienced waves of popularity in New York City from its beginnings in the 1860s through the present day. In 1863, James Plimpton patented a new roller skate design that allowed for a smoother motion while skating, … Continue reading

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