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For a million dollars would you hike up to the highest point of the Brooklyn Bridge with little or no safety measures? Oh, no? What if we told you that in 1879, workers performed that very task and made just $1.60 a day. Cablers, caisson divers, and riggers, to name a few types of workers, all put their lives in danger everyday for the sake of their job and the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge. #brooklynbridge #brooklynwaterfront #brooklynhistory #BHSarchives bhs_1973.5.227_r

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BHS holds a number of #cookbooks in its library and archives. This quirky titled volume comes from the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Services records and appears to be appealing to the growing number of Eastern and Southern Europeans who migrated here in the post-war years. #bhsarchives @brooklynhistory

Who wants to get lost in the stacks this weekend? #libraries #booknerd #bhsarchives
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When the 1967 convention was held in Los Angeles, barbershopper and world famous animator Bill Hanna headed up the scrapbook committee. Full of original drawings, press clippings, and convention mementos, this one is a treasure! #bhsHQ #BHSarchives

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One of the many perks of my job: this is a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by #abrahamlincoln #bhsarchives @brooklynhistory

"Do not... run, jump, or trot." We promise we won't, Mr. Roebling, but not everyone quite respected your wishes...
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Henry Supple, Brooklyn Bridge worker, was known among his friends and fellow laborers as a daredevil. According to an 1879 Brooklyn Daily Eagle article, Henry offered to cross the East River by way of the bridge cable, without any rope or safety support, using solely his arm muscles, for $100. No one took him up on that offer, thankfully 😅. #tightropewalker #daredevil #brooklynbridge #BHSarchives
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V1975.5.278; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Who else took some time to read his weekend? #Repost @rijardbergeron #BHSarchives #libraries #interiorlandmark

BHS Reference Librarian Joanna Lamaida and Exhibition Coordinator & Registrar Anna Schwartz are giving the inside scoop about BHS's collections mysteries to a full crowd at tonight's Tales from the Vault! #TFTV #bhsarchives

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The #BHSarchives are booming today. #genealogy #researchers

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So an archaeology professor-turned-globe-trotting-adventurer wearing a #fedora has just told you that a priceless treasure #BelongsInAMuseum. 🤠What next? To collection storage, of course! .
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Brooklyn Historical Society’s collections include #books, #photographs, archival materials, #maps, #OralHistories, #FineArt, and #artifacts. Many of these materials are stored on-site, however, because of the size and needs of such a large and diverse collection, BHS has two additional off-site storage locations. In order to responsibly care for collections, the materials have to be stored in climate controlled environments that monitor temperature and humidity. That’s why if you make a research appointment at the library, we ask that you give us 24-48 hours to pull archival collections. . .

With that in mind, the #PhotoOfTheWeek is a peek into some of the Other Library’s collection storage from around 1980. How we store items on site has changed quite a bit since this photograph was taken, but our dedication to #collecting and #preserving #BrooklynHistory remains the same! . .

#POTW #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #BHSArchives #NoFilter #ItBelongsInAMuseum #library #collectionstorage #archives #HandleWithCare #IndianaJones
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Collection Storage, Long Island Historical Society], circa 1980, v1974.031.60; Long Island Historical Society photographs, v1974.031; Brooklyn Historical Society.

The first Carnegie Library built in Brooklyn, the Pacific Branch (25 Fourth Avenue) opened its doors on October 8, 1904. It was designed by Raymond Almirall, who also created the Park Slope and Eastern Parkway Branches. The library suffered structural damage from subway construction and multiple fires, leading to its near closure in 1973. Following a preservation campaign the renovated branch reopened in 1975. Once again the beautiful Beaux-Arts building was threatened in 2013 when the Brooklyn Public Library considered selling it to help fund the larger repair and maintenance work of the BPL branches. The library reconsidered given the community outcry and the building was given a reprieve. ⠀
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📸: John D. Morrell⠀
May 30, 1958⠀
via @brooklynhistory
#urbanarchive #nychistory #parkslope #brooklyn #carnegielibrary #pacificbranch #BPL #beauxarts #library #bhsarchives
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Who wants to get lost in the stacks this weekend? #libraries #booknerd #bhsarchives
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What's your favorite local shop? Is it a specialty retail store?🎩 Or is it your trusty neighborhood #deli? 🥙 .
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#Storefronts and #businesses are fantastic artifacts of a #community's #history! This #PhotoOfTheWeek comes from the James and Karla Murray Counter Culture exhibition photographs collection documenting storefronts, past and present, from all around #Brooklyn. While the Vasquez Grocery on #KnickerbockerAve closed in 2016, it lives on in memory and the #BHSArchives. Celebrate #bodegas and other storefront staples! .
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#POTW #Tbt #ThrowbackThursday #NoFilter #Bushwick #GoneButNotForgotten #localbusiness #smallbusiness .
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Vasquez Grocery, 2004, 2009.004.3; James and Karla Murray Counter Culture exhibition photographs, 2009.004; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Before they ruled the #internet, #cats ruled #Brooklyn! 😺🐱🐈
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Happy #InternationalCatDay from these classic cats of Brooklyn #history! Swipe ⬅️➡️ to see some more vintage felines roaming throughout Brooklyn, and don't forget to be nice to the #BodegaCat! .
#NoFilter #BHSArchives #VintagePhotos #OldBrooklyn #OldPhotos
#catsofinstagram #cats_of_instagram #catsofinsta #cat #kitter #bodegacatsofinstagram @cats_of_instagram @bodegacatsofinstagram

There has been a lot of conversation recently about New York City losing its independent and mom and pop stores and restaurants. The Morrell collection from the Brooklyn Historical Society (@brooklynhistory) is an AMAZING resource for seeing the vibrant and diverse storefronts that lined the commercial streets of Brooklyn in the 1950s and 1960s. We are also partial to these photographs, which show off the great signage that advertised these shops! .
Here are a few of our favorites, but check out many, many more in the new collection published on the UA app called 'Great Store F(r)onts.'
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📸: John D. Morrell
1961/1959/1961
#1: 1111 Kings Highway/ #2: 515 Fulton Street/ #3: 1413 Kings Highway
via @brooklynhistory
#urbanarchive #nychistory #brooklyn #brooklynstorefronts #signage #fonts #midcentury #bhsarchives #momandpopshops #savenyc
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What do you think our building on #PierrepontStreet used to be? ❓🤔 Was it a #church ⛪️? A #mansion🏰? A shadowy secret society’s meeting hall 🤷🏽‍♂️?
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Trick question! Our building in #BrooklynHeights has *always* been #BHSPierrepont! Designed by George Brown Post, the building you see today was constructed in 1881 after Post’s design won a contest to become the new building for what was then called the Long Island Historical Society. This photo of the week shows our building as the LI Historical Society in the 60s. We've changed our name since then, but still strive to tell #Brooklyn's fascinating stories. You can see some of the other designs, and get up and close and personal with the plans for our building, on our online archives!
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#POTW #PhotoOfTheWeek #tbt #ThrowbackThursday #TrickQuestion #Original #BHSArchives #NoFilter #SomeThingsNeverChange #BrooklynHistory #LongIslandHistory #QueenAnne #QueenAnneStyle
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[Long Island Historical Society, Pierrepont Street and Clinton Street], 1961, V1974.031.30; Long Island Historical Society photographs, v1974.031; Brooklyn Historical Society.

This #PhotoOfTheWeek gives you a glimpse of our 19th century photo collection! 📷📸🎞
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This photo comes from about 1895, and shows just how delicate #VintagePhotos can be: check out the flaking on the left side. 🔍
Our library works hard to preserve and digitize images like this one. Interested in seeing more of the 1800s through the lenses of #Brooklyn #photographers? Check out our library and the #BHSArchives online! .
#NoFilter #OldBrooklyn #OldPhotos #POTW #tbt #ThrowbackThursday #HandleWithCare .
[Women and little girl in garden], circa 1900, v1985.4.38; William Koch glass plate negatives, v1985.4; Brooklyn Historical Society.

"Do not... run, jump, or trot." We promise we won't, Mr. Roebling, but not everyone quite respected your wishes...
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Henry Supple, Brooklyn Bridge worker, was known among his friends and fellow laborers as a daredevil. According to an 1879 Brooklyn Daily Eagle article, Henry offered to cross the East River by way of the bridge cable, without any rope or safety support, using solely his arm muscles, for $100. No one took him up on that offer, thankfully 😅. #tightropewalker #daredevil #brooklynbridge #BHSarchives
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V1975.5.278; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Look closely... can you tell what all those white rectangles are in @prospect_park? .
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They are tennis nets! Park visitors used to be able to play tennis on the Long Meadow, like the two ladies in their tennis 🎾 whites in the foreground! #BHSarchives #
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[Tennis on the Long Meadow], circa 1915, v1973.5.3422; Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection, ARC.202; Brooklyn Historical Society.

#IndependenceDay may have come and gone, but there's always room for more #fireworks! 🎆🎇🇺🇸 We hope you had a festive and relaxing holiday weekend! Watching the annual fireworks is such a treasured #FourthofJuly tradition, we figured that we would share another round of historical fireworks! This photo of the week depicts a stunning fireworks display at #ConeyIsland in 1965.

This photograph comes from the Otto Dreschmeyer Brooklyn slides collection comprised of 157 color slides taken by Dreschmeyer in Brooklyn from 1965 to 1968. Dreschmeyer was a lifelong resident of the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens. Some highlights of the collection include the annual Brooklyn Memorial Day parade and beach scenes from Sheepshead Bay and Coney Island. To see more photographs from this collection, check out our online galleries!
#BHSArchives #NoFilter #PhotoOfTheWeek #POTW #tbt #ThrowbackThursday #Freedom #independence
Sunset, Coney Island, 1965, V1988.13.112; Otto Dreschmeyer Brooklyn slides, v1988.12; Brooklyn Historical Society

Independence Day is next Tuesday, so gear up for some patriotism 🇺🇸 with this lovely drawing of NYC’s most famous resident: Lady Liberty! 🗽
This image of the Statue of Liberty was found in one of the scrapbooks compiled by Eugene Armbruster, an early 20th century NYC photographer and historian. The library is working to digitize Armbruster’s fascinating scrapbooks and make them available to you online! See over 1000 scrapbook pages, like this one on the BHS online image gallery.
#BHSArchives #Armbruster #OldBrooklyn #BrooklynHistory #AmericanHistory #Scrapbook #Scrapbooking #LadyLiberty #StatueOfLiberty #GiveMeYourTired #YearningToBreatheFree #TheGoldenDoor #LibertyIsland #FourthOfJuly #IndependenceDay #Freedom #WeWillNotGoQuietlyIntoTheNight
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Happy Friday! Happy first weekend of summer! Maybe you plan on taking a walk along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Here is a 1958 view from the Promenade of Pier 2 and Lower Manhattan beyond. We think this would make a great photo recreation! Get 🤳🤳🤳 and don't forget to tag @urbanarchiveny
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📸: John D. Morrell
December 10, 1958
via @brooklynhistory
#urbanarchive #nychistory #brooklynheight #eastriver #pier2 #lowermanhattan #financialdistrict #promenade #municipalbuilding #bhsarchives Join the Urban Archive beta 📱 [link in bio]

Explore a landmark of #Brooklyn’s #LGBTQ History with this #PhotoOftheWeek! 🌈🌈🌈
Every June, @nycpride hosts a month-long celebration commemorating and celebrating the LGBTQ community. The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project (@nyclgbtsites) maps out historic sites associated with the LGBT community in all five boroughs, including Brooklyn. This photo shows one such site!
Welcome to 70 Willow Street in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, pictured here in 1922. This home was purchased in 1953 by Tony Award-nominated theater designer Oliver Smith, whose work included original set designs for West Side Story and Hello Dolly! He was part of a large group of prominent gay writers, artists, and intellectuals, many of whom lived in the Heights at mid-century. One of those writers was Truman Capote, who rented Smith’s garden apartment from 1955 to 1965.
This photograph comes from the Eugene L. Armbruster photographs and scrapbooks collection comprised of photographs and scrapbooks documenting Brooklyn during the late 19th century and early 20th century in Brooklyn. See more from this and many other collections in our online archives!
#BHSArchives #NoFilter #POTW #tbt #ThrowbackThursday #OldBrooklyn #VintagePhotos #NYCPride #BrooklynPride #PrideMonth #BrooklynHeights #WillowStreets #Broadway #Capote #OliverSmith #WestSideStory #Bernstein #Sondheim #HelloDolly [70 Willow Street], 1922, V1974.32.99; Eugene L. Armbruster photographs and scrapbooks, ARC.308; Brooklyn Historical Society.

#Summer is here! 🌞🌊🏖😎 To celebrate the season and official first day of summer, bask in the scenery of this late-19th century drawing of sunbathers enjoying the beach at Bensonhurst-by-the-Sea. By the mid-20th century, the beach depicted here was paved over and Bensonhurst-by-the-Sea became the present-day neighborhoods of Bensonhurst and Bath Beach. Since then Brooklynites have found new ways to have summer fun. What are your favorite summer activities?
This image was found in one of the scrapbooks compiled by Eugene Armbruster, an early 20th century NYC photographer and historian. The library is working to digitize Armbruster’s fascinating scrapbooks and make them available to you online! See nearly 1000 scrapbook pages, like this one on the BHS online image gallery.
#BHSArchives #Armbruster
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#BeachSeason #Bensonhurst #BathBeach #FunInTheSun #Sunbather #DontForgetToBringATowel #Scrapbook #Scrapbooking #WePavedParadise
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For a million dollars would you hike up to the highest point of the Brooklyn Bridge with little or no safety measures? Oh, no? What if we told you that in 1879, workers performed that very task and made just $1.60 a day. Cablers, caisson divers, and riggers, to name a few types of workers, all put their lives in danger everyday for the sake of their job and the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge. #brooklynbridge #brooklynwaterfront #brooklynhistory #BHSarchives bhs_1973.5.227_r

Learn how to ride in style with some vintage #Brooklyn bicycle swagger!
The photo of the week features a young Brooklynite named Eddie Tepper posing with a penny-farthing bicycle in 1886. In addition to being undoubtedly eye-catching, penny-farthings were faster and lighter than previous bicycles. This flashiness came at a cost though, as they were also very dangerous. The wheel height and location of the rider yielded frequent head-first falls. Any minor road obstruction could cause a rider to fall. The safety bicycle (what we consider bicycles today) became a safer alternative to the penny-farthing with wheels closer in size.
This photograph comes from the Adrian Vanderveer Martense collection. This collection is comprised of lantern slides and photographs taken by Martense, an amateur photographer and a descendent of early Dutch settlers in Brooklyn, of street scenes, friends, neighbors, and homes between 1872 and 1889. He was a longtime resident of Flatbush, one of the original six towns in Brooklyn. To view more photographs from by Martense, check out our online galleries!
#BHSArchives #PhotoOftheWeek #ThrowbackThursday #POTW #TBT #NoFilter #Vintage #VintagePhotos #VintagePhotography #bicycle #Pennyfarthing #Penny-farthing #swagger #BicycleRace #RideSafe #WearAHelmet #RidinDirty [Boy with bicycle], 1886, V1974.7.49; Adrian Vanderveer Martense collection, ARC.191; Brooklyn Historical Society.

From one end to the other, the diverse collection in the #BHSArchives has #LongIsland covered!
With its iconic lighthouse 💡, Montauk Point is the eastern most point on Long Island, and therefore New York State. This image was found in a scrapbook compiled by Eugene Armbruster, an early 20th century NYC historian and photographer. Armbruster’s scrapbooks document NYC, as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties. Fun fact: BHS was founded as the Long Island Historical Society, so Armbruster’s all-inclusive work is right at home! Our library is so excited to digitize and catalog these scrapbooks because they encapsulate the amazing breadth of the collection. Nearly 1000 scrapbook pages like this one are already cataloged and available to view on the BHS online image gallery. Check them out on our website!
#Armbruster #Scrapbook #Scrapbooking #NoFilter #OldPhotos #VintagePhotos #VintagePhotography #Lighthouse #Montauk #StrongIsland #MeetMeInMontauk
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Time to grab your #sunglasses and make some #waves🌊: it's #BeachSeason! 🌞🏄🏾🏄🏼‍♀️🏊🏽‍♀️🏊🏼⛵️🏖 All NYC #beaches opened on Memorial Day, operating daily from 10am to 6pm until Labor Day. The NYC Parks Department maintains 14 miles of beaches, many of those miles in Brooklyn. The photo of the week depicts a fun-seeking group at an unknown beach in 1909 comes from the Burton family papers and photographs collection, comprised of materials related to the Burton family between 1870 and 1949. Check out more photos from this collection in our online gallery!
#BHSArchives #POTW #PhotoOfTheWeek #tbt #ThrowbackThursday #NoFilter #ManhattanBeach #ConeyIsland #RockawayBeach #BrightonBeach #LifesABeach #FunInTheSun #🌞 [Group at the beach], 1909, v1981.283.3.88; Burton family papers and photographs,
ARC.217; Brooklyn Historical Society.

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