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Talk about a family reunion! 70 family members came together this weekend at BHS to celebrate the legacy of David C. Hurd and Avril Cato, whose #loveletters were recently added to the #BHSarchives. People traveled from England, Canada, Jamaica, and Maryland! Thank you to everyone who made the trip - we are so touched! #familyreunion #familyhistory #brooklynhistory (📷 @forever_brooklyn)

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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

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

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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Another great slide from the Ortner papers and photographs. Very excited because this is first running related image I've found in our archives #bhsarchives #runbrooklyn #runnyc @brooklynhistory @prospectparktc

BHS collections mystery! It is unknown exactly who this wax head in our collection is supposed to depict. #bhsarchives #TFTV

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Deep within Hasidic Williamsburg, 571 Bedford Avenue (photo via @brooklynhistory), perhaps surprisingly, still stands. This Renaissance Revival mansion was constructed circa 1890. The copper bay window and the highly ornamented framing of the dormer have turned green with age. An early owner of the building (likely until his death in 1910) was Moses May, a beef dealer and president of the Brooklyn Hebrew Orphans Asylum. Today, the building houses an Orthodox Jewish religious institution. ⠀
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📸: John D. Morrell⠀
March 30, 1958⠀
via @brooklynhistory
#urbanarchive #nychistory #brooklyn #bedfordavenue #renaissancerevival #mansion #baywindow #dormer #brownstone #orthodoxjewishbrooklyn #bhsarchives
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Honestly, we can't get over the amazing storefront neon signage captured in the #MorrellCollection at the #BrooklynHistoricalSociety (@brooklynhistory).⠀
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This is the Loft Candies at 1412 Kings Highway and its neighbors. Loft was a NYC-based candy company established in 1860. By 1920 it was the largest candy company and the first retail candy store chain in America. This location opened in December 1927, just in time for Christmas. The sweet shop makes a brief appearance in the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, as Tony and Stephanie walk around Sheepshead Bay at night.⠀
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So what can anyone tell us about the red car out front?⠀
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📸: John D. Morrell⠀
June 18, 1961⠀
via @brooklynhistory
#urbanarchive #nychistory #SheepsheadBay #brooklyn #southbrooklyn #LoftsCandies #neon #nyneon #signage #fonts #storefronts #KingsHighway #SaturdayNightFever #movielocations #bhsarchives
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Here at BHS, we live our lives a quarter mile at a time, and nothing gets our #engines fired up like some slick #classic cars! Check out the #retro rides in this #PhotoOfTheWeek! . .
If you’re looking to be transported to 1960s and 1970s #Brooklyn streets, look no further than the John D. Morrell #photographs collection. This collection is comprised of over 2,000 photographs that include buildings and street scenes in almost every Brooklyn #neighborhood.
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#POTW #tbt #ThrowbackThursday #NiceRide #LowRider #HotRod #Beetle #BrooklynHeights #BHSArchives #NoFilter #oldphotos #VintagePhotos #fastandfurious #2fast2furious . . [Hicks Street], 1974, v1974.9.477, John D. Morrell photographs, ARC.005; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Oysters, Lobsters, Clams, oh my! Who remembers this Sheepshead Bay spot? ⠀
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Lundy's Restaurant, also known as Lundy Brothers Restaurant, was a well-known American seafood restaurant in Sheepshead Bay. Owned by Irving Lundy, who started the business selling clams out of a pushcart, the formal restaurant opened at 1901 Emmons Avenue in 1935. In its heyday, Lundy's was reported to be the largest restaurant in the United States, seating, according to various reports, 2,400-2,800 patrons at a time.⠀
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Following Irving Lundy's death in the late 1970s, the restaurant closed. The building was acquired 20 years later by the Tam Restaurant Group. It reopened in 1997 in the same location. The new owners also opened a branch in 2001 at 205 West 50th Street in Times Square, but that location was only open briefly. Lundy's finally closed for good in 2007. The space now houses the Lundy's Landing Shopping Plaza.
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📸: John D. Morrell⠀
June 4, 1961⠀
#urbanarchive #nychistory #sheepsheadbay #brooklyn #Lundys #seafood #historicrestaurant #neighborhoodlandmark #oysters#bhsarchives
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This 40-foot wide mansion (97 Clark Street, via @brooklynhistory) was known as the Ford Mansion, as it was once the home of Gordon L. Ford and later his son, Paul Leicester Ford. Gordon was the business manager for the New York Tribune and had a hand in banking and railroad interests. Paul was a journalist, writer, and noted bibliographer of Revolutionary War America. (Another son, Worthington, was chief of the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.) Paul was killed in a murder suicide enacted by a third brother, Malcolm, in 1902.⠀
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In the 1960s, as this and other nearby buildings were being prepped for demolition as part of the urban renewal plans, preservationists saved the home's railing in hopes of reusing them for the restoration of another historic Heights house, the Peter Cornell home. That house was demolished as well and the railing is now in the Sculpture Garden at the Brooklyn Museum, among other architectural artifacts.⠀
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The early 1970s building that replaced the demolished Ford Mansion is the massive Cadman Towers, a 421-unit, almost Brutalist, co-op building (given the address 101 Clark Street). ⠀
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📸: John D. Morrell⠀
October 12, 1958⠀
#urbanarchive #nychistory #brooklynheights #fordmansion #familydrama #attemptedpreservation #brutalist #urbanrenewal#bhsarchives Join the Urban Archive beta 📱 [link in bio]

Knock Knock Inn at 8430 New Utrecht Avenue in #Bensonhurst (photo via @brooklynhistory)⠀
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South Brooklyn bar✔️ Great neon sign✔️ wood-frame building with lovely cornice✔️ Elevated train station✔️ rad 1950s cars✔️⠀
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📸: John D. Morrell⠀
July 13, 1958⠀
#urbanarchive #nychistory #southbrooklyn #brookkyn #historicbar #woodframe #cornice #neon #nyneon #signage #elevatedtrain #theel #BMT #18thAvenueStation #bhsarchives
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Who was Eugene #Armbruster, and what does this #dapper man at #ConeyIsland in 1898 have to do with him? 🤔🎩
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Armbruster was many things: a #Brooklynite, an amateur #photographer, an early-1900s #historian, etc. His work has been all over our insta feed and this week was the subject of his own #TalesFromTheVault. For this #PhotoOfTheWeek, we focus on his work as an avid #scrapbooker! Thanks to a generous grant, we just finished digitizing hundreds of pages of his #scrapbooks, so now you can see all of the hand-drawn #maps, press clippings, and #photos (such as this one right here) in our online gallery! Visit them today and see #BrooklynHistory come to life page by page! .
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#BHSArchives #POTW #ThrowbackThursday #tbt #NoFilter #VintagePhotos #OldBrooklyn #ontheboardwalk [Portrait of man posing on a boardwalk in Coney Island], 1898, v1974.022.4.068, Eugene L. Armbruster photographs and scrapbooks, ARC.199; Brooklyn Historical Society.

A rapt audience for #TalesFromTheVault in the Othmer #Library learning about the work of #historian Eugene #Armbruster! Check out our feed for pages from his #scrapbooks showcasing a changing #Brooklyn. #BHSArchives #BrooklynHistory

Game, set, and match: it's time for #tennis! 🎾🏓
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The #USOpen is under way in #Queens, but why should they have all the fun? As you can see in the #PhotoOfTheWeek, #Brooklyn knows how to handle the court, too!
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The photo of the week depicts Dr. Wade and his cousin, Dr. L.N. Anderson, and two unidentified women, posing with tennis rackets in #ProspectPark around 1881. Did you know that Prospect Park was a hotbed for the lawn tennis fad of the late 1800s? No matter what century we're talking about, Brooklyn's got #game! . .
#POTW #ThrowbackThursday #tbt #BHSArchives #NoFilter #lawntennis #YouGotServed #GotGame #Ballers
. . [Dr. Wade and his cousin Dr. L. N. Anderson in Prospect Park], circa 1881, v1974.11.12, Anderson and Nostrand families papers and photographs, ARC.199; Brooklyn Historical Society.

We ♦️❤️♦️ the #AtomicAge signage of this Brooklyn laundromat! The corner building dates to 1900, when its ground floor likely looked very different. ⠀
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Thanks to #UrbanArchive user @dionneriveradesign for this spectacular #thenandnow recreation of 1215 8th Avenue in #ParkSlope. We hope they repair the missing letters of the sign (even if they can't make the laundry 10 cents again)!⠀
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#urbanarchive #nychistory #brooklyn #laundromat #corner #signage #parkslopehistoricdistrict #BHS #BHSarchives #historiccolorphotography
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Is your costume ready for the #WestIndianDayParade? 💃🏾 .

Get ready for the sounds and celebrations of #WestIndian culture in #Brooklyn! Now in its 50th year, the #WestIndianCarnival is one of the largest outdoor street festivals in North America. This #PhotoOfTheWeek depicts performers at the 1994 edition of the #Carnival and may help you get some inspiration to join in on the festivities! Neighborhood celebrations of #caribbean and #CaribbeanAmerican culture take place throughout the weekend, with the #parade on Monday, #LaborDay. Get ready! .

#BHSArchives #POTW #NoFilter #jouvert #jouvert2017 #westindian #crownheights #easternparkway #celebrate #culture . [Performers at West Indian Carnival], 1994, 2010.019, West Indian Carnival Documentation Project records; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Talk about a family reunion! 70 family members came together this weekend at BHS to celebrate the legacy of David C. Hurd and Avril Cato, whose #loveletters were recently added to the #BHSarchives. People traveled from England, Canada, Jamaica, and Maryland! Thank you to everyone who made the trip - we are so touched! #familyreunion #familyhistory #brooklynhistory (📷 @forever_brooklyn)

Kick back with a book and enjoy a whole new view of #ConeyIsland! 🌞😎📕🏖
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There's nothing quite like a relaxing day in the sun with a good #book, even if it happens to be at one of the most popular #beaches in the country.

The photo of the week was taken by Anders Goldfarb, a Brooklyn-born documentary photographer, and depicts a person reading on an unusually empty #boardwalk in Coney Island in the 1980s. Without the crowds of people and umbrellas in the #sand, it’s hard to believe this is #AmericasPlayground!
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#BHSArchives #PhotoOfTheWeek #POTW #tbt #ThrowbackThursday #NoFilter #BeachSeason #chillaxin #Sunbather .
. [Person reading on boardwalk], 1989, v1992.48.59; Anders Goldfarb photographs of Coney Island, v1974.031; Brooklyn Historical Society.

"We've taken the word 'can't'... and in its place we've written 'Let's try.'" - David C. Hurd in a #loveletter to Avril Cato on the opportunity he found in Brooklyn after moving to the borough from Jamaica in 1907. He described NYC as the "land of opportunity" and was excited to bring his sweetheart to Brooklyn 7 years later.
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Find this letter and more in the #BHSarchives! #brooklynhistory #fortgreene #clintonhill #immigranthistory #brooklyn

A 1903 firehouse (still in use) that looks more like an Upper East Side mansion (except, maybe, for that big red door).⠀
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Founded in 1886 as Engine 24 of the City of Brooklyn, the firefighters here originally fought blazes in a horse-drawn engine. The current building was constructed in 1903 (five years after the company became part of the citywide fire department following consolidation). Described as a "Gilded Age mansion for NY’s Bravest," the building (at 274 Hicks Street) is a Renaissance Revival structure. It was designed by the firm of Adams & Warren, who largely built massive mansions for well-heeled Long Islanders. The copper-clad dormers and roof tiles, green with age, are especially eye-catching on a block with older townhouses. ⠀
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📸: John D. Morrell ⠀
1959⠀
via @brooklynhistory
#urbanarchive #nychistory #brooklynheights #firehouse #FDNY #NYCBravest #renaissancerevival #copper #ivy #bhsarchives
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Nothing reminds you to keep your head up and look on the brighter side of life quite like a #SolarEclipse! 🌞🌚
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Among the many things in the #BHSArchives, you'll find these rare historic #almanacs, one from 1823, and a Poor Richard's Almanac from 1758! Both of these historical factoid books included #eclipse predictions. How did you fare during #SolarEclipse2017? . .
#eclipse #celestial #CelestialEvent #moon #sun #stars #KeepLookingUp #LookOnTheBrightSide #TheLightThatBlinds #TotalEclipseOfTheHeart

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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