Stereograms in Motion

On January 20, 2014 By

What can I say?  I love making these, and I think I’ve waited long enough since our last post about stereograph animations.

Trophy Point, West Point

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19th Century Names

On December 9, 2013 By

Are you brainstorming names for a new baby or pet? Are you trying to come up with that perfect alias for your stint undercover?

The Social Security Administration has a great database of baby names that searches all Social Security card applications for births after 1879.  But what was popular before that?

Thanks [...]

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Yearbook Designs

On November 7, 2013 By

New York Heritage has hundreds and hundreds of digitized yearbooks, which you can see and browse or search by school on our Yearbooks page.

Recently we’ve pinned nearly 100 of our favorite yearbook designs over on Pinterest.  You can see the board here:Yearbooks Over the Years.

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Streetviews: Then & Now

On September 16, 2013 By

It’s time for more then-and-now with Google Map Streetview!

Pulaski Park in Syracuse, NY: 2011 & 1950s

Little Falls Public Library, Little Falls, NY: 2008 & 1800s

Elmwood Avenue in Geneva, NY: 2009 & ca. 1900

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New York Heritage has a plethora of fascinating medical history collections to satisfy your every curiosity.

Many New York hospitals, like the Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, were and still are run by the Catholic church and staffed with nuns.

Youngsters today have probably never seen a [...]

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The Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo, one of the first private clubs for women in the United States, was founded in 1894 “to advance the interests of education, literature and art.” Charlotte Mulligan, a teacher, writer, and musician from a well-to-do family was the driving force behind its creation. She envisioned a club rich in [...]

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Overlaid Maps

On May 1, 2013 By

As you all know by now, Google Maps is fantastic. However, sometimes it’s limiting for the kind of historical materials we have. For example, I have this map of Nelson, New York, which is a lovely, quiet, little place about 25 miles east of Syracuse. The Oneida Public Library’s collection of the 1873 [...]

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Once again, I’m walking along the virtual street in Google Maps and comparing our photographs on New York Heritage to the modern day streetviews.

Here’s the First Presbyterian Church in Liverpool, NY,
first in April, 1924 and then in November of 2007:

Here’s downtown McGraw, NY,
first in [...]

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Sanborn Maps

On March 1, 2013 By

There are thousands and thousands of great maps on NYHeritage, but I especially like two from Northern New York because they’re Sanborn Fire Insurance maps.

The Sanborn Map Company (still in existence today) was one of several companies who sold atlases in the 19th and 20th centuries specifically for the purpose of assessing fire [...]

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Geneva in 3D

On February 8, 2013 By

With the fantastic new Stereograph Card Collection of Geneva from the Geneva Historical Society, I felt inspired to make more gifs! I can’t get enough of them, even if they sometimes make me a little sea-sick.

Glenwood Cemetery, Geneva, NY



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