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President John F. Kennedy 1962 Birthday Gala Program
Program and ticket to the gala all-star celebration of President John F. Kennedy’s birthday, held in Madison Square Garden as a Democratic fundraiser on May 19, 1962. This is the event where Marilyn Monroe famously sang a sultry version of “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.”
Nova Reperta [New Inventions of Modern Times] 1591
Stradanus and Galle also produced this richly illustrated title page for Nova Reperta [New Inventions of Modern Times] in 1591, including a map and symbols of inventions and discoveries of the post-classical era from the printing press and the mechanical clock to silk production and distillery equipment. A figure of a young woman representing the future enters the landscape and points to a map of the New World, as a corresponding figure of an elderly man, representing the past, is walks…
Patriotic Civil War Print, 1864
"In Right Is Might" patriotic allegorical lithograph published in 1864 during the American Civil War to promote a fundraising event for the U.S. Sanitary Commission, a relief agency that had been established in 1861 to care for the injured on the battlefield, transport the wounded, aid disabled veterans, and assist soldiers’ families. Drawn by prominent portraitist and genre painter Seymour Joseph Guy, it was published in conjunction with the Brooklyn and Long Island Fair.
Siege of Havana Antique Prints after Dominic Serres, London, c. 1764-65
Two views from a series of 12 prints documenting the Siege of Havana, Cuba, in 1762, the last major operation of the Seven Years War, a global war fought between five major powers between 1756 and 1763. Both views were derived by marine painter Dominic Serres from eyewitness sketches made during these events by Lieutenant Philip Orsbridge, who had served at Havana. Orsbridge had them engraved and published.
French Sailing Galley, Antique Print after de Passebon, Marseille, c. 1690
Finely executed maritime engraving of a French galley under full sail in the Mediterranean, with the shoreline in the distance. Smoke billows from a cooking stove behind a smaller boat — each inside the large galley towards the middle. This was printed as part of a series of 17 folio copperplate engravings of French and Turkish vessels active in the Mediterranean executed by Claude Randon after drawings by French naval officer Henri Sbonski de Passebon.
Allegory, Weight of the Bible, Protestant Reformation, Antique Print, French, c. 1562
An early allegorical and satirical engraving about the response of the Catholic Church to the Protestant Reformation in the mid 16th century. The image is divided between representations of the two opposing groups with a huge scale suspended from the ceiling in the middle. Leaders and proponents of the Catholic Church, aided by a little devil, are no match for their counterparts of the Reformation who have tipped the scale decidedly in their favor with nothing but a huge bible.
Stradanus, Equus Hispanus from Equile Ioannis Austriaci, Antique Engraving, 17th-18th C.
Old master horse portrait from a series of 43 engravings depicting horses of different breeds from the stables of John of Austria (1547-1578), son of Emperor Charles V. Equus Hispanus is a Spanish horse.
Stradanus, Appulus from Equile Ioannis Austriaci, Engraving, 17th-18th C.
Old master horse portrait from a series of 43 engravings depicting horses of different breeds from the stables of John of Austria (1547-1578), son of Emperor Charles V. Appulus depicts an Apulian horse (i.e. from a region of Italy).
Wenceslaus Hollar engravings of The Four Seasons (1641)
Set of four old master allegorical etchings by Wenceslaus Hollar of the seasons. Each season is represented by a three-quarter length portrait of a beautiful, fashionably dressed woman wearing seasonal clothing and standing beside a table with seasonal items. Below each figure is a pair of anonymous verses, in Latin on the left and in English on the right, about dressing for the weather and other things portrayed in the prints.
View of the Neptune House, New Rochelle, N.Y. 1840s
Rare lithograph prospect view of Neptune House, a large multistory summer resort on Neptune Island in Long Island Sound. This print likely was intended as a promotional advertisement for the resort, built in 1837 in the center of a wooded island as a getaway for New York City residents. One section of the original hotel still stands today, divided into four private homes. Part of the island is now a public park.
View of the Paris Exhibition of 1878
Large and detailed chromolithograph of an international world's fair, spanning from the newly built Palace du Trocadero to the Palace of the Champs de Mars, with top and bottom borders showing facades of the pavilions of various exhibiting countries. In the sky is a steam-driven balloon from which visitors enjoyed the view from 600 meters in the air. The exhibition was an effort to revitalize the French economy after the Franco-Prussian War. It succeeded in attracting over 16 million…
The Ascent of the Matterhorn, July 14, 1865
The first successful ascent of the Matterhorn occurred on July 14, 1865, a landmark event in the history of mountaineering. The challenging peak was conquered by a team of three Alpine guides and four British adventurers. This is one of two prints related to the event published simultaneously by the major European print publisher Goupil & Cie. after paintings by the French artist Gustave Doré, a leading artist of narrative subjects in the Romantic vein. This print is apparently rare.
MICROBREW: Decorative British beer brewery broadside for Horsfall Brothers in Halifax from the early 20th century, when all breweries were local and small scale. The brick building in the center is operated as a pub today called the Big 6 Inn.
ZOOMING: We love how information we find online gives a backstory to old prints, like this 1930 etching of a Chicago air race titled "Zooming." Turns out that the airplane's designer, Matty Laird, rushed it into production and built it just for the race in one month. After being tested for a mere ten minutes in the air, aviator Charles "Speed" Holman went on to win the 100-mile event and set a closed-course, non-military speed record.
Colorful lithograph of a football game depicting a field goal kicked in The Last Five Seconds, drawn on stone by the prolific artist Dong Kingman and commissioned by American Express in 1971 as a limited edition print. Kingman was a prolific Chinese-American artist whose work ranged from watercolors to murals to artwork for major motion pictures. He also designed the Hong Kong pavilion for the 1964 New York World's Fair.
This vintage poster advertises the 1940 Chicago Bears home games at Wrigley Field with the slogan, "The Team of Stars" and portraits of five players. Two of them wound up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Fun fact: The 1940 bears went on to win the NFL championship that year, in the most lopsided championship score in NFL history: 73-0 against the Washington Redskins.