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Happy Valentine's Day! This month we've followed our hearts and put a couple on sale. Check out all our sale items at http://www.georgeglazer.com/news/features.html
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KEEP INSURED: Homestead Fire Insurance Company issued this Map of New York City as a promotional piece in the 1860s or '70s under the slogan "Keep Insured." The hand-colored lithograph wall map shows Manhattan from the Battery to the northern end of Central Park, along with a section of Brooklyn and Roosevelt Island. The map is decorated with engravings of the company's Nassau Street headquarters and a small illustration of firefighters putting out a blaze. Tell us you saw it here and get a 20% discount! More here: https://georgeglazer.com/maps/newyorkmaps/homestead.html
#antiquemap #newyorkcity #antiques
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1/18/17
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SKATING IN THE MOONLIGHT: A picturesque American rural winter scene of numerous couples and individuals ice skating on a natural frozen pond or lake surrounded by a pine forest by the light of a full moon. This print ranked number 19 out of 50 on a list of the best small folio Currier & Ives prints selected by the American Historical Print Collectors Society. On sale for $1,600 through Jan. 15, 2017.
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NEW YORK PRE-1907: Bogue Laundry Soap issued this promotional colorful bird's-eye view of the Brooklyn Bridge. The vista takes in the Lower Manhattan buildings in the foreground and a portion of what was then the Manhattan entrance in the lower left. Along with that entrance structure are other buildings that no longer exist, such as the obelisk-like Tatham Shot Tower to the right of the bridge which was demolished in 1907. On the back advertising copy proclaims the soap "Shortens the Wash day and Makes Home Happy!"
Read more: https://www.georgeglazer.com/maps/newyorkmaps/boguebridge.html

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This globe was made in Belgium between 1908 and 1914. The Upper Midwest of the United States, where tribes today are protesting the building of a pipeline in North Dakota, is labeled "Sioux Indiens." Another unusual, probably unique, feature of this globe is the inclusion of five illustrations representing different races by a portrait head and a caption noting where each is indigenous. #globe #antique #sioux #ethnographic https://www.georgeglazer.com/globes/table/windels.html
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11/8/16
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The featured antique in New York Cottages & Gardens' Fall Style issue is our mid-18th-century armillary sphere by French globe maker Louis-Charles Desnos (magazine page shown left), under the title "Orbit of Influence." The full page article quotes George as to "what makes it special": "This is a particularly early example of an armillary sphere by a famous maker. It was produced during the Age of Enlightenment, when astronomy was considered an important component of a well-rounded intellect." George also notes it is unusual to see an armillary sphere of this age in such good condition. Read more here: http://bit.ly/orbitinf On sale through Oct. 15 (http://www.georgeglazer.com/news/features.html)
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On a presidential election theme, did you know that President Harry S. Truman and his family had to move out of the White House for most of his term because the building was in such bad shape that the interior had to be gutted and renovated? Materials deemed usable were offered to the public packaged as souvenir "kits" containing the raw material — stone, nails, wood or bricks — and a "small metal authentication plate," in return for a modest fee covering shipping and handling. The second most popular kit, with 5,000 distributed, was "enough old pine to make a gavel" for two dollars. The program proved hugely popular and orders exceeded available kits, turning a profit of $10,000.
The rest of the story is here: http://www.georgeglazer.com/decarts/objects/gavels/whitehousegavel.html #presidential #gavel  #whitehouse  
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This campaign season we've thought about how past presidents were portrayed. After the death of George Washington, he was frequently portrayed over the next 50 years as a godlike hero, as in this popular lithograph after a painting by Rembrandt Peale, published in 1827. Peale's painting has hung in the Old Senate Chamber since 1832. More info here: http://www.georgeglazer.com/prints/portraits/patriaepater.html #president   #washington   #georgewashington   #presidential  
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Our current batch of sale items is inspired by our recent appearance on Manhattan Sideways, a web site exploring the side streets of New York City. Visit our gallery on East 94th Street via their terrific photos. Then take a walk back in time to further explore the side streets with our map of the Upper West Side in the 1830s. We have a couple of gems showing turn-of-the-century New York City as the jewelry center of the world and under the sign of the Diamonds. Finally, go on a July outing: take a stroll on the Grand Concourse and sail on Jamaica Bay. Start bargain-hunting here: http://www.georgeglazer.com/news/features.html
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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 in the process. Not only that, we tracked down the actual plane depicted in the print! It's in the New England Air Museum near the Hartford, CT, airport, where it's on display. Read more here: http://www.georgeglazer.com/prints/transport/lairdsolution.html
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