nypr archives

“Rolf, the mandolin-playing terrier, was regularly featured on Art Nudnick’s Musical Menagerie. The Sunday afternoon variety program was a hit for the better part of 1925.”

Photo ‘discovered’ by the NYPR Archives Dept. on April 1, 2004 and used in the WNYC History Notes e-newsletter. Thanks to former Senior Archivist Cara McCormick.

This press button was worn by WNYC News Director Mitchell ‘Mike’ Jablons for his coverage of the launching of the battleship USS Missouri at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, January 29, 1944.

The Missouri was the site of the September 2, 1945 Japanese surrender ceremony that ended WWII. (WNYC Archive Collections)

‘Father of American Anthropology’ launches WNYC’s 'Give Me Liberty’ series, May 22, 1939.

Franz Boas hosts the first program in the series, 'Give Me Liberty’ on freedom and science. Subsequent shows cover democracy and American literature, democracy in education, democracy and race and the Bill of Rights, among other topics. The series is backed by the American Committee for Democracy and Intellectual Freedom an organization of scientists established to fight fascism.

(Photo: Franz Boas posing for figure in USNM (National Museum of Natural History) exhibit entitled “Hamats'a coming out of secret room” 1895 or before)

When Robert “Bob” Kiley took over as Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority his mission was to revive the City’s crime-ridden, dilapidated subway system where ridership had fallen to levels not seen since 1918. By the time he delivered this lecture at the New York Public Library’s Celeste Bartos Forum in February, 1988, Kiley was five years into the job and well on the way to guiding the City’s subways back from the dark days of the late 1970’s when every car in the subway fleet was covered with graffiti and trains routinely broke down.

photo: Heavily tagged subway car of the NYC subway in 1973(National Archives via Wikipedia)