the public library of new york


The McLoughlin Brothers firm was one of the foremost publishers of children’s literature in 19th-century America, specializing in colored editions of children’s classics.

Before widely adopting color lithography in 1867, the McLoughlin Brothers experimented with stenciling and woodblock color printing. Earlier publications, like the library’s copy of the 1864 edition of The Three Little Crows (at top), were hand-colored by stenciling. The process was very labor-intensive as every color required its own stencil. While stenciling provided a light wash of color, the images lacked the rich, vibrant shades produced by color lithography (second image). To highlight the difference in color printing techniques, we’ve juxtaposed the hand-stenciled 1864 edition (on the right)  with McLoughlin Brothers’ later 1884 edition (on the left), printed using color lithography.

The Three Little Crows (New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1864)
The Three Little Crows (New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1884)

From the Children’s Literature Collection, University of South Florida Libraries
The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, everything from epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s.
By Andrew J . Hawkins

Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library’s user-friendly visualization tool. It’s a nostalgist’s dream come true.

The 58-story 500 Fifth Avenue tower (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931). Fifth Avenue at northwest corner of 42nd Street. View looking northwest from Fifth Avenue and 39th Street showing the New York Public Library. Spring 1931.

Photo: Unknown.

Source: “New York Illustrated”. New York. Manhattan Post Card Publishing Co. 1938.

Title: Jogar Capoëra, ou danse de la guerre.

Description: Lithograph of Afro-Brazilians performing capoeira dance*. From the Schomburg Photographs and Prints Division (Print Collection - South America - Brazil).

Reference: SCPR 07.23.067

Source: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library

Note: danse de la guerre literally translates (from French) as “war dance”.

* This is incorrect. Capoeira is not a dance. It is a martial art that was carefully developed and designed specifically to look like a dance because it was illegal for slaves to learn how to fight. 

In true embodiment of the Brazilian spirit, slaves (as I’ve explained before) crafted a fighting style that uses music and in which students do not make contact with each other (except for advanced acrobatic moves that require using another person as a springboard or something of the sort) in order to learn how to fight without getting in trouble.