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    More treasures from our archives - a letter from Harry Houdini to NYPL President John Shaw Billings in 1911. The letter begins, "Dear Sir, In going through your card indexes yesterday, I noted that the Conjurer's magazine was missing..." Harry Houdini then kindly offered two bound sets of the Conjurer's Magazine to be added to the NYPL Collection -- along with a book on handcuffs written in Russian and German. #TeachNYPL #Houdini

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    Letter from Jack the Ripper

    Dorothy Day with her prison dress. On November 1917 Day went to prison for being one of forty women in front of the White House protesting women's exclusion from the electorate.

    Bill Bojangles Robinson in Harlem www.flickr.com/...

    1945 VE (Victory in Europe) Day TIMES SQUARE vintage photo Times Tower Toffenetti Restaurant NYC

    Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.

    At Gettysburg, what a girl saw and heard of the Battle. [Entire book can be flipped through.]

    Gandhi's Letter To Adolf Hitler

    Zona Heaster Shue died in 1897 by what was called an "everlasting faint" but was soon given the name 'The Greenbrier Ghost' after she appeared to her mother and told her she had actually been murdered by her husband. The events surrounding the haunting led to it becoming the only time in American legal history in which the so-called "testimony of a ghost" was accepted at a murder trial.

    This is the chair in which President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

    Women picketed the White House in 1917 to try to get President Wilson to support woman suffrage

    Ralph C. Lincoln, 11th generation Lincoln, 3rd cousin of Abraham

    The FIRST Black Senator; a RARE photograph and great portrait by Mathew Brady - a cabinet card photograph of Hiram Rhoades Revels (1822-1901). Of mixed African and Indian descent, he was a Methodist minister and later the first Black Senator (Mississippi) during Reconstruction, later the President of Alcorn University.

    Harry Houdini

    Fun with the C.I.A.: During the Cold War, the CIA had a magician, John Mulholland, write a manual on "misdirection, concealment, and stagecraft". Though all the copies were thought to have disappeared in 1973, some have reappeared... and been published as 'The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception'.

    Acting Gov. Houx (1917-1918) was a vocal supporter of prohibition. (Wyoming State Archives Gov. Houx gubernatorial papers, prohibition)

    Little Red Hen

    The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin

    The picture was taken at the Stone Wall at Gettysburg. Picture shows the old soldier writing his memories of the Battle of Gettysburg, at the Gettysburg Reunion. It was created in 1913 by Harris & Ewing.

    Clark Gable, Captain, US Army Air Corps. Although beyond draft age, he enlisted & attended Officers' Candidate School, graduating as a 2nd lieutenant. He then attended aerial gunnery school & in Feb. 1943, went to England to make a recruiting film. He was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group & flew 5 combat missions. Hilter favored Gable above all other actors & offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture & bring Gable to him unscathed.