On August 19, 1812, the USS Constitution earned its venerable nickname “Old Ironsides” when it defeated the HMS Guerriere in a renowned engagement during the War of 1812.

  1. “USS Constitution, Outboard Profile with Sail Plan”, Records of the Bureau of Ships
  2. “Capture of the Guerriere by the Constitution. August 1812.” Engraving by T. Birch
  3. Old Ironsides

Great work by my colleagues!



This photoset is from the Gemini X Mission which took place from July 18-21, 1966.  In our catalog, you can view 347 images from this mission. 

The photos above were taken on July 19, 1966 and include images of Africa, Florida, Hurricane Celia, the inside of Gemini X, and clouds.  

I think this is my favorite photoset so far. The juxtaposition of the perspectives of Earth visible through the tiny window mixed with the center shot of a human being who actually saw all those perspectives is a powerful combination. Also, it’s bad ass.

(Today’s Document is a fantastic blog run by the U.S. National Archives.)

The first rule of Tumblr club: Always blog about cupcakes


The first rule of Tumblr club?

Always blog pictures of cupcakes.

It’s just the price of admission. You’re on Tumblr, you post cupcake pictures.

Even if your blog is about gardening, growing your own food, and creating edible revolution.

With this in mind, we dutifully post these seedling cupcake toppers from Etsy. Resistance is futile.

Compare to the real thing:

/via discophile

Eleanor Roosevelt, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth in London, England, 10/23/1942 (by The U.S. National Archives)

Eleanor Roosevelt, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth in London, England, 10/23/1942 (by The U.S. National Archives)

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Become a citizen cartographer! Last week, the New York Public Library was part of Social Media Week in New York City, and we took the opportunity to show off our brilliant staffers in social media and our wonderful work in the world of maps. The photo above shows NYPL Geospatial Librarian Matt Knutzen working with attendees during our Citizen Cartography @ NYPL Workshop: Tracing 19th Century Manhattan workshop.

Participants learned how to trace information from maps and combine it with additional information to make a new and improved map with lots of info. We zoomed in on 19th century maps all the way down to building level and added spatial data to those buildings so that the map could be searched using this new, added info. We worked on a map of NYC from 1857. 

This is all part of the NYPL Map Rectifier, which is now in beta mode and can be used/experimented with/learned at home!  So, yes, you can became a Citizen Cartographer, too!  Visit for more info, including a great video with Matt Knutzen explaining this much better than we can. Follow The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division on Twitter @NYPLMaps.

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