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April 06 2015

Why do 18th century English paintings have so many squirrels in them, and how did they tame them so that they wouldn’t bite the painter?” It’s easy to find answers to such perplexing questions today. A quick Google search explains that squirrels were once desirable pets, and that domesticating them could be achieved in six simple steps. 

But in 1976, when the question was first posed to a librarian at the New York Public Library (NYPL), the internet hadn’t yet made everything ridiculously easy. Unable to answer the query, the bemused librarian who received it typed it onto a reference card and filed it away. 

Recently, a staff member found the recipe box (labeled “Interesting Reference Questions”) containing it and hundreds others asked between the 1940s and 1980s while cleaning out a desk. NYPL has since been posting pictures of its contents to Twitter and Instagram under the hashtag #LetMeLibrarianThatForYou.
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February 02 2015

" Living Moments " by Paul Trillo examines everyday life in NYC, frozen in revolving time
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October 07 2014

Mac Conner arrived in New York in 1950 and built a career in the city’s vibrant publishing industry with his crisp, hand-painted illustrations. A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York shows the classics he created for Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan and more
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August 03 2010

Manhattan Solstice or Manhattanhenge is one of two days every year when the sun sets exactly in line with the crosstown streets of Manhattan.
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June 09 2010

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