A Beautiful and Mysterious Legacy

Augustus Sherman was 27 years old in 1892, when he was hired by the Bureau of Immigration as a clerk at Ellis Island. The small island in the New York Harbor was the first American destination of millions of immigrants from all over the world, who had left their old lives behind to start over…

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George Barbier Sends a Few Rays of Sunshine to Brighten your Day

The illustrations of George Barbier evoke the joy of life!   Costumes Parisiens, 1913.   Le Fue [The Fire], 1925

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The Glorious Age of the Hat

At the turn of the century, hats were quite the fashion statement. Men often wore fedoras, which could be year-round attire. These hats, which came into fashion in the late 19th century and never went back out of style, have been a favorite of gangsters, Orthodox Jews, and Prince Edward.  In later years, women wore fedoras too…

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