Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Anthro Reader, Vol. 22: Auld Lang Syne

As we pass into a new year, what better time to reflect on times gone by? Instead of the regular reader, I thought I'd just share a few photos from the NYPL Digital Archives.

New Year's Day in New Amsterdam (1878)
NYPL Image ID:
805611


Christmas carnival in the New York Stock Exchange. (1885)
NYPL Image ID
809739

For those of you watching the ball drop in Times Square—from wherever you are—this bit of information about the ball may be of interest:
For 2011, Waterford Crystal has designed 288 new “Let There Be Love” crystal triangles featuring a romantic pattern that blends a modern cascade of hearts with diamond cutting.  288 triangles are emblazoned with last year's "Let There Be Courage" design of a ribbon medal defining the triumph of courage over adversity; and 1,152 triangles sparkle with the "Let There Be Joy" design of an angel with arms uplifted welcoming the New Year.  The remaining 960 triangles are the original "Let There Be Light" design of a stylized radiating sunburst. 

New Year's Eve Ball, 1978. © New York Times

Happy New Year, Readers! Wishing you all a safe and happy celebration. And thanks, as always, for visiting my little corner of the web. 

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