Nypl Thanksgiving
Nypl Thanksgiving

IWR – Art and Culture Archive



Happy Thanksgiving Day!

NYPL – Thanksgiving Day Ephemera

The link is to the search results based on "Thanksgiving" from the NYPL’s Digital collection.  There are lots of postcards, turn of the century Menus and vintage photos of ragamuffins

Best wishes for a good Thanksgiving.

Riptheskull’s Flickr Set

This set contains over 200 Thanksgiving postcards.

Thanksgiving Greetings

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Edmond Aman-Jean

Edmond Aman-Jean – Wikimedia Commons

I had blogged an art link about the French Symbolist painter Edmond Aman-Jean earlier in February, but since that time Wikimedia has added several images that I had not seen before.  Here are my favorites.

Dolce far niente (c1900)

Portrait of Thadee Caroline Jacquet (c1892)

Reverie (1908?)

Additional Archives

History of Art: Edmond Aman-Jean

ARC :: Edmond François Aman-Jean (1860-1935)

Edmond Aman-Jean at ArtMagick

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UCB – Vintage Sheet Music Archive

UCB Music Library – Digital Sheet Music Collection

This is a great collection sheet music scans from 1890 to 1920.  In addition to the huge ragtime section, there are Western, Colorado and Ingram collections.  My only wish is that this site included links so that you could hear recorded versions of these songs and music where possible.  The ones I found on YouTube, I blogged below in the video item.  Here are some of my favorite images from the collection.

Just in case you are interested in who Gaby Deslys is, she was a beautiful dancer, whose life was cut tragically short in 1919.

Everything in America is Ragtime

Sweet Potatoes (1906)

Smiling Star (1908)

The Grizzly Bear Rag (1910)

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Video Links For 11/24/2008

Chet Atkins – Dill Pickles Rag

I found a boatload of ragtime sheet music at the University of Colorado, which I will be logging later.  Here are two rags that I found on YouTube, which I think complement the Thanksgiving holidays.  This recording by Chet Atkins is wonderful.

Dill Pickles Rag (1910)

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John Arpin – Bohemia Rag

This is a great piece of music to play on Thanksgiving holiday.

Bohemia Rag (1912)

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The Mississippi Sheiks – Sitting On Top Of The World (1930) [Lyrics

This is their big hit from 1930.


Mississippi Sheiks

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Hank Thompson / A Six Pack To Go (c1960) [Lyrics

Hey, there is always someone drinking on Thanksgiving, Friday, Saturday … This includes two versions of the song: the original recording and a live version.

Hank Thompson

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The Luv’d Ones – "Up Down Sue" (1966) [Lyrics]

I never heard of these women before but they were really ahead of their times and appropriate for this holiday week.

The Luv’d Ones

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Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Driftin’ Blues (Monterey 1967)

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band at their very best plays live at my old stomping grounds in Monterey.

Paul Butterfield Blues Band

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Nancy Sinatra – Your Groovy Self (Speedway ’68) [Lyrics

This seems like the kind of movie that could be on in the background at a big surreal family Thanksgiving dinner.


Nancy Sinatra

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Instant Karma – John Lennon [Lyrics

This is a great song by John Lennon to celebrate Thanksgiving.  I also included the live cover by the German band Tokyo Hotel.

John Lennon

Tokio Hotel

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Stevie Ray Vaughan – The Sky is Crying ( Albert and BB King) [Lyrics

This is great blues.


Stevie Ray Vaughn and The Kings

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Carrot Song

And closing out this food theme for Thanksgiving are The Potato Song, The Ramen Song and the Rice Song


The Carrot Song

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Wang Niandong

I’m always a sucker for surreal oil paintings of beautiful women, and this guy is a very talented artist.  There are additional paintings by this artist here and here

Ukiyoe Dining Table

Urban Desire

Melody From a Sad Bass

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The Art of Xiong Lijun

Xiong Lijun

Her zany elfin colorful paintings almost seem to explode with the girl power of a new China.

Summer Camp

Happy Together 16

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Video Links For 11/17/2008

Memphis Minnie – Kissing In The Dark (1953)

She was really ahead of her time.


Memphis Minnie

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Miriam Makeba – Khawuleza 1966

This is a tribute to the late legendary South African singer, who was exiled for 30 years from South Africa for her outspoken opposition to apartheid.

Miriam Makeba

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Savoy Brown – When I Was A Young Boy [Lyrics

I really like their Raw Sienna album.

Savoy Brown

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Kings Of Leon – Charmer [Lyrics

Kings of Leon

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The All-American Rejects – Gives You Hell [Lyrics

The All-American Rejects

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The Department Of Earth, Wind and Fire | Bill Maher Nov 14 2008

I liked the Department of Earth, Wind and Fire sketch the best.

Bill Maher 

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New Rules Patriot Edition | Nov 14 2008 | Bill Maher

This is the last New Rules for the 2008 season.

Bill Maher

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Don’t It Turn Your Red States Blue


Video by Sari Graphics

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 There’s no one as Irish as Barack Obama

The limerick band Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys sing about our Irish president elect Barack O’bama on Irish TV.  Here are the lyrics in case you want to sing-along at home. And yes, the world has gone nuts over Obama

Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys

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The Mask of Lincoln

One Life: The Mask of Lincoln

To celebrate Lincoln’s 200th birthday in 2009, there is a  Lincoln photographic exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.  I’ve always been a big fan of A. Lincoln, and it’s no surprise that president elect Barack Obama is too.  Like a lot of people, I became very interested in the Civil and especially Lincoln after I saw Ken Burns’ marvelous PBS series.   I’ve read David Herbert Donald’s Lincoln biography and also bought David Grubin’s PBS special on Lincoln.  In my opinion, Lincoln was the greatest president, a great orator and perhaps the greatest political leader of all time.   The University of Michigan also has the searchable Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln online.

Mathew Brady – Albumen silver print (1864)

Here’s one of my favorite quotes by Lincoln from his first inaugural speech in 1861:

I am loth to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, streching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

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Lesbian Erotic Artwork

Lesbian Erotic Artwork – Wikimedia Commons [NSFW]

This is an interesting category of lesbian themed art images on Wikimedia.  Here are my favorite images from the set.

Maxmilian Pirner – Potok (1903)

Meister der Schule von Fontainebleau –

Portrait of the Gabrielle d’ Estrées and the Duchesse de Villars (1594)

William-Adolphe Bouguereau – The Two Bathers (1884)

The Friends (Destroyed 1916-1919)

Gustave Courbet – Sleep (1866)

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Video Links For 11/10/2008

A Farewell To Douchebags | Bill Maher | November 7, 2008

Say Goodnight Douche Limbaugh!


Bill Maher

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Gene Kelly – Singing in the Rain [Lyrics

It’s been raining lately and coupled with Obama’s amazing victory, this great song and performance by Gene Kelly seems to sum up feelings.


Gene Kelly (1952)

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Robert Johnson – Cross Road Blues [Lyrics


Robert Johnson

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The Cream (Live 1968)

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The Fray – How To Save A Life (Version #2) [Lyrics

The Fray

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Stereophonics – Dakota (Live) [Lyrics



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30 Seconds to Mars – The Kill (acoustic) [Lyrics

Here is the electric version of the song.

30 Seconds to Mars 

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Vintage Geisha Postcards

Vintage Geisha Postcards – Lulu

This is a very nice set of geisha postcards that I have not seen before.  Here are my favorites from the set.

Singing Geishas

Children of the League of Nations

Little Girl as a Geisha

Hanging a Lantern

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Video Links For 11/03/2008

Kool & The Gang – Celebration [Lyrics

The theme this week is to celebrate, hopefully, Obama’s landslide over McCain.

Kool and the Gang

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Bob Dylan -The Times They Are A-Changin (1964) [Lyrics

It’s about time too.


Bob Dylan

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Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs – Peace Train (Live) [Lyrics

Hopefully, we’ll bring the troops home from Iraq soon, and no more friggin’ Bush Doctrine!


Natalie Merchant

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The Pointer Sisters – Yes We Can Can [Lyrics

You Betcha!


The Pointer Sisters

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Celtic Woman – the Voice [Lyrics

The voice of the future.


Celtic Woman

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Fatboy Slim – Don’t Let The Man Get You Down

Hopefully, racists will be put on the endangered species list.

Fatboy Slim

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Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight [Lyrics

Wang Chung

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The Beastie Boys – (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) [Lyrics

Beastie Boys

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Palin takes prank call from fake French president

"The call [To Palin] was made by a well-known Montreal comedy duo Marc-Antoine Audette and Sebastien Trudel. Known as the Masked Avengers, the two are notorious for prank calls to celebrities and heads of state."

Sarah Palin 

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New Rules From Bill Maher For October 31, 2008


Bill Maher

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McCain and Palin’s Crazy Indian Dancefest

This is pretty ridiculous and cheesy parody, but very funny nonetheless.  This clip was a video response to the hilarious Crazy Indian Video… Buffalaxed!, which is a sounds like English translation (not real) of a Bollywood Hindi musical number.

McCain and Palin’s Crazy Indian Dancefest 

Crazy Indian Video… Buffalaxed!

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October 2008

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