Author(s): Dinah Dunn
This innovative package includes a metal stereoscopic viewer and 50 stereoscopic photographs. The kit includes an accompanying 112-page paperback that provides a brief history of the stereograph craze and an overview of the city's evolution. New York City in the Gilded Age paperback details the rapid growth of Manhattan during 1870-1900, when nearly half of the millionaires in America lived in the city. Beyond their ornate mansions, many enduring structures such as the Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Station and the first skyscrapers were built during this time. Stereoscopic images expand beyond the Gilded Age, with views through 1910. These include Coney Island lit up at night; the 1900 view towards Madison Square Garden from the top of the Flatiron Building and many more.
The New-York Historical Society is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Esther Crain edits and writes for magazines. She launched Ephemeral New York, a website that chronicles bits and pieces of the city's past through photos, newspaper articles, art and other artifacts.