|Women's Political Union Votes for Women Sash|
Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institution
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Sunday, February 28, 2021
During the month of February, in honor of Valentine's Day, we celebrated some of the many swoon-worthy men and women of the Gilded Age. These short profiles take a look at four men and four women who captured the attention of Staatsburgh staff. Originally posted on Staatsburgh's facebook page, we compiled all the posts here to share in a single essay.
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Before the invention of electric refrigeration, how did food and perishables keep cold, especially during the warm summer months? The answer is ice. Large blocks of ice cut from a river or lake during the winter would keep food items cool all summer. But how did the ice move from the river into the home? To answer that question, we must take a look at the ice harvesting industry, which was active throughout much of the north-east coast of the country (as well as inland, in northern states) between the 1830s and 1920s, and which was dominated for several decades by production on the Hudson River and nearby lakes.
|Ice harvesting on the Hudson, 1912|
Photo: New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_830