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IMMIGRANTS: CASTLE GARDEN.
Newly arrived immigrants enjoying their first Thanksgiving dinner in the United States at Castle Garden, New York, 1884. Contemporary American wood engraving.
JOHN NIXON, 1776.
John Nixon giving the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence from the steps of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 8 July 1776. Color engraving after Edwin Austin Abbey.
SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE.
View of the section of San Francisco from First and Bryant Streets, following the earthquake of 18 April 1906.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: PRISON.
Political prison on the Corner of First Street and A Street in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. Wood engraving, American, 1861.
OLD CAPITOL PRISON, c1864.
The Old Capitol Prison, on the corner of 1st Street and A Street Northeast in Washington, D.C. Stereograph view, c1864.
OLD CAPITOL PRISON, c1864.
A view of the Old Capitol Prison, on the corner of 1st Street and A Street Northeast in Washington, D.C. Albumen print, 1866, by Alexander Gardner, after a photograph, c1864, by William R. Pywell.
GERMAN ASSEMBLY, 1848.
St. Paul's Church at Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany; from 1848 until 1849 the church housed the first German National Assembly. Engraving, 1848, by Wilhelm Lang.
FEBRUARY REVOLUTION 1917.
Unrest after the February Revolution: attempted coup by the Bolsheviks, Petrograd. Disarming of the First Machine Gun Battalion, which had come to the Bolsheviks with troops of the Provisional Government. Photograph, July 1917. Full credit: ullstein - Archiv Gerstenberg / Granger, NYC -- All rights reserved.
LABOR DAY PARADE, 1882.
The first Labor Day parade, held at Union Square, New York City, by Knights of Labor on September 5, 1882. Engraving from a contemporary American newspaper.
Colonel John Nixon making the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in the State House Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 8 July 1776. Color English line engraving, 1783.
JEAN EUGENE ROBERT HOUDIN
(1805-1871). French magician. Wood engraving, c1880, from an American edition of Houdin's Autobiography, depicting his first childhood encounter with a street magician.
JUVENILE CRIME, 1868.
A six year old, sentenced to the House of Refuge on Blackwell's Island, New York City, for vagrancy, pleads unavailingly for mercy for his first offense. Wood engraving from an American newspaper of 1868.
COLONIAL FLOGGING, c1633.
The flogging of Adam Roelandsen, the first schoolmaster at Fort Amsterdam (later New Amsterdam), c1633. Line engraving, American, 19th century.
MONTGOLFIER BALLOON, 1783.
The ascent above the palace of Versailles, France, 19 September 1783, of a Montgolfier hot-air balloon with a sheep, a duck, and a rooster as passengers. Hand-colored etching, French, 1783.
PARIS: MAY DAY, 1945.
The first May Day parade in Paris after the end of World War II.
POMPEII: STREET SCENE.
A street scene in Pompeii, 1st century AD. Lithograph by Antonio Niccolini, 19th century.
WASHINGTON: INAUGURATION, 1789.
The inauguration of George Washington as the first President of the United States at Federal Hall, New York City, 30 April 1789. After a painting by Ramon de Elorriaga, 1889.
JERUSALEM & TEMPLE.
Jerusalem, with Solomon's Temple at left center. German woodcut, 1486.
INDUSTRIAL PARADE, 1889.
School boys marching in the Industrial Parade in New York City held on 1 May 1889, as part of the centennial celebration of George Washington's first inauguration. Line engraving from a contemporary American newspaper.
(1732-1799). First President of the United States. George Washington's entry into New York, 25 November 1783. Lithograph, 1857, by Currier & Ives.
(1732-1799). First President of the United States. Statue of Washington at Union Square, New York City. Steel engraving, 19th century.
NEW MEXICO, c1882.
The junction of First and Railroad Streets (present-day Central Avenue) in Albuquerque, c1882.
CHINESE VOTING, 1880.
'The First Chinese Vote.' A Chinese-American waiting to vote in New York City during the presidential election of 1880. Wood engraving from a contemporary American newspaper.
FIRST BANK OF U.S., 1799.
The First Bank of the United States, in Third Street, Philadelphia: colored line engraving, 1799, by William Birch & Son.
LONDON: BEDFORD PARK, 1882.
Bedford Park, one of the first suburbs of London, England, planned in 1876. Chromolithograph, English, 1882.
PRINCE LOBKOWITZ'S PALACE
in Vienna, where Ludwig van Beethoven's Third Symphony, the 'Eroica', was performed for the first time in 1804: after a watercolor by R. Reuss, late 18th century.
SPAIN: SECOND CARLIST WAR.
A protest rally of women to demand release of prisoners during the Second Carlist War, 1872-1876. Line engraving, 1873.
VERDI: FALSTAFF, 1893.
Scene from the first performance of Giuseppe Verdi's opera 'Falstaff' at La Scala in Milan, Italy, 1893, with baritone Victor Maurel in the tital part. Wood engraving from a contemporary English newspaper.
(1902-1974). American aviator. Lindbergh rides up New York City's Broadway in a ticker-tape parade to a hero's welcome, 13 June 1927, after his first ever solo nonstop transatlantic flight.
JUVENILE CRIME, 1868.
A six year old, sentenced to the House of Refuge on Blackwell's Island, New York City, for vagrancy, pleads unavailingly for mercy for his first offense, 1868. Contemporary American wood engraving.
STREET ADVERTISING, 1842.
This parade of top-hatted placard men promoted the sale of the first issue of 'The Illustrated London News,' for 14 May 1842, the world's first picture newspaper.
ROME: SIEGE OF JERUSALEM.
The Temple in Jerusalem being set afire by the Roman forces under Emperor Titus in 70 A.D. Line engraving from an 18th century English edition, of Flavius Josephus' 'Works.'
PHILADELPHIA: U.S. MINT.
The first U.S. Mint Building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as it looked in the late 1790s. Painting by Edwin Lamasure (1867-1916).
Daguerreotype made in 1838 by Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre of a Paris boulevard, the first photograph to show a human being.
View of Decumano Inferior with the entry to the House of the Grand Portal, Herculaneum (UNESCO World Heritage, 1997), Campania. Roman Civilisation, 1st Century. Full Credit: DEA / G. DAGLI ORTI / Granger, NYC -- All rights re
Frontinus gate or North gate and street of proconsul Julius Frontinus, Hierapolis-Pamukkale (Unesco World Heritage List, 1988), Turkey. Roman civilisation, 1st-3rd century. Full credit: De Agostini Picture Library / Granger, NYC -- All Rights Reserved.
ALBANY: DUTCH HOUSE.
The house of the first Dutch governor at Albany, New York. Lithograph, French, 1826.
ATLANTIC CABLE PARADE 1858.
Sailors from the Niagara parading on Broadway past Mathew Brady's studio, after the laying of the first cable to Europe in 1858: colored wood engraving, 1858.
High Street with the First Presbyterian Church. Line engraving, 1799, by William Birch & Son.
DICKENS: OLIVER TWIST.
'Oliver claimed by his Affectionate Friends.' Etching by George Cruikshank to the first edition, 1837-38.
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