The Vanderbilt Mansion In Hyde Park, New York

If this 54 room home looks a little bit small for something with both “Vanderbilt” and “Mansion” in its name, maybe it’s because Hyde Park was just one of several houses Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt owned. They also had a New York City townhouse, of course, and at various times, a Newport, Rhode Island mansion…… Continue reading The Vanderbilt Mansion In Hyde Park, New York

Art and Design of the New York Central Railroad

The other fab Jazz Age exhibit at the Albany Institute of History and Art is Romancing the Rails: Train Travel in the 1920s and 1930s, which focuses on the New York Central Railroad. It’s cool to see the original paintings for some of their now classic advertising posters. There’s also a lot of items from…… Continue reading Art and Design of the New York Central Railroad

Jazz Age Adventurers: Fashion Edition

At the Albany Institute of History and Art: Fashionable Frocks of the 1920s showcases the adventurous dresses of the Jazz Age. Silk Evening Coat, 1929. Quintessential flapper dress in silk and rayon exemplified the “relaxed morals” of the decade. Chiffon “Bab” dress, c. 1925, Paris. If you couldn’t afford a Paris original, Montgomery Wards and…… Continue reading Jazz Age Adventurers: Fashion Edition

DNA Study of Birds, Extinction, and Demography

This paper by Smith, Gehara, and Harvey was released earlier this year (currently behind a paywall): The demography of extinction in eastern North American birds. Supplementary material can be viewed here. The DNA study included passenger pigeon and four other extinct bird species. From the abstract: We found extinct species harboured lower genetic diversity and…… Continue reading DNA Study of Birds, Extinction, and Demography