Musical Machines and Living Dolls

The Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata

Machines that play music. Monkeys that ride bikes. Banjos, pianos, and violins that serenade with the drop of a coin. All these mechanical marvels are part of the Morris Museum's renowned Guinness Collection, one of the finest of its kind in the world. This book, written to accompany the exhibition by the same name, tells their story in rich detail through the objects, historic documents, and spectacular imagery.  




Brooklyn! An Illustrated History

Talk show host Larry King called this book "the best history of my hometown I've ever read." Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (12th District, NY) called it "an intriguing and comprehensive depiction of the patchwork metropolis we affectionately call 'Brooklyn.'" Winner of a New York Society Library New York City Book Award, Brooklyn! An Illustrated History takes readers on a journey through time via the rich collections of the Brooklyn Historical Society.




Turnpike Treasures

The Souvenirs and Stuff that Celebrate an American Phenomenon

Written to accompany the New Jersey Historical Society's exhibition, What Exit? New Jersey and Its Turnpike, this little book tells the big story of the material culture of the road--and the people who give the highway life, from toll collectors to travelers. 

The Heart of a City, the Heart of a Company

100 Years of Cascade and Brooklyn

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Brooklyn's Cascade Linen and Laundry Company wanted something different than the usual company history. This publication satisfies that request. Based on detailed research, it imagines a day in the life of a late 19th-century routeman, who encounters horses, speeding trolleys, and the new automobile as he delivers clean aprons to city butchers--then compares it with a day in the life of Sammy Fortyz, who navigates the city by truck at the end of the 20th century. Through their challenges, the book shows Cascade's role in metropolitan New York.

A Place Along the Raymondskill

Beaver Lake Through Time

Written for a private client as a history of a summer camp-turned-vacation-home, this book explores 103 acres along the Raymondskill Creek in Pike County, Pennsylvania. Using primary documents and oral histories, it brings to life the  1920s' Beaver Lake Camp for Boys, where, "during the summer," a promotional brochure affirmed, "we are a family." It also tracks the property through time, telling a story of place and of transformation, of the ways that Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, European immigrants, and others found a place to make a start or to reinvent themselves.