The Sunnyside Waltz, 1850

The charming, fairytale-looking cottage home of Washington Irving provided the inspiration for this waltz, composed in 1850. “Sunnyside Waltz” was written by Henry T. Oates and dedicated to a Miss Ella Ford of Augusta, Georgia. An original copy of the score sits on the rosewood piano found in Irving’s living room. “We are not musical”, reviewed the Southern Literary Messenger in 1850, “but that we … Continue reading The Sunnyside Waltz, 1850

Tarrytown Incorporation Centennial Medallion, 1970

Struck to commemorate the hundredth year anniversary of the official incorporation of the Village of Tarrytown in 1870. The medallion was made by the Medallic Art Company of New York, the oldest, largest private mint in America. The company has produced some of the world’s most prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer, Cooper & Peabody, as well as inaugural medals for eleven US Presidents. The … Continue reading Tarrytown Incorporation Centennial Medallion, 1970

A Brief History of Tarrytown, 1880

Published in 1880 to coincide with the centenary of the capture of Major André in September, 1780, this slight volume of just 24 pages, laid out a brief history of the village, focusing on the dramatic events of September 23rd. The volume came with a reproduction map ‘of Tarrytown as it was one hundred years ago’, notable for the spelling of the village as ‘Tarwe-town’, … Continue reading A Brief History of Tarrytown, 1880

J.H.Johnston Souvenir Spoons, c.1882

J.H.Johnston & Co. was a high end silversmiths and jewelry firm, located at 17, Union Square, New York. Started in 1844, the company specialized in highly decorative silverware and novelties, including a line of souvenir spoons commemorating notable New York figures. The coffee spoons included Rip Van Winkle, Peter Stuyvesant, and a rendering of the Headless Horseman based on Darley’s illustrations. The handle of the … Continue reading J.H.Johnston Souvenir Spoons, c.1882

Miniature Sleepy Hollow Village Ride, c.1900

This miniature train ride was an amusement at Euclid Beach Park, Cleveland, Ohio. It featured a tiny church and Ichabod Crane school house. The park itself opened in 1895, modeled after Brooklyn’s Coney Island. It had seven wooden rollercoaster, sideshows, beer halls and even gambling along side this charming representation of Sleepy Hollow Village. The amusement park’s owners aimed to ‘present nothing that would demoralize … Continue reading Miniature Sleepy Hollow Village Ride, c.1900

Ticket for the American Freedom Train, 1976

To celebrate the Bicentennial, the American Freedom Train was created, with 10 display cars pulled by steam engine, touring all the contiguous States. The train was filled with such treasures as the original Louisiana Purchase, Judy Garland’s dress from the Wizard of Oz, Martin Luther King Jr.’s pulpit, George Washington’s personal copy of the Constitution, and a piece of the moon. The train toured for … Continue reading Ticket for the American Freedom Train, 1976

New York Central System Railroad Timetable, 1949

The grand New York Central was one of the country’s great railways. Overseen by Cornelius Vanderbilt, and headquartered in the Helmsley Building next to its flagship Grand Central Terminal, the railway system ran such iconic locomotives as the futuristic looking, Art Deco gem, the 20th Century Limited. One of its main lines was the Hudson River Railroad, servicing commuters along the Hudson River. Back in … Continue reading New York Central System Railroad Timetable, 1949