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[You Asked] Where Does Satinwood Come From?

December 27, 2011Today’s blog is part of an occasional series dedicated to answering visitors’ questions. Satinwood has one of those thoroughly non-mysterious names that tells you exactly what you’re going to get: wood that looks like satin.Read Article

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A Gilded Age Christmas Dinner

December 24, 2011(This blog is the final in a short series of snapshots that illustrate how Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries came upon or celebrated certain holiday traditions.)Read Article

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“Dolls, Toys, and Holiday Fancy Goods”

December 19, 2011[This blog is the second in a short series of snapshots that illustrate how Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries came upon or celebrated certain holiday traditions.]Read Article

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O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum

December 15, 2011As you settle into winter holiday traditions of your own—re-watching that Rudolph claymation film, stringing popcorn and cranberries to hang on the tree, and dining on fried catfish and Austrian potato salad on Christmas Eve were a few of my own childhood favorites—here’s a look at how many Americans during the Gilded Age celebrated “the most wonderful time of the year.”Read Article

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[From the Collection] The White Knight

December 08, 2011Since summer there has been a blank spot above the Drawing Room piano just begging for a painting, and three weeks ago Sir Galahad arrived and saved the day.Read Article

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Of Gilded Age and Italy: Or, Why Pierpont Morgan Used Someone Else’s Family Crest

December 03, 2011The Nickerson Mansion has nearly 20 galleries on its three floors and design-wise, each room is pretty much doing its own thing. Walk into the drawing room, and bam. All the noble delicacy of Louis XIV France.Read Article