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Spring Cleaning Time

Posted March 29, 2017  Will be cleaning up my files during the next few weeks. If I find anything interesting, I will post. If not, I will be back shortly,

Note” if you recived a post  “Bank Notes” please let me know…. my system has been acting funny and this would be a good timeforme  to correcc any problems

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Images of Value

The Artwork Behind U.S. Security Engraving 1830s-1980s


Grolier Club – 47 East 60th Street February 22-April 29, 2017

I happened to come across this exhibition by chance. In a previous post I mentioned going to the St. Pat’s parade and finding a 9 ft. Statue of Liberty on East 61st Street. Well. Coming back, on East 60th Street,  I noticed that the Grolier Club had an exhibition about money – my grandson has always had a fascination with coin-paper collecting so, it was a must to go inside for a look.

The Exhibition Hall

Before the Civil War, banks were chartered by the states, and most local banks issued their own bank notes. This created a large demand for quality paper money and gave rise to a thriving group of bank-note engraving firms, effectively making the U.S. the world leader in security engraving by the late 1850s. Picture engraving was the key defense against counterfeiting.

Exquisite miniature drawings needed to be drawn in the (often very small) size to be engraved.


The exhibition surveys 150 years of images in watercolor drawings, prints, photographs, and oil paintings that were used as engraving subjects by US bank-note firms as well as other. Also, bank notes of 15 countries, from Argentina to China, are represented. Each of which was produced in the United States.




From beautiful genre and Civil War watercolor drawings of the nineteenth century, to large allegorical oil paintings of the twentieth century, to a range of prints and photographs of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the art that graced currency and securities can be seen.


Engraving for use on expensive wine.

Visitors can see a remarkable range of original wash drawings and paintings, period photographs and prints used to engrave the images on documents of value.

These were classified as engineering drawings


Great choice for your bank note.



My Notes

The exhibit was arranged very well. It started from the earliest use having to etch engravings on small pieces of metal to the use of wash drawings and then to photography.

I left with a better impression of what miniature etchings artists had to create and to see their finished engravings on actual notes was worth the visit. Even better, it was free.






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Macy’s Flower Show – 2017

Saturday, I missed my subway stop and head to go to the next one. Adjust and switch platforms, go back and regroup…End result I had to get off at Herald Square. I walked out of the subway looking straight at Macy’s windows full of flowers. Well it wasn’t my original destination – which was Korea Town – but a look inside had to be done.

This was the first day of the annual Flower Show kicks and runs through April 9. I didn’t spend too much time inside but here is a brief summary. I just explored the main floor and a few of the windows facing Broadway. There were floral displays of bumper cars, roller coasters and a Ferris wheel, all designed a “Carnival” theme. The following photos will walk you through the main aisle of the store.

For additional events during  the week go here








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NYC – Statue of Liberty – Mini

Today,  I was off to watch the St Patrick’s Day Parade. I thought that the area  around the east 60’s and Central Park would be best. From the subway at Lexington Ave I made my way down Lex to east 61st Street On my walks I slow my pace and try to enjoy the walk and maybe find  something new. (at least to me.)

I found myself outside of 667 East 61st Street looking at a 9 ft tall Statue of Liberty. My first thought was that somebody made a smaller copy and placed it here in front of a building to attract a passer-by.

The plaque  gave me more details:

It cost over 1 million dollars – and according to French law, only 12 copies can ever be made from the original mould. She’s the only one here in the United States.


I did not think to get up close (should have known better) but later found out that you  can see details that you cannot be seen looking at the larger statue.

For example, did you know that there are broken chains at her feet? They represent our freedom from oppression and tyranny.

From Google











The seven-pointed crown she wears represents the seven seas and the seven continents of the world.

From Google










The statue was purchased by The Hartz Group where it  now proudly sits.

Added Bonus

Hint: don’t ignore the insides buildings… this  lobby has a museum quality 16th century Knight’s of Armor and an original 17th century Royal Goblin Tapestry. Only in NYC.

Oh by the way, the parade was great!

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NYC – Chelsea – Rubin Art Museum

NYC – Chelsea – Rubin Art Museum

Chelsea is known for its art galleries, hotels, restaurants, and nightlife that cater to an energetic crowd. It is home to numerous galleries, with the epicenter of the art scene out on 10th and 11th avenues.  and the area of West Chelsea  has become a new global center of contemporary art, home to over 200 art galleries.  Along with the art galleries, Chelsea is home to the Rubin Museum of Art, with a focus on Himalayan art.

There are delightful discoveries at the Rubin Museum of Art. The exhibitions represent a splendid diversity of Asia’s cultures, regions, and iconography – beautifully curated and exhibited in creative and innovative ways, including through the vehicles of community events and multimedia presentations. The museum’s permanent collection of art from the Himalayan region is expertly documented and engaging and there is always something new to learn about and enjoy.




Prayer Wheel

The effect is created by handmade kaleidoscopes that are mounted on the camera lens and built with glass and crystals from the region. By allowing natural light to filter in, the resulting images evoke an inverted triangle, a symbol in Tibetan Buddhism that represents the search for equilibrium and equanimity. Continue Reading »

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NYC – 2017 – Chinese New Year – Firecrackers – More

Chinese New Year’s Day Firecracker Festival

I got a chance to visit Chinatown during the first day of the Lunar New Year, January 28. this Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival, started a week-long celebration of performances, vendors, and giveaways and on this day, plenty of  firecrackers.


Thousands of these are sold, almost everyone of them is used on the streets.

This Chinatown  party featured was full of people and had all sorts of  food and festivities for all ages. It was an enjoyable day to welcome in  the Year of the Rooster. During this lively affair, hundreds of thousands of the sparkly explosives are set off to ward off bad spirits for 2017. Here are some highlights.

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In Chinatown is that many things are looking at you.

Note: There is still time to celebrate1 at the 18th Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
Sunday, February 5, 2017

You can find fresh fish at a very reasonable price.


Many interesting moments when you are just wandering.

Young women mix of the traditional and the modern.

Back to the eyes.


A few of the “other” photos.

This is a brief video to let you listen to the noise.   VIDEO

Previous Posts about Chinatown

Chinatown’s Charm

Joss Paper – Funerals


Hand Fans


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NYC – Three Kings Parade – Celebration – 2017


For four decades El Museo del Barrio has celebrated and promoted the Three Kings Day tradition with an annual parade. This year’s march begins at 106th Street and Lexington Avenue and travels to Third Avenue to end at 115th Street and Park Avenue. The procession features camels, colorful puppets, floats, and thousands of students and other community members as participants.

It is a small event as NYC events go. It is mostly parents of participating children that line the streets. This but one of many activities that make NYC neighborhoods great.


and  the cleanup crew…


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