Things About the New York Public Library

Life/Recreation - General
By: dptstretch    
25-Jul-2012

Introduction:The main research branch of the New York Public Library is an institution that has been around since 1885. Here are a few facts and things that have taken place there.

  • 01

    The Two Lions

    The main entrance is "guarded" by two large marble lions that are nicknamed Patience and Fortitude. That strikes me as odd...why wouldn't they just be named (instead of nicknamed)?

  • 02

    Depth of Collection

    According to a 1995 article, if all the collection were placed end to end, the volumes would stretch over 88 miles. The collection includes telephone books from nearly every country, maps, and materials appropriate for grade-schoolers to grandmas.

  • 03

    Ripley's Believe It or Not

    Robert LeRoy Ripley, ran his column as a one man operation for the first five years (1918-1923) and although he received a lot of mail, he was having trouble coming up with enough good material to keep going. In 1923, he hired a Polish immigrant who spoke 13 languages named Norbert Pearlroth. For more than 50 years, Pearlroth spent several days a week finding facts for Ripley.

  • 04

    Xerox

    Chester Carlson apparetnly worked for a an electronics firm in 1936 and was frustrated that there never seemed to be enough copies of the patent specifications. Choices were very limited for creating duplicates. He was described as a dreamer. He spent a lot of time at the library studying the little known field of photoconductivity. He set up a lab in a room over a bar and began experiments. By 1938 he applied for his first patent and between 1939 and 1944 more than 20 companies rejected his idea. It would be 1959 before the 914 copier was introduced by Xerox.

  • 05

    A Plan to Take on Coca-Cola

    In 1977 two twenty-somethings, (Sophia collier & Connie Best), had an idea to make a a drink that was not high calorie and full of artificial stuff. It really started almost as a joke, but they spent hours pouring over the science and technology of soda-making. Not too long into the process, they decided that soda-making wasn't all that high tech and headed back to the kitchen. The worked with a local plant to brew their first 50 cases on credit and sold the product door to door, deli by deli...and sold 72,000 bottles for a profit of $1 by the end of 1978. They named their brand Soho, developed a dozen flavors, and sold to Seagram's in 1989 for roughly $15 million.




Final Thoughts

I've always thought that libraries were magical places and I still like to go several times a year. As a kid, we used to get 8m films of cartoons, Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, and documentaries. As an adult, I like to read and explore...mostly non-fiction, how to, self help, and biographies.




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  • goodselfme 7/25/2012 Flag This Comment

    Since I spent a lot of my growing up years in New York, I know you list somewhat but enjoyed learning some too.The New York Library is quite a wonderful place.

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