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Lovers of historical and cultural ephemera should prepare themselves for this website, which has been years in the making and is an absolute gem for anyone interested in the potential of large-scale digital galleries. The NYPL Digital Gallery is The New York Public Library's new image database, which currently contains over 275,000 items for online viewing. Just to give users a sense of what they might find on the site, some of the items include Goya's Disasters of War, George Caitlin's North American Indian Portfolio, and of course, some lovely cityscapes of New York City's Fifth Avenue. Given the staggering number of images here, it is not surprising that there are a broad range of thematic collections that will help users navigate the database's holdings. The site also contains a "Curator's Choice" section, which features hundreds of American posters printed from 1893 through the early years of the 20th century. Overall, this site will warrant many return visits and is both elegant and easy to use.
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Date of Scout Publication 2005-03-25
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