A HISTORY OF NEW YORK IN 50 OBJECTS

by Miryam Muller in


You may remember a joint project between the BBC and the British Museum to chart the history of the world in 100 objects which create a fascinating redux of the human experience. Well never backwards in coming forwards, New York now has its own list (although the team at the New York Times were modest enough to limit it to 50). The famous paper invited curators and historians to compile the selection which features everything from ticker tape to artichokes and ranges from a mastodon tusk from 11,000 BC to a contemporary election sign. The list charts the city’s historical, social, and cultural development and as you might expect there’s oodles of great design in there from taxi cabs to subway tickets to the bagel. It’s a really interesting take on this beautifully simple idea.

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