1. “Rainbow and Lucky,” p. 84, from Stories of Rainbow and Lucky: Three Pines, by Jacob Abbott (New York, 1860). Courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Rainbow’s Mail-bag

In this 1861 story, white society treats a teenaged African American postal rider with dignity and respect.

John James Audubon, “Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis),” Havell plate no. 26. Object number 1863.17.26, New-York Historical Society.  The piece was executed on paper and attached to card (75.6 x 54 cm), with watercolor, graphite, pastel, gouache, black ink, and with selective glazing and scraping. The last Carolina Parakeet died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1918, and the species was officially declared extinct in 1939. Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society. Digital image created by Oppenheimer Editions.

The Heart of Audubon

Five unpublished letters (1825–1830) reveal the ornithologist’s dream and how he (almost) achieved it

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