Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Blogs and More Blogs!

Thanks to David Appleton for sending along a great list of blogs that might of interest to my readers.  You'll see this blog listed under "Personal Heraldic Blogs."  Thank you, David!

Blogs of Heraldry Societies
Heraldry Society of Scotland:
Onward: The Heraldry Society of New Zealand:
Royal Heraldry Society of Canada:
Personal Heraldic Blogs

Armorial des Rues de Paris:
Cheshire Heraldry Web Journal:
Heráldica en la Argentina:
Héraldique européenne... le blog:
Heraldry: Musings on an esoteric topic:
NYC [New York City] Heraldry:
Tiempos de Historia: Historia, Nobleza y Heráldica:
Tout sur l'héraldique: dessin de blasons et d'armoiries:

Monday, August 13, 2012

David Appleton's Blog

I thought our readers might be interested in this blog by David Appleton:

David has kindly linked to my blog -- a nice surprise!  Thank you, David.

Readers, if you know of a worthwhile blog on heraldry, please send me the link.  Though the focus of my blog is on heraldry in/around New York City, I'm always glad to learn of other interesting resources.

Lots and Lots of Letters ... and Heraldry

This afternoon, I received a very interesting email from Jon von Briesen of New Jersey.  Earlier this summer, as he went into the James A. Farley Post Office on Eighth Avenue, Manhattan (or, as I know it, the main post office), Jon took pictures of the ceiling medallions.

He reports, "In June, I was in the city to catch a train. I had some bill payments that needed to be mailed in a hurry. I took the opportunity to post them at the central post office, across from Penn Station/ Madison Square Garden. Recessed medallions on the ceiling each held arms of some nation. The display is pretty eurocentric. As far as I can see, the heraldry is correct. France might have gotten some more pictorial treatment --- fasces, perhaps."

Readers:  Would you like to help identify the shields captioned with numbers only?

Here are Jon's photos.  Perhaps next time you're in the neighborhood, you'll stop and look up!  Many thanks for getting in touch, Jon!  Please send us more heraldic photos from your travels in and out of town.




Republic of France

Great Britain

United States of America

German Empire

Russian Empire


Austro-Hungarian Empire

#11:  Medallions in Context

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Date Change: The Heraldry of American Presidents

Arms of President Chester A. Arthur

Please note an important change.

The date of this talk, originally September 17, has been moved to September 24.  You won't want to miss this informative, interesting evening.

Time:  6 p.m., followed by refreshments

Place:  The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society offices, 36 West 44th Street, Room 711, Manhattan.

Cost:  Free; open to the public.

This talk is sponsored by the College of Arms Foundation in partnership with the Committee on Heraldry of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

Reservations are suggested: email or post a comment here with your name and contact information.

Here are the details.  Hope to see you there!

September 24, 2012
Presenter: Joseph McMillan
Topic: The heraldry of American Presidents.
Details: This talk will cover both hereditary arms of early US presidents and also more recent granted arms. Mr. McMillan is a governor-at-large of the American College of Heraldry. A career civil servant with over 28 years of service in the Department of Defense, he is a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies.