Nicholas's Traveling Case
Nicholas's Traveling Case

A gift from the New York Public Library staff at Anne Carroll Moore's retirement

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Cinderella carriage
Cinderella carriage
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Dominoes, small shells, tool kit
Dominoes, small shells, tool kit

Amber box

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Wooden hornbook
Wooden hornbook

NK carved on back

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Leather wallet, paper money
Leather wallet, paper money
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Leather wallet, paper money
Leather wallet, paper money
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Handmade book
Handmade book

By Marcia Brown

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Handmade book
Handmade book

Marcia Brown

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NICHOLAS'S TREASURES

Often when children gathered around her, Anne Carroll Moore reached into her handbag and pulled out a small wooden doll named Nicholas Knickerbocker.  The children loved hearing about Nicholas’s adventures. He seemed so real that they wondered if he came alive at night. When Miss Moore planned a party for them, she would say, “Oh, that was Nicholas’s idea.” Famous writers and artists wrote Nicholas letters and sent him tiny gifts—a gold Easter egg from Russia, a crystal heart, and a miniature tool chest with a wrench that really worked. Nicholas even had his own stationery. Anne Carroll Moore wrote two children’s books about Nicholas’s adventures.

​Special thanks to Anne Carroll Darger for making Nicholas's treasures available.

Photos by Cristy Powell.