Behold the amazing, incredible, not-edible Victorian peep egg, featuring a series of miniature prints showcasing the engineering might that is the Thames Tunnel! FYI, the awesome gif was created by one of our phenomenal student employees!
The Peabody Wunderkammer (from the “cabinet of wonders” that is the predecessor to the modern-day museum) is very much worth following, for more of the same special collections goodness you find here on Houghton’s Tumblr.
Tape is Evil …
Archivists and conservators both know all too well. Numerous methods of tape manufacture and composition lead to an infinite ways to degrade items, yet the worst is that classic, yellow, creeping, oozing, oily, incredibly sticky mess.
Full treatment can be lengthy and difficult. So what can NARA do when a record needs to be accessed right away, but there are a number of pages firmly stuck together? Cellulose powder to the rescue! Once the pages are carefully separated and the tape carriers are removed, cellulose powder (AKA Ashless powder) can be used to remove the adhesive. The loose fibers that make up cellulose powder are soft and stick to the adhesive once in contact with it. With careful handling, the powder picks up the adhesive, allowing removal of the adhesive layer from the page. Although this treatment does not reverse the damage to the page from the degraded tape, the pages are free and usable!
Crawhall’s Chap-book Chaplets on Flickr.
He knows what he knows! Don’t question the owl! His talons were made for, well, you know … .
"Icon Regis Quoniambec," from Aldrovandi, Ulisse, 1522-1605? Monstrorum historia, 1642.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Cy Twombly: From Natural History, Part I, Mushrooms 1974
Lithograph and mixed media on paper
The Lafourche Louisiana Parish Public Library is facing the most offensive opposition I’ve ever seen in a library election: “ ‘They’re teaching Mexicans how to speak English,’ the council chairman said in reference to Biblioteca Hispana, a Hispanic-language segment of thesegment of the Golden Meadow library branch. ‘Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico. There’s just so many things they’re doing that I don’t agree with. … Them junkies and hippies and food stamps (recipients) and all, they use the library to look at drugs and food stamps (on the Internet). I see them do it.’ ”
That’s a quote from Mr. Lindel Toups, chair of the Parish Council in Lafourche, LA. Mr. Toups is orchestrating a “special election” this Saturday to take money away from the library to build a new jail. Yes, literally taking money from the library to build a new jail. He wants to redirect money already dedicated to the library – an institution that educates all ages, helps people find jobs, connects them to social services, and is a place of self-discovery and community identity – to build a new jail. And he’s running a Saturday election to try and do it.
W. Vrolik. 19th century