Cart 0

What Darwin Saw: Sketchbooks from the voyage of the HMS Beagle added to Cambridge Digital Library January 20, 2015 – Posted in: Content, In the Stacks, Libraries, Special Collections, Video

Charles Darwin considered it to be one of the most formative journeys of his life. His diary and scientific journal of his time aboard the HMS Beagle, now best known as The Voyage of the Beagle, was a bestseller. It was also on this voyage that the first seeds of his masterwork, Origin of Species, were planted. Now thanks to Cambridge University the entire sketchbooks of Conrad Martens, a shipmate of Darwin’s on the HMS Beagle, are…

Continue reading

Cream of Wheat and the Golden Age of Illustration January 12, 2015 – Posted in: Art, Content, Illustration

From 1903-1928 The Cream of Wheat Co. ran a national advertising campaign to promote their “breakfast porridge.” The campaign featured American illustrators and appeared in the leading periodicals of the day. Lucky for them their campaign ran  during the time of Americas Golden Age of Illustration. They hired the likes of  N. C. Wyeth, James Montgomery Flagg, Jessie Willcox Smith and J. C. Leyendecker to help spread the word.  By the time Cream of Wheat was acquired by Nabisco in 1962 the campaign…

Continue reading

Happy New Calendar! A Sampling of Calendars at the DPLA January 11, 2015 – Posted in: Content, graphic design, In the Stacks, Libraries, Special Collections

Now that we have our new calendar in place to help track the year ahead let’s have a look back at some of the thousands of calendars available for your perusal at the Digital Public Library of America, DPLA. Derived from the Latin word kalendae, which was the name of the first day of every month, there are as many varieties of calendars as there are days of the month.  From a 12th century Book of Hours to…

Continue reading

And a happy new year…Holiday Cards by Poets December 31, 2014 – Posted in: book arts, Content, Exhibits, graphic design, In the Stacks, Special Collections

Postcard by Alice Notley. Photograph: Courtesy of Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, MARBL, Emory University As the 2104 holiday season wraps up let’s finish the year with a look at how some of our most beloved poets shared the holiday love. Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets currently on view at Poet’s House features over 40 works by poets who included creative correspondence as a component of their offerings.       “Holiday cards, valentines, birthday greetings, rare…

Continue reading