Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Ombres chinoises

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on October 9, 2007

A group of French finger shadow puppets from World War I depicting combatants from many sides, along with requisite tools of engagement: gun, sword, bottles of booze.

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In action:


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  1. gluekit said, on October 10, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Wow! Nancy and Tim– this has to be one of my favorite Room 26 posts ever. These shadow puppets are marvelous and the action shots are perfect! Thanks for sharing these. It’s an inspiring collection. Best wishes, Kathleen

  2. Ralf said, on October 11, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks !
    I still do not know what has been in the bottle nr. “75” !
    I hope I will find out soon ….

  3. nbm said, on October 15, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    Perhaps it’s just 75ml. There is a drink called the “French 75” but it’s a champagne cocktail with gin, lemon, & simple syrup, not something you’d buy in a bottle.

    This is a fabulous blog. Thanks.

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