Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Oratorical Gestures

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on April 11, 2008

Images of the Delsarte system of expression, popularized in the 1880s
and found in the volume: The Popular Entertainer and Self-Instructor in Elocution
(Chicago: Conkey, 1898) [in the collection of the Beinecke Library as part of a salesman’s sample book, including Wood’s Natural History for Children]






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  1. Sour Grapes said, on April 13, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Great collection. I shall start using these without delay. Now where did that poor penniless widow go?

  2. Andrew said, on April 14, 2008 at 12:24 am

    These are great. I’d love to see all of them.

  3. wonko said, on May 12, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    very cool thanks for sharing

  4. mjgrogan said, on December 22, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Is there an image for incredulity? Most interesting and great blog!

  5. david in atlanta said, on November 8, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    If you look at pictures of political or religious speakers from the time period you’ll see some of these poses or similar. They look silly now but addressing thousands of people with no PA they woulda been helpful.

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