Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Works of Industry of All Nations

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on August 30, 2010

A scrapbook, compiled by William Paxon, an exhibitor at The Great Exhibition of 1851 (The Crystal Palace Exhibition). In addition to flyers and cards gathered at the stalls of fellow exhibitors, Paxon appears to have helped himself to examples of placards that were intended to remain where they were.

Paxon, from Hampstead, exhibited a device called the “Lunarian, an improved contrivance for showing phases of the moon.”

The Agnes Magazine

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on August 26, 2010

A handmade magazine by Gelett Burgess, created for his crush, Agnes Bouchard, while living in London in 1898.


Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection, Yale Collection of American Literature by beineckepoetry on August 19, 2010

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And now, a more exacting route to heaven:  “Survey or table declaring the order of the causes of salvation and damnation according to God’s word …”

From: Perkins, William, 1558-1602.  The workes of that famovs and vvorthy minister of Christ, in the Vniversitie of Cambridge, Mr. W. Perkins … Newly corrected according to his owne copies … [London] Printed by Iohn Legate, printer to the Vniuersitie of Cambridge, 1608-31.

Divine Comedy

Posted in Beinecke Library, James Weldon Johnson Collection by beineckepoetry on August 12, 2010

A photograph of the first production of Owen Dodson’s Divine Comedy, based on the life of the religious leader Father Divine, at the Yale University Theatre, February, 1938.

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Whisper Campaign

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on August 9, 2010

An issue of Whisper from June, 1956, an example of the gossip-fueled tabloids that multiplied in the 1950s,
answering (and creating) the American public’s thirst for scandals – especially about
actors and actresses, and exposés of the underbelly of the middle class.

Among such articles about wife-swapping in the suburbs and crime rings for hire,
are overtly hostile profiles of gay men, including the pan of Liberace’s first starring role in a film
and a frank open letter to Tennessee Williams penned by his “old friend,” Max Maxwell.

The magazine is also filled with ads promising body-reshaping, sex tips, and
and the extremely practical “hair-do cutouts” from Hollywood Hair-Do (located on Long Island).

Frame backs

Versos of a few framed paintings in the Beinecke Library’s collection.

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Posted in Beinecke Library by beineckepoetry on August 2, 2010

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