Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

The Rise and Fall of Volapük

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on August 29, 2011

Four volumes of clippings tracing the first 10 years of the creation and promotion of Volapük,
a constructed language claimed to have been divinely given to Johann Schleyer, a German Priest.

Facts relating to the only tattooed lady

Posted in Beinecke Library, Yale Collection of American Literature by beineckepoetry on December 16, 2010

Facts relating to the only tattooed lady : being a full and complete account of the life and adventures of this young lady, the only tattoed female in the world, together with many extracts from the metropolitan press in reference to her, all clearly proving her to be one of the most remarkable and rarest curiosities now on exhibition or Facts relating to Mlle Aimee, the tattooed lady (New York: New York Popular Pub. Co. [1886?]).

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In Memoriam

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on September 30, 2008

A scrapbook of mementos, writings and artwork by Willie Paddock who died young, Yonkers, NY, ca. 1860s-1880s.

Urban puzzle

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on January 10, 2008

A wood block, lithographed puzzle featuring scenes of world cities.
Publisher unknown, ca. 1880s, possibly made in Germany.