Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Façade (troisième partie)

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on August 13, 2012

More portraiture by Pierre et Gilles, of an artfully made up Iggy Pop, an assortment of club-goers –
and a characteristic shot of Karl Lagerfeld.

Façade (première partie)

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on August 8, 2012

Pages from Façade, a magazine published approximately twice yearly in Paris between 1976 – 1983.
Taking inspiration from Interview Magazine, Façade covered cultural high life in france, documenting night clubbing, music, fashion, and general fabulousness.

The first example shows an article about Guy Cuevas Carrion a Cuban-born writer who morphed into one of the trendiest DJs during the disco years, holding court at Club Sept in Paris. He also recorded several singles, including the legendary “Obsession

[Please alert the editors of Room 26 if anyone makes a mix of the songs listed in the interview!]

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Bikini Girl

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on April 1, 2010

Issue #3 of Bikini Girl (February 1979), when the L.E.S. was the Lower East Side,
and the Mudd Club was the Mudd Club.
(With paper doll cutouts of Fred and Cindy from the B-52s!!!)

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The Jumble Club

Posted in Beinecke Library, Cary Playing Card Collection by beineckepoetry on May 4, 2009

The records of The Jumble Club, a group dedicated to playing whist (and *only* whist) which thrived in Glasgow, Scotland, approximately between 1799 and 1877.
The records consist of 4 ledgers containing minutes of meetings, with additional meeting minutes, inventories, insurance policy, checkbook. flyers and other related papers and ephemera.

And they came in a lovely metal coffer, complete with a set of keys, none of which fit the box lock.

Hats on a shelf; Chairs on a porch

Posted in Beinecke Library, Yale Collection of American Literature by beineckepoetry on July 24, 2008

From a series of photographs gathered by Langston Hughes of the Club Atenas in Havana, Cuba, 1931.
[More photos can be found in the Beinecke Digital Image database (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/). Search for the keywords “hughes cuba”.

[These calm, enigmatic scenes are also perfect to mark the one year anniversary of the launch of Room 26 – showing the type of curious intriguingly and beautiful material we look for in our collections.]

 

What’s for dinner, Mary?

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on March 20, 2008

An advertising flyer from the Dorian Book Service, which offered
gay- and lesbian-themed publications in the 1960s.

[View the large size to read the hilarious introduction –
using what can be considered today “sanctioned vocabulary”.]

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