Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Gertrude in repose

Posted in Beinecke Library, Yale Collection of American Literature by beineckepoetry on April 26, 2012

On view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, through June 3, 2012: The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde.

Gertrude Stein in the Luxembourg Gardens, 1907.

The Moon at one Meter

Posted in Beinecke Library, Modern General Collection by beineckepoetry on November 8, 2011

A souvenir from the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, an attraction that allowed visitors to view the moon through a giant telescope.

The imagery for the attraction may be related to the Georges Méliès 1898 film “La Lune à un mètre” (or “The Astronomer’s Dream”)

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.”

You Are More Beautiful Than You Think.

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on March 8, 2010

 At least that’s what Jean Dubuffet wanted us to know with his exhibition in 1947.

This poster enters the Beinecke collection along with another wonderful
print marking the publication of Dubuffet’s illustrated version of Jean Paulhan’s Métromanie.

Admit One (or Two)

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection, Yale Collection of American Literature by beineckepoetry on December 7, 2009

An assortment of tickets in Beinecke Library collections.

A 1000 mile ticket on the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe Railway Company, 1901:

An airplane ticket for Alfred Stieglitz, 1929:

Admission to the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia:

The 1939 Golden Gate Exposition:

And Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, 1900 and 1892: