Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

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”)

A Woman’s Paradise

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on October 3, 2011

UNION FRANÇAISE DES INDUSTRIES EXPORTATRICES. l’Elegance Francaise. Paris Ateliers d’Impressions et de Cartonnages d’Art, [1940].

A deluxe book showcasing all of the beautiful products a woman can find in Paris. Intended for distribution at the World’s Fair in New York in 1940, this item never made in across the ocean, due to the occupation of Paris in June, 1940. Contributing authors include Marcel Prévost on Robes; Ferdinand Divoire on Chapeaux; Abel Bonnard on Bijoux; and Maurice Rostand on Parfums.

Going Up

Posted in Beinecke Library by beineckepoetry on December 10, 2009

The Eiffel Tower under construction, 1888-1889.

And completed, as seen in 1941.

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: