Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

False Stories Corrected

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on January 26, 2009

One tale from an 1822 collection for young readers
intent on disproving such mythic creatures as The Mermaid,
The Harpie, The Centaur, and this fellow, who is well known
in New England (especially this Winter).

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Le champion du monde

Posted in Beinecke Library by beineckepoetry on August 25, 2008

Cover image: Leon See, Le champion du monde Jack Johnson,

Paris : Imp. Paul Dupont, [1910?]

What a {fisher} man!

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on January 24, 2008

Scrapbooks kept by Jack Lamb, world-famous bass and fly-fisherman,
who was said to have fished every day for 17 years, straight.
Lamb was hired by Gulf Oil Co. to travel and lecture around Texas and Louisiana.
The 13 scrapbooks, ranging between 1933-1943 document his career
as a professional sportsman and as a commercial photographer,
focusing on sports, wildlife, and car crashes.

Fishing in Barton Springs.



Scrapbook cover.




Note Will Rogers’ free-flowing, almost Steinian writing style.