Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Grimaces (changeable)

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on November 23, 2011

A paper toy from France that uses two wheels and a sliding strip to combine different facial features.

“Gd. cirque des folies élastiques intermède des grimaces d’O’Gus'” (circa 1900?)

The Grandpère of the MAD Fold-in

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on October 25, 2011

Shades of Al Jaffee and MAD Magazine . . .

A printed and folded novelty celebrating Louis XVIII, King of France, 1814-1824.
(Published by J.B. Verzy, circa 1814).

The piece unfolds to spell out the virtues of the man who ruled during the Bourbon Restoration.

Fröbelgabe (or kindergarten pixelation)

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on October 21, 2010

A beautiful example of a kindergarten exercise – specifically the 14th of Friedrich Fröbel’s “gifts”
intended to allow young children free range of play and expression.
This 26-panel paper weaving book shows a variety of patterns,
including one page with the makers initials and the date of creation.

This example is apparently American, from 1892, made by “M. Kistler”

Rascal, Villain, Coward,

Posted in Beinecke Library, Modern General Collection by beineckepoetry on June 17, 2010

“Plan for the improvement of the art of paper war” from: The American museum; or, Universal magazine, 1787 May.

Evidence of follies past

Posted in Beinecke Library, Modern General Collection by beineckepoetry on May 12, 2009

An exceedingly rare paper share for an English company traded at the height of the stock mania in the summer of 1720 – perhaps the only known survival of this iconic type of object that appears in numerous satirical prints and plays from the period as the symbol of folly – worthless bits of paper being blown by the wind of speculation.