Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

A Barrel full of Rhymes

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on June 19, 2012

A curious object – a small wooden barrel housing a strip of linen printed with Alphabet rhymes.Circa 1880.

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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 Laughable Game of What D’Ye Buy

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on October 31, 2011

A set of a popular card game.

This edition published around 1850 by S. Hart & Co. in Philadelphia.

No rules included.

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Phenakistiscope

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on September 15, 2011

The Phenakistastcope or Magic Disc Edinburgh: Published by Forrester & Nichol, Lithographers, 10 George Street, & John Dunn, option 50 Hanover Square. [1832-1833].

A set of round prints for use in a phenakistiscope, an early device that took advantage of persistence of vision to show continuous motion, including several designed by Edward Sang, and published by the maker of optical instruments, John Dunn.