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 √©lastiques interm√®de 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.