A “cathedral of books?” Sign us up! Scenes from this weekend’s reception at the George Peabody Library during the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference in Baltimore. Home to a general reference collection containing more than 300,000 titles, the Peabody boasts such treasures as a first edition of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and a notable collection of Don Quixote volumes, among other gems. We were lucky enough to get a private tour of the rare book room, as well as sip cocktails in the stunning Stack Room. Designed by Baltimore architect Edmund G. Lind, the Stack Room contains five tiers of ornamental cast iron balconies rising to a soaring skylight 61 feet above the floor. A cathedral of books, indeed!
Special thanks to everyone at peabodywunderkammer for being such wonderful hosts, as well as to all of our friends from ismarchives, hspdigitallibrary, udspeccoll, documentinghershey, and many others who attended our session on social media. Happy to count ourselves among your fabulous ranks!
First Joe Biden, now a Prince! Yes, that’s H.R.H Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh touring a Dow Agrochemicals facility in 1960. Anyone know why the Prince was visiting Dow? Send us your best jolly good guess below!
All photographs from the Dow Chemical Company Historical Image Collection.
So what’s your guess?
Cat on a hot tin roof? No. Cat on a glass roof.
Advertisement from Zeitschrift für die gesamte Textil-Industrie (1930s)
Looking for a Halloween costume for 2? Grab some potato sacks and sew them together like these ladies did! The horse head might take some extra work. The riders make a nice accessory too.
I drew the cover for this week’s New Yorker.
This room’s feng shui is perfect!