Happy National Aviation Day! Earlier this year, we were flying high (sorry, couldn’t resist!) when an archivist discovered this gem in the John Fenn Papers. Flugmaschine Wright is the first sales brochure for a Wright Brothers plane, published in 1909 after the company secured exclusive rights to manufacture Flyers in Germany. Flugmaschine Wright even predates the American Wright Company and the catalog is extremely rare; in addition to our copy, OCLC only lists copies at the Library of Congress and U.S. Air Force Academy.
This comic book published in 1960 by Editoral Novaro and titled Vidas Illustres gives us an exciting look into the life of Sir Humphry Davy. Born in 1778 this Cornish chemist is most known for his work with highly reactive elements also known as alkali metals. After an explosive accident in his lab in 1812 in which Davy lost two fingers and an eye he hired Michael Faraday to work in the lab, probably a good idea since Faraday went on to great discoveries of his own in the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry.
Advertisement for the Bradford Dyers’ Association from: Textile Mercury & Argus, v.121 no.3153 (Friday, September 9, 1949)
A first library multitasker — sorting by alphabet, numbers or Dewey’s classification scheme, except it seems for fiction, travel and Biography. Anyone know why these are separate within the Dewey scheme?