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Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

A souvenir from the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, an attraction that allowed visitors to view the moon through a giant telescope. The imagery for the attraction may be related to the Georges Méliès 1898 film "La Lune à un mètre" (or "The Astronomer's Dream")
November 8, 2011
A set of a popular card game. This edition published around 1850 by S. Hart & Co. in Philadelphia. No rules included.
October 31, 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.
October 25, 2011
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has acquired the papers of American writer, poet, naturalist, and activist Terry Tempest Williams.
October 20, 2011
Jeu d’Herbes Medicinales par Kneipp [Germany, c. 1905] A board game based on alternative medicine theories promoted by the Catholic priest Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897) who became known for his herbal remedies.  
October 17, 2011
Selected images from a set of transparent playing cards. When held to a light source, an image with a proverb can be seen. Unknown maker, but likely US, circa 1870. See all cards here: beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/getSETS.asp?ITEM=2039620 
October 10, 2011

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