Bravo to Mr. Doug Reside, the Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator for the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library (NYPL) for the Performing Arts (Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Billy Rose Theatre Division) for this piece.
Mr. Reside brilliantly uses the opportunity of the new Broadway musical on Hamilton’s life to open the vaults of The Archive of NYPL & show off some of the recently digitized collections.
In the musical Hamilton, which opened last night on Broadway, George Washington tells Alexander Hamilton, “You have no control…who tells your story.” At the New York Public Library, we preserve the artifacts that allow such stories to be told, and we have an especially strong collection of archives related to the women and men whose lives inspired the characters in the musical.
Among the recent donations to Leeds Museums was this collection of “rubbish” which was found under the floorboards of a house in Roundhay. The scraps of paper, torn-up letters and old cigarette packets might easily have been thrown away but the flat’s owners knew the history of the house and took a closer look. Several of the torn envelopes had post-marks from 1943 and were addressed to officers of the 111 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery who had been billeted at the house during the Second World War.
This small collection of discarded ephemera shines a small light on life in an officer’s mess in the summer of 1943. They had time to go to the theatre, as there is a ticket from the Leeds Empire. They got their writing paper courtesy of the YMCA and seem to have had to go as far as Batley to get their laundry done (there is a receipt from Batley Laundry Ltd.). They may have had contact with G.I.’s as at least one of the razor blade packets is American. Above all, they were heavy smokers and left behind large number of cigarette packets and matchboxes (Woodbines being the favoured brand).
There are many questions that we will never find answers to. The collection includes some personal letters from wives and family back home, which have been screwed up and thrown away rather than lovingly kept. The letters themselves mostly talk of banal everyday life on the home front with bits of local gossip.
Perhaps this extract from a letter written by Ida (from Surrey) to her “Dearest Dick” may indicate why he threw her letter away:
“Marie says that I was to tell you she still likes Ann Shelton better than Vera Lynn. Well Dear I hope you will be able to get home soon as there is still quite a bit of rubbish needs clearing up in the garden.”
All in all, a fascinating little glimpse of life in war-time Leeds.
Thru August 24th, visitors to the Tap Seac Gallery in Macau can view an exhibit featuring poster art produced between 1880 and 1990.
The exhibition includes lithographs by Jules Chéret, the so-called “Roi de l’affiche” by Alfons Maria Mucha, as well as pieces by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Leonetto Cappiello, Joost Schmidt and Raymond Savignac, among others.
Macua, also spelled Macao, is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China, the other being Hong Kong. Macau lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong Kong to the east, which is about 64 kilometers, also bordered by Guangdong Province to the north and facing the South China Sea to the east and south. (from Wikipedia)
‘Texts and Textiles’ : Finding Manuscripts in Unusual Places | The Conveyor
Most folks know that long before “upcycling” became a buzzword, the reuse of materials was a common practice. However we are still discovering interesting ways that our ancestors put their discards back to use.
Research that began in 2011 reveals how textile conservators discovered fragments of medieval manuscripts lining the hems of dresses. The dresses, made by nuns in the late 15th century, clothed the statues at their Cistercian convent of Weinhausen in Northern Germany.
Proving again that you just never know what treasure you may find and where you might find it.
Read more here about this fascinating find and the research behind it.
On June 13th Cowan’s is offering a remarkable selection of early photographs, letters, documents, flags, political ephemera and more dating from the Revolutionary War-period through the Civil War and beyond, as well as the American West. We are proud to present selections from the Paul DeHaan Collection of items related to Admiral David Glasgow Farragut and his flagship, the U.S.S. Hartford. Additionally, photography from the Tom MacDonald Maine Civil War CDV Collection will also be featured in the auction.
Great news from the Big Apple for Ephemera lovers.
Another example of why we need to support the National Endowment for the Humanities!
New York, NY
The Museum of the City of New York is pleased to announce the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the project Illuminating New York City History through Material Culture: A Proposal to Process, Catalog, Digitize, and Rehouse the Ephemera Collections of the Museum of the City of New York. The application, submitted to the NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant opportunity in July 2013, outlines a plan to increase public access to over 6,500 objects of material culture over the course of two years. The materials will eventually be available on the Museum’s online Collections Portal. The Museum was notified of the successful funding of this application in the amount of $125,000 by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office in March 2014, by instruction of the NEH.