Turning the Book Wheel
A tumblr of semi-random stuff from the stacks of the Smithsonian Libraries
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2 of September, 2014

Martha, Martha, Martha. We just can’t get enough Martha. Join us for a Twitterchat TODAY!! with @SmithsonianNMNH and the @biodivlibrary


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Tags:  #IFTTT  #Instagram  #OTWB  #Martha100  #passenger pigeon  #extinction  #twitter

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2 of September, 2014

Labor day is over, everyone back to work! (unless you’re still at the beach, in which case carry on.)

Image of a bookbinding shop, from Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux, et les arts méchaniques : avec leur explication, t. 8

This is really a fascinating series, depicting tools & technology used in just about everything - if you’re a European in the mid-18th century, that is. Weaving, agriculture, construction, and of course wig-making. This series has it all.

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/155907#page/7/mode/1up


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Tags:  #gif  #book binding  #book arts  #18th Century  #technology  #tools  #prints

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1 of September, 2014

This is Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon. She died on September 1, 1914 in the Cincinnati Zoo. Shortly thereafter, her body was packed in ice and sent by railroad to Washington, DC, to become a part of the National Museum of Natural History’s collection as a lasting legacy of the harm that can be done to the natural world by humans. Just decades prior, the Passenger Pigeon was the most abundant bird in North America. The disappearance of the species helped ignite the modern conservation movement.

For the Centennial of her death, Martha was recently brought out for display and is currently on view in the exhibition Once There Were Billions, Vanished Birds of North America. Sponsored by the Smithsonian Libraries in partnership with the National Museum of Natural History and the Biodiversity Heritage Library, the exhibition tells the story of the last Passenger Pigeon, a member of a species that once numbered in the billions, along with the disappearance of the Great Auk, Carolina Parakeet, and Heath Hen. These extinctions reveal the fragile connections between species and their environment. 

The Smithsonian Libraries, National Museum of Natural History, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library will be hosting a Twitter Chat on September 2, 2014 from 2-3 pm Eastern Time. This is your chance to ask questions about the Passenger Pigeon, extinction, and biodiversity literature.

Follow @SILibraries, @NMNH, and @BioDivLibrary and use the hashtag #Martha100 to tweet your questions.


Posted 21 hours ago
Tags:  #Martha  #passenger pigeon  #once there were billions  #Smithsonian  #national museum of natural history  #smithsonian libraries  #Biodiversity Heritage Library  #extinction  #extinct species  #gif

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1 of September, 2014

May your Labor Day be full of right-thinking and celebration!

We found this on our online exhibition, Doodles, Drafts, and Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian


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Tags:  #labor day  #labor history  #doodles  #industry  #serigraphy  #work

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29 of August, 2014

If my Latin serves, I believe their motto translates as “Schooling both the sea and stars, she goes for the layup.”

We wouldn’t dare take sides, so we’ll just wish both the Minnesota Lynx and the Phoenix Mercury good luck in today’s WNBA conference finals.

(original bookplate from the Navy scientific papers no. 11 which we obviously got as a hand-me-down from the Naval Observatory, basket from this 1911 FAO Schwartz catalog.)


Posted 4 days ago
Tags:  #gif  #basketball  #bookplate  #bookplates  #U. S. Naval Observatory  #WNBA  #wnba finals  #minnesota lynx  #phoenix mercury

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- Question from Anonymous -
When is your site going to have an RSS feed? I want to add it my feed reader but it can't find your feed.

All tumblr blogs have an RSS feed, however not all tumblr themes have an icon indicating as such. You can easily find the RSS feed link by appending /rss to the end of a tumblr URL thusly:

http://smithsonianlibraries.tumblr.com/rss


Posted 5 days ago
Tags:  #RSS  #we don't always reply to anonymous questions but this seemed a public service  #Anonymous  #ask

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28 of August, 2014

freersackler:

What’s this knitting kitty plotting?! All will be revealed tomorrow; stay tuned! 

Looks like something’s afoot a-paw at the Freer|Sackler


Posted 5 days ago
Tags:  #‪‎perspectives‬  #cat  #yarn  #hmmm  #freersackler  #smithsonian  #reblog  #knitting  #art

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28 of August, 2014

detail from Hoover : the story of a crusade. (1926)

The marks on the carpet show how long each stroke should be and a metronome guides her in making a given number of strokes per minute. By measuring her carbon—dioxide exhalation while she works, the amount of energy required to sweep with different devices and in different ways—slow, fast, long strokes, short strokes, etc.—is accurately determined. Such tests were made to determine Hoover technique and they demonstrated that the Hoover offers
the least fatiguing way of cleaning carpets and rugs


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Tags:  #Hoover  #vacuum  #efficiency  #photo  #File under W for WTF  #contraption  #apparatus

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27 of August, 2014

mallhistories:

Today the National Zoo introduced two female American bison. The first bison in the custody of the Smithsonian arrived in the 1880s:

These American bison, also known as buffalo, were part of the Smithsonian’s Department of Living Animals. The Department was started by chief taxidermist William T. Hornaday, who was a spokesman for the conservation movement and very concerned about the possible extinction of American bison. The bison formed part of a collection of wild North American animals in a small sort of zoo in the yard behind the Smithsonian Castle in the late 1880s and early 1890s, before the establishment of the National Zoo.

Learn more about the bison, Hornaday, and more at Histories of the National Mall.

If you want to learn how the two new bison got their names, check out the Smithsonian Zoo’s Conservation Biology Institute’s all-bison-all-the-time site.


Posted 6 days ago
Tags:  #history  #national mall  #smithsonian  #national zoo  #smithsonian national zoo  #american bison  #bison  #buffalo  #william temple hornaday  #reblog

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27 of August, 2014

We are now taking wagers for this baby race. #notreally


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Tags:  #advertising  #babies  #crawling  #how to not write copy

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26 of August, 2014

freersackler:

Today is National Dog Day! Continue celebrating our furry friends next week with two free films: Old Dog on September 4 and Stray Dogs on September 5. 


Posted 6 days ago
Tags:  #national dog day  #dogs  #fsfilms  #asian film  #freersackler  #smithsonian

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26 of August, 2014

It’s back to school time here in DC, so here’s some “old school”….um, old school equipment from our trade literature collections.

From: J. L. Hammett Illustrated Catalogue of School Merchandise 1872-1873 w/1874 cover and price list of school furniture , 1872-1874

(via Smithsonian Institution Libraries : Gothic Adjustable Desk ; Patent Standard Chair Desk SIL-038-62-11)

(via smithsonianlibraries)


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Tags:  #school  #desk  #trade literature  #back to school  #literally old school

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25 of August, 2014

schomburgcenter:

Althea Gibson, tennis player and the first African American to compete in the U.S. Nationals, was born on this day, August 25, 1927. Gibson showed an appreciation for sports at a young age, playing basketball and paddle tennis. After joining the American Tennis Association, Gibson began her networking and career as a tennis player. At the age of 29, Gibson became the first black person to win the French championships.She was also the first African American to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals in 1957 and then won again in 1958. Gibson faced a lot of racism at first, some of which included not being allowed to compete despite her skill level and being denied rooms at hotels but eventually, she was allowed to take the world by storm. Gibson won 11 Grand Slam events which placed her in the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame. 


Posted 1 week ago
Tags:  #reblog  #Althea Gibson  #Tennis  #Grand Slam  #Today in Black History  #Schomburg  #Schomburg Center

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25 of August, 2014

mypubliclands:

americasgreatoutdoors:

Monday is the National Park Service 98th birthday & all entrance fees will be waived. Please share and like this photo of Denali National Park to spread the word! 

Photo: Morton Katz (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Happy Birthday, National Park Service!


Posted 1 week ago
Tags:  #Landscape  #National Parks  #national park service  #birthday  #publiclands  #reblog  #Alaska  #Denali  #national parks are the best

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25 of August, 2014

From: Les Pigeons par Madame Knip from 1838 in our Cullman Library, which you can see in its entirety at the Biodiversity Heritage Library, or see a few more on Flickr, herehere, and here.

Who knew pigeons could be so classy? Madame Knip did, for sure, as she put her name on this work. But then again—Madame Knip was a plagiarist of the worst kind. At least that’s the allegation in vol. 5, no. 4 of The Bulletin of the USGS, which reads,

“This work [Les Pigeons par Madame Knip] is one of the curiosities of literature…

Madame Knip accomplished a piece of truly feminine finesse, by which she stole [the text] from Temminck. To do this, she changed the cover-title of the 9th and following livraisons, and made sundry other alterations to suit her purpose…

…This was certainly a bold trick, regardless of consequences. But no such piracy as seems to have suited the lady’s taste could hope to pass without detection; and Temminck immediately published an indignant reclamation, exposing and protesting against the fraud.”


Posted 1 week ago
Tags:  #putabirdonit  #birds  #pigeons  #ornithology  #style  #mynewdo  #intrigue  #sexism in science  #pigeon drama  #lies damn lies and pigeons  #academic smackdown

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