It’s April 15 - Are Your Taxes Done?
State-of-the-art systems at internalrevenueservice are waiting to process your returns!
While punch cards and tape drives seem archaic now, they were a “new dimension” in data processing and tax administration at the time of this IRS educational film, “Right on the Button,” from the late 1960s.
Now, go finish those taxes!
Spring is finally here in Washington, DC and even though the cherry blossoms are beginning to fade, they will always look good in Shin-bijutsukai., 1901-1902
Dutch mathematician,astronomer, physicist, and inventor of the pendulum clock, Christiaan Huygens was born TDIH 1629.
Check out his Systema Saturnium where he describes the rings of Saturn and discovers Titan, and the Orion nebula.
Stained glass, disco style.
Poets are the trumpets which sing to battle.
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
another from The Art of the Book
Last week while at the Missouri Botanical Garden for a meeting, I had a tour of the library’s rare book room from head librarian Doug Holland.
The books pictured are two editions of the Gart der Gesundheit (“Garden of Health”) one of the most influential early works on medicinal plants. The top image is from a later edition published by the original publisher, Peter Schoeffer, and the bottom 3 are from a “pirated” 1487 edition published by Hamsen Schönsperger.
The phone picture being compared to the Schönsperger page is of the female mandrake found in the New York Public Library’s copy of the book.
Reblogging ourselves because April is not just poetry month - it’s also frog month! and as we know, it’s not easy being green.
Another illustration for frog month! Hyla baudini by J. Green in Albert Günther’s Biologia Centrali Americana, Reptilia and Batrachia, 1885-1902 [DETAIL] (by Smithsonian Libraries)
We may not have a wide collection of books on poetry, but sometimes poetry finds its way into other areas of our collections. Such is the case with The Art of the Book, a Review of Some Recent European and American Work in Typography, Page Decoration & Binding in our Cooper-Hewitt National Design Library. The focus may be on the binding and typography, but the content can be just as delightful. Here is a page designed by Charles Braithwaite for Cuala Press, the private press set up by William Butler Yeats’s sister, Elizabeth.
The Lover Tells of the Rose in His Heart
All things uncomely and broken, all things worn out and old,
The cry of a child by the roadway, the creak of a lumbering cart,
The heavy steps of the ploughman, splashing the wintry mould,
Are wronging your image that blossoms a rose in the deeps of my heart.
The wrong of unshapely things is a wrong too great to be told;
I hunger to build them anew and sit on a green knoll apart,
With the earth and the sky and the water, re-made, like a casket of gold
For my dreams of your image that blossoms a rose in the deeps of my heart.
—William Butler Yeats
To answer the question no one was asking: how many elves does it take to run an electrical line? (answer: 6)
From Popular electricity in plain English (1910)
Turkish No. 3
"From the dome of the tomb of Soliman 1. Constantinople"
April is poetry month, so here’s a little Spring verse for the children from Peter Parley’s Primer (1835) from our children’s book collection in the library of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Today in 1835, Richard E. Locke, writing for the New York Sun, published an account of life discovered on the moon by noted British astronomer Sir John Herschel. Here, in a portfolio of images from Leopoldo Galluzzo’s Altre scoverte fatte nella luna dal Sigr. Herschel , (1836) winged moon men (or “Moon Yetis” as we call them today) hunt moon bison and braid their girlfriend’s hair.
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Today’s #MONDAYMINDMELTER is Oscar Bluemner’s painting diary, which details his developing skills and approach to color theory.
The diary, via archivesofamericanart, is written in English and German - many pages of the project are already partially transcribed but need more work or review. Greater detail in the transcription from these sketches would be so useful - they’re found on pages 52 and 100 of the Bluemner project.
Jump into this 161-page project and also see 13 black and white sketches and 6 colored sketches of countryside and landscape scenes. Let us know how you do with this project - either here or send us a message!
Cogito ergo sum.
Happy Birthday René Descartes (1596-1650)