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[Garden scene with dancers, to be used as the set for a miniature theater] [graphic]

[Garden scene with dancers, to be used as the set for a miniature theater] [graphic]

By Martin Engelbrecht. [Augsburg: Martin Engelbrecht, ca. 1740].
Adoption Amount: $1,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

A peep show, (or tunnel book), designed by engraver and print-seller Martin Engelbrecht of Augsburg, Germany (1684-1756). The set includes six 6" x 8" hand-colored etched prints on light gray laid paper, with sections carefully cut out to create a perspective view when the prints are arranged in a viewing box.
This early and rare example of a peep-show is a significant addition to the Cooper-Hewitt Library collection of over 1700 movable and pop-up books. It is important because Engelbrecht was the first to popularize these highly crafted peep-shows books in the 18th century, and... Read More
[Other lunar discoveries of Mr. Herschel]

[Other lunar discoveries of Mr. Herschel]

By Leopoldo Galluzzo. Napoli: L. Gatti e Dura, 1836.
Adoption Amount: $12,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

These rare hand-tinted lithographs by Italian artist Leopoldo Galluzzo illustrate what became known as "The Great Moon Hoax of 1835." In what was intended as a satirical newspaper article, New York Sun newspaper writer Richard Adams Locke boldly claimed that famed British astronomer Sir John Herschel had discovered life on the moon. This incredible news story, which ran over several issues, detailed a fantastic and lush lunar landscape inhabited by bipedal beavers, single horned bison, and winged extraterrestrials with an advanced civilization. Locke's satirical story lampooned... Read More
Recipes issued by the Washington Gas Light Company

[Recipes issued by the Washington Gas Light Company, Home Service Department, Washington, D.C.]

Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

This grouping of mimeographed recipes by Ruth Sheldon the Director of the Home Services Department of the Washington Gas Light Company are likely the earliest edition(s) of recipe collections that would later be published in book form by the Company. The kitchen-tested and nutritious recipes were a promotional courtesy to new customers of modern gas light ranges. Sheldon's Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and teaching backgroud parlayed nicely into a career during WWII in Washington, D.C. where she served on the District of Columbia Wartime Nutrition Committee and the... Read More

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