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Cover of Goode's American fishes

American fishes

By G. Brown Goode. New York: Standard Book Co, 1888, c1887.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Ichthyologist George Brown Goode (1851-1896) spent his entire career at the Smithsonian Institution as an assistant to Spencer F. Baird, primarily responsible for administering the National Museum (when the Smithsonian had only the one location in what is now the Arts and Industries Building, next to the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall).  Despite that workload, he also led research for the U.S. Fish Commission and published more than 100 scientific reports and papers.  This copy of his American fishes is inscribed by Goode to Otis T. Mason (1838-1908), an ethnologist at the...

Adopted on February 11, 2017 by John Y. Cole in honor of Nancy E. Gwinn. View Bookplate
Balloon Buster: Frank Luke of Arizona

The balloon buster, Frank Luke of Arizona

By Norman Shannon Hall. Garden City, N. Y: Doubleday, Doran & company, inc, c1928.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

This book tells the story of Frank Luke. Luke was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1897, one of nine children of German-American immigrants. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Aviation Section in 1917 during World War I. He was an agressive pilot who took on the unique challenge of attacking and destroying enemy observation balloons. These balloons were always heavily defended by anti-aircraft guns and enemy aicraft, but 2nd Lt. Luke was adept at the challenge and accounted for 14 enemy balloons destroyed and 4 enemy aircraft shot down. He was the first American flyer to be awarded the Congressional...

Adopted on February 10, 2017 by Charles F., Jennifer E., and John U. Sands in honor of the Luke Family of Arizona.. View Bookplate
Photographs of the Southwest by Ansel Adams

Photographs of the Southwest

By Ansel Adams. Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Ansel Adams curated a selection of more than 100 images of his photographs of the Southwest, taken between 1928 and 1975. In 1937, Adams wrote to his friend Alfred Stieglitz of his time in the Southwest: "it is all very beautiful and magical here--a quality which cannot be described. You have to live it and breathe it, let the sun bake into you." In this book, Adams' iconic black and white photographs encompass both expansive, awe-inspiring landscapes and quiet studies of nature and people. 

Adopted on February 3, 2017 by Pat Jernigan In honor of David S. Jernigan . View Bookplate
Cover of American comic classics :  a collection of U.S. postage stamps

American comic classics

By United States Postal Service. Washington: United States Postal Service, c1995.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This 80 paged collector's edition stamp album collector's pays homage to many classic American comics, including but not limited to Dick Tracy, Popeye, Li'l Abner, Flash Gordon, and Krazy Kat. Krazy Kat was a comic strip set in in Coconino County, Arizona. Krazy Kat, created by George Herriman, was published for more than three decades, from 1913-1944. On October 1, 1995, the 32-cent Krazy Kat postage stamp was issued by the US Postal Service as a part of the Comic Strip Classics series, Scott #3000. The Krazy Kat postage stamp is currently on display at the Smithsonian's National Postal...

Adopted on February 3, 2017 by Pat Jernigan In honor of David S. Jernigan. View Bookplate
The Becken book

The Becken book

Chicago: The Co., -1892?.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

The A.C. Becken Company, established in 1887 in Chicago, was a major wholesale distributor of housewares, jewelry, tools, musical instruments, leather goods, desk accessories, tools, eyeglasses, and assorted novelties. This annual catalog for the year 1937, issued to “recognized jewelers only,” contains nearly 800 pages of items ranging from a wide selection of elegant Elgin watches to metal employee and police badges in various shapes and sizes.  Included are streamline –art deco era lighter and cigarette cases, watches, clocks, luggage, tableware, and jewelry.    

Adopted on February 2, 2017 by Jacqueline Vossler In support of the March 5, 2017 event Celebrating the Smithsonian Libraries.. View Bookplate
Cover of Royal baker and pastry cook

Royal baker and pastry cook

New York, U.S.A: Royal Baking Powder Co., 1911.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

The Royal baker and pastry cook: a manual of practical receipts for home and baking and cooking by the Royal Baking Powder Company has become a royal mess.  Promotional cookbooks like this were never meant to survive; they were manufactured as emphemera to be distributed customers at a local level to promote sales.  Their primary purpose was to advertise and promote their domestic usefulness.  (Helpful hint: use baking powder to reduce the amount of eggs used in a recipe!)  This copy was provided to a Pennsylvania homemaker compliments of Hall Kaul & Hyde Co. of St. Mary's and...

Adopted on December 31, 2016 by Grace Allen . View Bookplate
Dissertatio de ricino [Castor oil plant (ricin)]

Dissertatio de ricino [Castor oil plant (ricin)]

By Carl Peter Thunberg. Upsaliæ: excudebant Zeipel et Palmblad, [1815].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, it was standard practice for university professors to write their students' dissertations; the student's job was to explicate and defend the thesis. At the University of Uppsala (Sweden), first Linnaeus and then Thunberg wrote hundreds of these botanical papers, usually focused on taxonomic and systematic matters — either describing and naming genera and species or analyzing basic issues of classification. The Cullman Library holds dozens of the small, individually published papers, many of them housed in old acidic pamphlet-binders. This particular example...

Adopted on December 29, 2016 by Kathy and Keith Boi . View Bookplate
African American stamps

Celebrate your heritage by collecting African American on philatelic materials

By Sherrod N. Gresham. Bloomington, Ind: AuthorHouse, 2005.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Endorsed with a foreward by Dr. Esper G. Hayes, the founder of the Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflection (E.S.P.E.R.), this important philatelic reference book contains detailed images of Black history stamps and postcards. After listing each stamp, the book goes into ardent detail about when each stamp was issued, who it commemorates, and why the subject is important. In the back it featureslesson plans (written by a former President of ESPER) for teaching students of philately. There are also charts depicting the lives of famous African Americans, which include the dates they...

Adopted on December 26, 2016 by Josefa Salinas in honor of Dr. Cabrini March. View Bookplate
Title page of The new cyclopædia of domestic economy, and practical housekeeper

The new cyclopædia of domestic economy, and practical housekeeper

By Ellet, E. F. (Elizabeth Fries), 1818-1877.. Norwich, Conn.: H. Bill, 1872.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

This 1872 book offers guidance to “the inexperienced housewife.” It is organized into three parts – housekeeping, cooking and pharmaceutical concerns – and includes 5,000 practical receipts and maxims “from the best English, French, German, and American sources.” The editor of the volume was E. F. (Elizabeth Fries) Ellet, an American writer, historian, and poet who published her first book of poetry at age 17. She also wrote a three-volume history titled The Women of the American Revolution. Ellet was part of a scandalous love triangle with Edgar Allan Poe and another woman,...

Adopted on December 24, 2016 by Joshua Grizzle In honor of Courtney and William Anderson. View Bookplate
Cover of Empire State : a history : completed May 1, 1931.

Empire State

New York City: Empire State, Inc. [1931], 1931.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

The Cooper Hewitt Library collects books on architecture from all periods and styles, especially those prevalent in New York City. This important booklet was published to commemorate the completion and opening of the Empire State building, the tallest building in the world at the time of its opening. The front cover features stunning Art Deco design printed in silver and gold. The booklet also includes numerous black and white illustrations and photographs, historical information, and facts about the construction.

Adopted on December 24, 2016 by Joshua Grizzle In honor of Jane Grizzle. View Bookplate

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