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Adopted Books
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
Meissner Tapeten Wallpaper design and price list.

Meissner Tapeten.

By Hermann Meissner (Firm). Berlin: Hermann Meissner Tapeten-Fabrik, 1930.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

A 1930 modern wallpaper sample book, highlighting Bauhaus and Art Deco style patterns. These designs have bold, intense colors and very subtle patterns, some with gold and silver elevations, or highlights. The Cooper Hewitt Library collects many sample books - of wallcoverings, textiles, decorative and specialty papers, leathers, and other materials frequently used in the decorative arts. These pieces support research into museum objects, document an era or style movement, and also serve as inspiration for current artists and designers.

Adopted on December 21, 2016 by Richard W. Renner in honor of Jacqueline Vossler. View Bookplate
Illustrated cover of The book of lawn furniture

The book of lawn furniture

By Long-Bell Lumber Co.. Kansas City, Mo: Long-Bell Lumber Co, 1941, c1934.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

The photos of the garden furniture shown in this book inspire ideas that make it easy to beautify the home grounds with attractive outdoor woodwork. Published by a lumber company, this isn’t a trade catalog of ready-made furniture, but rather a pattern book in the Cooper Hewitt Library. It recommends that you “Show the illustrations you like to your lumberman and he will be glad to recommend the proper wood and a carpenter to build the furniture. Thus you can duplicate any of the furniture shown.” Or, you could obtain plans for some of the furniture by contacting the Long-Bell Lumber Co....

Adopted on December 16, 2016 by The Ziegler Family in honor of Katie Shores. View Bookplate
Federal Wine Tax Stamps

A handbook of cancels on United States federal wine tax stamps

By David G. Nussmann. Rockford, Iowa : American Revenue Association, 2011.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Compiled by a Harvard Ph.D. and a retired Air Force Colonel (both avid stamp collectors), this handbook contains lists of cancels used on wine tax stamps. A cancel is short for cancellation. The French word for it is obliteration. It is a postal marking applied to a stamp or envelope to deface it to show it has already been used. Because cancels come in all shapes and sizes, they have created a frenzied following among philatelists. Cancellations can actually increase or decrease the value of a stamp collection. To take it a step further, a heavy cancellation is called a...

Adopted on December 16, 2016 by David & Michelle Baldacci in honor of Robert Schule . View Bookplate
Geological Text-book, for Aiding the Study of North American Geology

Geological Text-book, for Aiding the Study of North American Geology

By Amos Eaton.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Amos Eaton was an educator and skilled amateur scientist best remembered for bringing hands-on applied science to the American educational curriculum. In 1824, he co-founded the Rensselaer School in New York, an institution dedicated to "the application of science to the common purposes of life," with Stephen van Rensselaer III. He lectured widely, training teachers, including many women, and was an advocate for women's involvement in higher education, an unconventional idea at the time. He wrote textbooks on several scientific subjects for use in schools, working to give these subjects,...

Adopted on December 16, 2016 by David & Michelle Baldacci in honor of Veronica Collin. View Bookplate
Cover of Histoire de la table

Histoire de la table

By Pierre Ennes. Paris: Flammarion, 1994.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

This beautifully illustrated volume gives a historical overview of European dining customs from the Middle Ages through present day. Many pages feature artworks depicting dining scenes paired with photographs of food and drink related objects from the time period to provide a sumptuous picture of “la table” through the ages. The French text gives detailed information on eating habits as well as tablewares including porcelain, glassware, silverware, textiles, and even furniture. This book is part of the National Museum of American History Library’s Home & Community Life collection. The...

Adopted on December 16, 2016 by David & Michelle Baldacci in honor of Marilyn Schule. View Bookplate
Cover of booklet for Lithuanian day : New York World's Fair, Sept. 10, 1939.

Lithuanian day

By New York World's Fair Lithuanian Day Committee. New York : [New York : New York World's Fair Lithuanian Day Committee, 1939] , 1939.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

After the end of WWI, many small European and Baltic states declared their independence. In 1918, Lithuania became an independent nation. The 1939 World’s Fair in New York City had over 60 international pavilions, giving many of these newly independent countries the opportunity to assert their nationhood and culture. Each day at the fair was a special theme day, and September 10, 1939 was declared Lithuania Day. To fulfill the program for this special day Lithuania invited American Lithuanians to do their part by participating in this day long celebration. This booklet is a program of the...

Adopted on December 14, 2016 by Stephen H. Van Dyk in honor of Mary Ann and George Van Dyk . View Bookplate
Duncan & Prasse's Veterinary Laboratory Medicine Clinical Pathology

Duncan & Prasse's Veterinary Laboratory Medicine

Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Zoological Park Library

The fifth edition of this important book provides comprehensive, illustrated information about the tests that are necessary for diagnosing and treating the animals at the National Zoological Park. Additionally, it is required reading for the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Anatomic Pathology Certification Examination for which the National Zoological Park's pathology fellows are often preparing.

Adopted on December 11, 2016 by Dr. Cathleen T. Hartney In memory of Ann Hartney. View Bookplate

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