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Electricity at work

Electricity at work

[Chicago]: [Twentieth Century Press], [1933].
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

"Electricity at work" portrays early 20th century methods of generation, transmission, distribution, and utilization of energy. This colorful and streamlined designed brochure celebrates the history and innovations in electricity as exhibited at the 1933 Century of Progress fair in Chicago. 

Adopted on December 1, 2016 by Jacqueline Vossler on behalf of the Smithsonian In Memory of Donna Hendrickson. View Bookplate
Title Page of Miss Beecher's domestic receipt book

Miss Beecher's domestic receipt book

By Catharine Esther Beecher. New York: Harper & Bros, 1862.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Catharine Esther Beecher was born in 1800, the daughter of Lyman Beecher, an outspoken minister and co-founder of the American Temperance Society. Her younger sister was Harriet Beecher Stowe, well known abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Disappointed in the limited curriculum available to young women during her own school years, Catharine became a teacher in 1821 and a strong advocate for women’s education. In 1823 she opened a private girls’ school, the Hartford Female Seminary, in Hartford, CT. Harriet graduated from the Seminary and later helped her sister there. In...

Adopted on November 21, 2016 by Maureen Conners In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Conners, Advocates of Education for All. View Bookplate
Cover of We are what we eat

We are what we eat

By Donna R. Gabaccia. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1998.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

America has often been called a great melting pot. This book was written by a world-reknowned history professor who collaborates frequently with librarians.  The author specilizes in migration, gender, and food studies.  This book is about how American culture has been and continues to be shaped by the food we eat.  America is made up of many different nationalities.  Each group brings their own dish to the table, so to speak.  America is changed each time a new ethnic group arrives, bringing their specialized dishes and traditions with them.  The author highlights how the ever-changing...

Adopted on November 17, 2016 by Anne Theresa Graham in honor of her parents, Edward and Lou Anne Kascht Graham. View Bookplate
View of Paired for Life with one pear inside the house like structure and the other resting in front.

Paired for Life

By Jo Stealey, artist. 2014.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Textile and book artist Jo Stealey received first prize for her work “Paired for Life” in the 2015 national artist book exhibition held at Pyramid Atlantic, a contemporary arts center dedicated to the creation and appreciation of hand papermaking, printmaking, digital arts, and the art of the book. This unique sculptural work is an example of an artists' book, or a work of art that takes the form of a book. It signifies the union of the artist and her husband, represented in the form of the two colorful, coiled fiber pears. The codex echoes the shape of a house: the book “cover” lined with...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Elizabeth Berry In honor of Suzanne M. Johnson and Donna Stockton. View Bookplate
Cover of Pressed Glass Salt Dishes of the Lacy Period

Pressed glass salt dishes of the lacy period, 1825-1850

By Logan Wolfe Neal. Philadelphia: [1962].
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Any glass collector worth their salt should consider adopting this charming book on pressed glass salt dishes. “Lacy glass” is the term given to the first glass products pressed in America and on the European Continent, from about 1825-1850. This volume contains actual-size drawings of each salt dish described. Glass is often difficult to photograph accurately due to the refraction of light by facets on the pieces. But even producing these drawings required the making of molds and castings of each and every lacy salt dish to capture the intricate details.

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Patricia and Dennis Miller In honor of Vivian Sheehan. View Bookplate
Cover of Wildlife Feeding and Nutrition

Wildlife feeding and nutrition

By Charles T. Robbins. San Diego: Academic Press, 1993.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Zoological Park Library

Wildlife Feeding and Nutrition is an indispensable reference for the staff and researchers in the Department of Nutrition at the National Zoological Park.  It analyzes the animals' needs for everything from macronutrients to vitamin and minerals, their gastrointestinal anatomy and function, digestion and nutrient metabolism, food intake and regulation, and much more.  The Department of Nutrition serves one of the most important roles for the Zoo: the nutrition and feeding of the animals in the Zoo’s collection. Not only does this department feed a very wide variety of species in...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Peter B. Kibbee . View Bookplate
Cover, A La Carte.

A la carte

By Oscar Berger. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1948.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Imagine your Crepes Suzette served by ballerina, or your Frogs Legs appetizer garnished with top hat and monocle. That is how Oscar Berger (1901-1997) would have served you, if he had been a restauranteur and not an artist! Born in the former Czechoslovakia, Berger won a scholarship to the Berlin Art School in 1920 and went on to work as a staff artist at Berlin’s largest daily newspaper. Forced to flee the country after his political cartoons upset Hitler, he lived in Prague, Budapest, Paris, and London before settling in the United States. He became known as a kind of roving visual...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Amy L. Snyder . View Bookplate
Cover, Manhattan Oases.

Manhattan Oases

By Al Hirschfeld. New York: E.P. Dutton: 1932.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

To try the Rock and Rye at the Dixie Club, you’d have to find the false front, but don’t worry, no secret password is necessary for this speak easy. Undertaking “intense personal research”, Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) documents the portraits, anecdotes, and cocktail recipes – some appetizing, some less so –from notable New York City “speaks” during Prohibition. Included is the sleepy original Stonewall Inn, better known today for the 1969 Stonewall uprising in the struggle for gay civil rights, as is O’Leary’s, where a hobo could get soup, a cigarette and a place to sleep on the floor for...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Charles and Candace Cowan . View Bookplate
Plate & text of Testudo carbonaria in Bell's Monograph of the Testudinata

A monograph of the testudinata

By Thomas Bell. London: Printed for Samuel Highley, 32 Fleet Street , [1832-1836?].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

A leading English zoologist who worked with Charles Darwin on the reptiles from the voyage of the Beagle, Thomas Bell (1792-1880) intended this earlier work to summarize all of the world’s turtles, both living and extinct.  Issued in parts by subscription, it ran into financial difficulties and was never completed.  Nevertheless, it is famous for its illustrations, drawn from living specimens by James de Carle Sowerby and lithographed by Edward Lear, who imbued each animal with life and individuality.  Yes, it’s the “nonsense” Edward Lear; he was also a respected natural-history artist, and...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by James G. Mead . View Bookplate
Cover of the Savoy Cocktail book

The Savoy cocktail book

By Harry Craddock. London: Constable & Company, Ltd, 1930.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

First edition of this iconic Art Deco-publication. The Savoy cocktail book is the most important cocktail book ever published. This foundational work of modern culture is made up of recipes created and "compiled" by Harry Craddock of The Savoy Hotel, the greatest barman to have ever lived, completely revolutionized the drinking scene and is still in print today. This classic of cocktail drinking remains unsurpassed, both in its contents and in its artistic form. Cover and interior decoration artwork by Gilbert Rumbold.

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Barbara Bonessa and Alan Perkins . View Bookplate

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