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Series of 1941

"Series of 1941" Wine Revenue Stamps of the United States of America

By Ray W. Bidwell. [Andover, Conn.]: Ray W. Bidwell, 1965.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Signed by the author, this thin 40-paged booklet is full of tables, charts, and black and white images depicting wine stamps. Stamp collecting is frequently referred to as "the king of hobbies and the hobby of kings." Men and women worldwide strive to achieve a complete set of stamps. There is a stamp for every type of interest. This book is about wine revenue stamps. Wine revenue stamps were used to pay tax duties on proprietary goods such as alchohol and tobacco. These revenues helped fund the war effort during WWII. Wine stamp usage ended after 1954 and Revenue stamps were... Read More
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A Biohistory of 19th-Century Afro-Americans

By Lesley M. Rankin-Hill. Westport, Conn: Bergin & Garvey, 1997.
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Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

Upon the discovery of a long-forgotten cemetery in Philadelphia, excavation and study exposed the remains of a Baptist church cemetery and its African-American inhabitants. Thorough research of the skeletons and surrounding area shed light on the living conditions of the African Americans in 19th-century Philadelphia and its environs. This book is important to scientists and curators studying 19th-century American life and physical remains of 19th century Africa -Americans. Read More
Box of Smile Y.O '71 and enclosure

A box of Smile

By Yoko Ono. New York: Fluxus, 1984, c1971.
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Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

This multiple was created by George Maciunas, ostensible leader of the avant-garde movement Fluxus, in conjunction with Yoko Ono’s 1971 retrospective This is Not Here at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY. Ono, artist, peace activist, and widow of John Lennon has used smiles as a recurring theme since the 1960s. "It is the simplest thing to make yourself healthy and make others feel good," she says about smiling. (Reuters.com) Issued in both black and white, the plastic box is gold-stamped A BOX OF SMILE Y.O. ’71, and opens to reveal a mirror with the viewer’s reflection,... Read More
Compendium of Chronicles

A Compendium of Chronicles

By Sheila Blair. London: Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, c1995.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

The Compendium of Chronicles, written during the 14th century by Rashid-al-Din Hamadani (1247-1318) is considered the first world history. It was written for the Mongol Ilkhanate in Persia. It covers not only the history of the Mongols but major events occurring in China and Europe. This scholarly study by Sheila Blair examines a version of the original manuscript by looking at pages owned by the Khalili Collection and by the Edinburgh University Library. The Compendium was lavishly illustrated and is of great significance for the study of Ilkhanid manuscript painting. Dr... Read More
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A Field Guide to the Birds' Nests

By Hal H. Harrison. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, c1975.
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Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

Imagine a dazzling sunlit morning where you’ve chosen to escape from modern day technology and enjoy the beauty of nature. You come across an intriguing structure that you identify as a birds nest. However, without cell phone reception you are unable to scurry to Google for help, and you are unable to identify the species of bird that constructed the nest. Well, fear no more. Field Guide to the Birds’ Nests has scores of illustrations of the different types of nests one may come across -- if you are east of the Mississippi River -- and the species responsible for their... Read More
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A Japanese Menagerie

By Rosina Buckland, Timothy Clark, Shigeru Oikawa. London: British Museum Press, 2006.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889) is considered to be an important successor to artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Kyōsai was also Japan’s first political caricaturist. He was imprisoned a number of times by the shogunate for his disrespectful art. When not painting caricatures he often chose subjects from folklore, nature, religion, and the Nô drama. Harold Stern, former director of the Freer Gallery of Art, proposed mounting the first major exhibition of Kyōsai’s work but that plan was dropped with Stern’s untimely death in 1976. An exhibition was finally mounted in 1993 at the British... Read More
A narrative of travels in Northern Africa, in the years 1818, 19, and 20

A Narrative of Travels in Northern Africa

By G. F. Lyon. London: John Murray, 1821.
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

The 17 hand-colored prints of early 19th century Northern and Western Africans are not only elegant, but are also valuable historical documents on clothing, headgear, jewelry, and weaponry of that era. The image shown here, "Camel conveying a bride to her husband," (opposite page 299) is one of the most dramatic, but all provide a wealth of information for the historian and art historian alike. George Francis Lyon's clear narrative is a remarkable interweaving of history, geography, and ethnography of a part of the world virtually unknown at the time of his travels in 1818-1820. Read More
Separate Cinema

A Separate Cinema

By John Kisch. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1992.
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Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library and Archives

The gift of a single poster has swelled into a respected and comprehensive collection of more than 25,000 rare film posters, lobby cards, and photographs, resulting in what is now the Separate Cinema Archive. Started in 1972 and collected and maintained by the archive’s founder and professional photographer, John Kisch, the collection chronicles the historic and blustery journey of the Black film industry, Black actors and directors, and the struggle for African-American equality. Kisch collaborated with film historian Dr. Edward Mapp to create this companion book for the Archive in... Read More
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A Travers le Transvaal

By Léo Dex. Paris: Librairie Hachette, 1904.
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Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

Léo Dex was the pseudonym of the brillant and distinguished aeronautical engineer Edouard-Léopold-Joseph Deburaux, who was commander of a company of hot-air balloonists attached to the French Army’s First Corps of Engineers. Under his given name, he wrote many books and papers on the possible uses of hot-air balloons for exploration and warfare. His grand experiment in balloon exploration—sending hot-air balloons across the Sahara from Tunisia to the region of Timbuktu—ended in failure, and he died shortly thereafter. As Léo Dex, he wrote adventure stories for young people; the book... Read More
Ad epistolam clarissimi viri d. Jacobi Bartschi, ... Praefixam ephemeridi in annum 1629... De computatione et editione ephemeridum.

Ad epistolam clarissimi viri d. Jacobi Bartschi, ... Praefixam ephemeridi in annum 1629... De computatione et editione ephemeridum.

By Johannes Kepler. [Görlitz?]: Typis Saganensibus, anno MDCXXIX [1629].
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Rare first edition of this public letter by astronomer Johannes Kepler to the young Jacob Bartsch, and an important biographical source for the astronomer's life and final years. The publication of the Rudolphine Tables in 1627 provided a great stimulus to the calculation of ephemerides, among them one produced by the young Strasburg scholar Jacob Bartsch, Uraniburgum Strasburgicum. In the latter publication, Bartsch offered to collaborate with Kepler, and in the present letter, the elder astronomer accepts and outlines a research program for the future. Read More

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