Adopted Books

Adopted Books

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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