I know the start of the fall season was a couple of weeks ago, but that last week of 80-90 degree weather just didn’t feel like autumn to me!
It’s now my favorite time of year where I can say goodbye to my sweltering car and the hum of the AC unit so I thought I would say farewell to the heat by sharing some great photographs that will make us miss summer…
Fishing boat in the New River in Eggleston, Virginia
For those of you who won’t miss it, here’s a little something to get us in the cold, wintry mood:
P00011.016/01/PP2624 Photograph by Edwin Levick
There is so much more stunning photography to be seen. Stop by our warm reading room on a cold fall or winter day and enjoy these spectacular works!
Here at The Mariners’ Museum Library, we have thousands of rare books in our collection. They are not all in pristine condition like the ones at a bookstore.. These books have character. The downside is that they require a bit more care so that the resource remains available for the public to see. Let’s take a peek at what we do in the Library to care for these rare books.
If you have a moment, I’d like to direct your attention to a touching article posted on The New York Times website. It features Norma Beazley and the story behind the numerous cruise ship menus that her late husband, Herbert, spent years giving to her.
Savoring a Bygone Splendor: The Maritime Menu
The Beazleys have generously donated hundreds of books and thousands of archival pieces at the start of 2012 and their contributions will eventually benefit other researchers and steamship ephemera enthusiasts around the world. To read more details about their donation, see this post by Jay Moore:
Library receives major donation of steamship ephemera
And finally, if you just can’t get enough menus after reading the NYT article, take a peek at a couple of previous blog posts by Rachel Berman. She discusses some of the menus from an artistic standpoint, and the best part is that she provides spectacular images of some of the covers.
A New Addition to the Library’s Collection!
Food for Thought Series: What a Menu Can Teach About Art
While researching in the stacks last week, I stumbled across something from our rare book collection that instantly grabbed my attention.
It’s a book with a lengthy title, so prepare yourself:
Below are some of the “family friendly” plates taken from his book. I’ll be sure to warn you of the graphic images.
Ok readers. Clicking on the images below will open a new window showing Struys’ illustrations of massacre and torture. The third one is really the worst, but I thought I’d spare those who are squeamish.
If you are ever in the Library and you are curious to see what else Struys illustrated, come by in person and take a look at all of the details that are a bit difficult to see online.