1. todayinhistory:

August 18, 1771. Phillis Wheatley, a famous poet, becomes a full member of Old South Meeting House, the church and public meeting space where she attended since being brought to Boston as an enslaved child more than ten years earlier. Old South Meeting House is where she first heard  the Reverend George Whitefield preach, and her poem about him was the first poem to earn her widespread recognition. In 1773, she became the first African to publish a poetry book in the English language, and the third woman in America to do so.
Today, Old South Meeting House is a history museum, and we celebrate Phillis Wheatley day on August 18.

    todayinhistory:

    August 18, 1771. Phillis Wheatley, a famous poet, becomes a full member of Old South Meeting House, the church and public meeting space where she attended since being brought to Boston as an enslaved child more than ten years earlier. Old South Meeting House is where she first heard  the Reverend George Whitefield preach, and her poem about him was the first poem to earn her widespread recognition. In 1773, she became the first African to publish a poetry book in the English language, and the third woman in America to do so.

    Today, Old South Meeting House is a history museum, and we celebrate Phillis Wheatley day on August 18.

  2. bibliolectors:

Reading gets the brain in shape/ La lectura pone en forma el cerebro (ilustración de Eric Comstock)

    bibliolectors:

    Reading gets the brain in shape/ La lectura pone en forma el cerebro (ilustración de Eric Comstock)

  3. itsawasplife:

Rest in Peace, Robin Williams

    itsawasplife:

    Rest in Peace, Robin Williams

  4. pickeringtonlibrary:

    LIBRARIANS

    So true.  Kinda painful how true this is.

    (Source: shiftglass)

  5. okkultmotionpictures:

    Happy OKKULT International Cat Day

    Today is International Cat Day! Every day is cat day on the web, so we decided that we’d bring a bit of class back with a short list of historical cat GIFs. (By the way, this post is also dedicated to darksilenceinsuburbia)

    1. Boxing Cats (1894) by T. A. Edison - more here
    2. Cat gallopping (1887) by E. Muybridge - more here
    3. Felix Turns The Tide (1922) - more here
    4. Barn Animals (ca1940) - more here

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  6. From our postcard collection, copyright 1904: &#8220;Elsinore Entrance, Eden Park, Cincinnati, O.&#8221;

    From our postcard collection, copyright 1904: “Elsinore Entrance, Eden Park, Cincinnati, O.”

  7. chicagopubliclibrary:

#ButFirstLetMeTakeASelfie 

    chicagopubliclibrary:

    #ButFirstLetMeTakeASelfie 

  8. 
"While the Ferrotype, however, approaches nearer the Daguerreotype in all its points of excellence than any other picture of its kind, it is still inferior in brilliancy to the latter, for the reason that its surface is not finely polished, it is less opaque, the varnished collodion surface will not reflect light so perfectly as the polished silver; but while it is not equal to the Daguerreotype in that respect, it has compensatory advantages which have placed it far in advance of any other product in positive photography."


From &#8220;The Ferrotype, and How To Make It,&#8221; 1872.

    "While the Ferrotype, however, approaches nearer the Daguerreotype in all its points of excellence than any other picture of its kind, it is still inferior in brilliancy to the latter, for the reason that its surface is not finely polished, it is less opaque, the varnished collodion surface will not reflect light so perfectly as the polished silver; but while it is not equal to the Daguerreotype in that respect, it has compensatory advantages which have placed it far in advance of any other product in positive photography."

    From “The Ferrotype, and How To Make It,” 1872.

  9. vintagelibraries:

Public Library of Cincinnati &amp; Hamilton County, ca. 1927.

    vintagelibraries:

    Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, ca. 1927.

  10. sesamestreet:

Happy birthday, Harry Potter!

    sesamestreet:

    Happy birthday, Harry Potter!