A Parisian Souvenir

Before summer ends, it might be nice to take a little mental holiday. How about a tour of Paris, circa 1898? And why not throw in a book of pretty pictures with a built-in mini-mystery?  

Tip of the hat to Gazette du Bon Ton

What better day to celebrate one of our favorite French fashion periodicals than January 15th – known in some corners of the internet as “National Hat Day”. In the pages of Gazette du Bon Ton, fantastic head adornments certainly abound:  

Women’s History Month: An American in Paris, Thérèse Bonney

Born in upstate New York, Thérèse Bonney(1897-1978), was a photojournalist whose work reflected a wide variety of interests and subjects. She studied at the University of California at Berkeley and Radcliffe College in the 1910s. Bonney immigrated to France in 1919 where she became one of the first ten women to graduate from the Sorbonne and founded the first American illustrated press service in Europe, the Bonney Service, in 1924. 

F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald at the AAPG Library

In Woody Allen’s latest film Midnight in Paris, a modern-day writer finds himself repeatedly traveling back in time to Paris at the height of the 1920’s. While there he meets a number of the period’s famous writers and artists, from Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein to Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Seeing this film made me want to learn more about the fascinating lives of these people, so I decided to research Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, who in the film introduce us to the world of Paris in the twenties.

Bienvenue Emmanuelle!

Emmanuelle Couvert has joined the Libraries’ book conservation lab for a three month internship. She is a 4th year student in the book conservation program at the Institut National du Patrimoine in Paris.

Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle

The Libraries' featured exchange partner for April is our counterpart in Paris, France: the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (MNHN) in Paris, France. We have been corresponding and exchanging with them since at least 1937. The MNHN was incorporated as the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle in 1793 during the French Revolution, and opened in 1794. After a complicated developmental history and receiving financial autonomy in 1907, it began a new phase of growth, opening facilities throughout France during the interwar years. In recent decades, it has directed its research and education efforts at the effects of human exploitation on the environment. In French public administration, the Muséum is classed as a grand établissement of higher education. The museum's mission, similar to that of the Smithsonian's, is both fundamental and applied research and public diffusion of knowledge. It is organized into seven research and three diffusion departments. The research departments are: Classification and evolution Regulation, Development, and Molecular Diversity Aquatic Environments and Populations Ecology and Biodiversity Management History of Earth Men, Nature, and more »

Postcards from the Cooper Hewitt Library

The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Library boasts more than 10,000 postcards in its “hidden” collection; arranged by subject in card file drawers, they range in date from the turn of the century to the 1990’s. This collection includes notes from youth embarking on the Grand Tour, descriptions of dorm life from students at elite educational institutions, souvenirs from World's Fairs, and photographs of historical buildings that have since been demolished, as well as letters to and from the Hewitt sisters, the granddaughters of innovative scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur Peter Cooper, who founded the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1859. In 1897, Sarah and Eleanor Hewitt started a gallery of the decorative arts on the fourth floor of the Cooper Union, which expanded to become what we now know as the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In this first post, the Libraries will feature Parisian fashion postcards. The latest international fashions were printed on postcards and recorded as both photographs and hand-drawn illustrations. Those interested in more »

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