Gale launches new Smithsonian products

This past week at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, launched two new products based on Smithsonian collections. The products, Trade Literature & the Merchandizing of Industry and World’s Fairs and Expositions: Visions of Tomorrow, featured many items from the Smithsonian Libraries.

Conservation of World’s Fair Pop-Up Books

    A set of four pop up books from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 were recently treated in the book conservation lab.  The books are part of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library World’s Fair materials. The World’s Columbian Exposition took place in Chicago in 1893 and these four books reveal four different views of the exposition.  The four books were in good condition for pop-up books.  The chromolithographic prints are more »

International World’s Fairs and Expositions

Masterpieces of the Centennial International Exhibition illustrated . . . Earl Shinn, Walter Smith and Joseph M. Wilson. Imprint: Philadelphia: Gebbie & Barrie, [1876-1878], p. cxlvi (vol. 3) ("Main Building – Central Avenue looking West"). International World’s Fairs and Expositions have been popular cultural events since the 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition in London. The opportunity for visitors to see and experience new technologies, products, peoples, and ideas had a tremendous impact on the people who attended these world-wide events in Europe, North America, and Asia. These fairs are of particular interest to Smithsonian researchers and to scholars from outside the Institution. They use the Libraries' World’s Fairs collection of original print editions or microfilm copies that include official reports by contributing organizations and government agencies or exhibition guides and maps given to visitors, to understand their impact on the modern world. Many of these unique publications came to the Smithsonian from people who had attended particular fairs or who collected literature from the many fairs that were held in the 19th, 20th more »

International Friendship Month

February is International Friendship Month. What better way to illustrate friendship between nations than a depiction of Napoleon signing the Louisiana Purchase? the fact that this little slice of history comes from a World's Fair Louisiana Purchase Exposition Borden milk advertisement makes it all the more interesting! —Elizabeth Periale Borden Company, E pluribus unum: the story of an eagle, 1904

February is National Embroidery Month

This lithograph displays machine-made embroidery from the 1876 and 1878 World's Fairs. The Libraries has many wonderful items from World's fairs in its collections. Many other wonderful images can be viewed in our online bibliography, Revisiting the World's Fairs and International Expositions. Enjoy! —Elizabeth Periale Frank H. (Frank Henry) NortonIllustrated Historical Register of the Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia 1876 and of the Exposition Universelle, Paris 1878, c. 1878

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