On this day in 1869, Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, N.Y. patented his invention, the stove-top waffle iron. While waffles irons of sorts have existed since the 1300s, Swarthout intended more »
Month: August 2010
It would appear that the martyrdom of a Filipino senator and a sweet English dessert have nothing in common and, technically, this is entirely true. However, there is something we can do to combine these two seemingly disparate holidays, to laud the triumph of democracy over tyranny, to have our sponge cake and eat it, too.
Beat this summer's brutal heat and fireproof your home by building it out of Natco Hollow Tile! These terra cotta bricks are specially designed using the best clay and firing more »
Hieronymus Bock, Kreütterbuch darin unterscheidt Nammen und Würckung der Kreütter [Herbal], 1587. The description for this page is dancing peasants and bagpiper under Linden Tree. This is just one of more »
http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonianlibraries/4899537612/in/photostream/Artpolice is a serial that can be found in the Smithsonian American Art/National Portrait Gallery Library’s own collection of “little magazines,” which specializes in the forward-thinking art and aesthetics of small press publications of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
Today, August 19, is National Aviation Day, as well as being Orville Wright’s birthday. He was born in 1871. The Libraries has many titles in its collections centering on Orville and his brother . . . Happy birthday, Orville!
Looking for creative ways to reduce your electricity consumption? If you are a horse owner, look no further than the Chicago Bicycle Clipper!