Following up on Mischa Honeck's interesting post, "Innocent Ignorance: Whitewashing an Empire with the Boy Scouts of America," which includes a link to a 1914 Boy Scout Handbook, we have found a year's worth of Boys' Life from 1915 at the Internet Archive. This official BSA magazine contains stories, Scouting news, advice, photographs, advertisements, and … Continue reading Boys’ Life
Film from 1960 about the role of women in the consumer product development research process at Corning Glass Works. As highly gendered and white as Mad Men, but less glamorous. Runtime: 13:32.
Commenting on his famous work Le Penseur, or The Thinker, a century ago, the French sculptor Auguste Rodin described his subject in terms of its utter (masculine) physicality. "What makes my Thinker think is that he thinks not only with his brain, with his knitted brow, his distended nostrils and compressed lips, but with every … Continue reading Rodin’s Thinker, the New Deal, and Libraries as Spaces of Knowledge
On this May Day, it is interesting to read a Progressive Era speech by Florence Kelley from December 1905 entitled "The Federal Government and the Working Children."1 Kelley was arguing for a federal solution to the dearth of accurate and timely data about child labor in the United States. The industrial and agricultural interests that … Continue reading Sources: Child Labor in the United States
The handwriting on this fascinating image taken inside the British Museum Library, ca. 1906, reads, "More than forty miles of shelves, two millions of books, and 'of the making ... is no end.'" The accompanying summary at the Library of Congress appears to get something wrong, however: "Photograph shows the book stacks in the reading … Continue reading “More than forty miles of shelves”
This vocational film is interesting in a few different ways, including for its normative gender roles. Source and further details: Prelinger Archives, Internet Archive, https://archive.org/details/Libraria1947
Here are the ten photographs from which the current selection of randomized header images on this blog were drawn. All of these images are housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. What do these photographs have to do with the history of knowledge? What stories do they tell? What questions do they raise?