Exploring a Historic Panorama

Dinah Cardin

Kung Tai Studio. Photographic panorama of the Shanghai Bund. Shanghai, China, 1882. Albumen prints. Gift of Mrs. Beverley R. Robinson, 1950. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. Image credit: Walter Silver.

The world’s second tallest tower is soon to officially open in Shanghai, and with it, a sky-bound branch of China’s Guanfu Museum. To celebrate, several departments at PEM have been working together to make available online a panorama from PEM’s significant collection of 19th-century photographs of China. The museum’s 11-foot photographic panorama of the Shanghai Bund from 1882 was made by Kung Tai Studio and consists of 13 prints joined to form a sweeping view of the Shanghai waterfront. Read more

Miniature Books at PEM/PM

Ask any librarian and they will tell you that every book has something that makes it “special.”  Here at the Phillips Library our shelves are filled with books that are rare and unique in myriad ways.  Some are signed by the author or a notable owner.  Some are centuries old and have survived unknown trials.  Some are the only known copy in the United States, or even the world.  And some are special in part because of their size.  This post will look at some of our smallest books. Read more

Conversant Celebrates 100th Post

The most popular tags used in the first 100 posts on Conversant!

The Phillips Library is pleased to celebrate our 100th blog post!  Conversant has been bringing you thought-provoking, stimulating (and occasionally humorous) insights into the Phillips Library collections for almost two years.  Check out our contributors’ nine favorite posts below.  Here’s to the next hundred! Read more