Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 25

Painting of Ship, British Nation, Christmas Day Off the Five Islands, Painted by H. Noyes Lewis

Painting of Ship, British Nation, Christmas Day Off the Five Islands, Painted by H. Noyes Lewis

Remember the image of the sailor placing a Christmas tree on the mast of a ship, which was the subject of the December 2nd blog?  Well, we have come full circle.  This image depicts a ship fully decked out for Christmas, following the custom of hoisting an array of colorful signal flags amongst the rigging with sails unfurled. Read more

Phillips Library Advent Calendar, December 24

Santa Clause Presents His Compliments . . .Santa Has Not Yet Arrived

‘Twas the night before Christmas . . .  How many of us have gone to bed Christmas Eve listening to that story and wondering if we really did hear Santa on the roof?  This item, the earliest movable book version of Clement Moore’s classic tale, was published in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1858.  The rare toy book includes a lithograph of a fireplace decorated for Christmas on one side, with Moore’s poem printed on the other.  Read more