Drawer of various Massachusetts postcards for sale at an antique shop in Salem, Mass. Photo by Paige Besse.
After a few minutes of flipping through a box at a shop in Essex, I picked it up: a simple view of the Old State House in Boston with a slightly scorched edge. It was my first card. I started a few years ago, picking up postcards from various places along the North Shore of Massachusetts, focusing my purchases on prints on local places I knew well and on certain print eras. With a background in History, I revel in seeing places from a past perspective and am instinctively drawn to the dusty and worn. Read more
The Phillips Library is excited to be participating in #PageFrights this October. We will be Tweeting and Instagramming some of our creepy, scary, and Halloween themed collection images all month long. We will also add the images to this blog page so they can be collectively viewed.
137863, Classical revival card table made for Crowninshieldʹs Cleopatraʹs Barge 1816.
This piece first appeared in Connections, PEM’s member magazine, and is part of a series where our curators are asked to tell about a piece in the collection that intrigues them.
George Crowninshield Jr., the son of one of Salem’s wealthiest shipping merchants, was something of a showboat. With his father’s fortunes he not only commissioned America’s first private yacht, Cleopatra’s Barge, but he hired the finest craftsmen to make the furnishings. Read more