Shoes: Pleasure and Pain is a magnificent exhibit of over 300 pairs of dazzling footwear. For this month’s PEM/PM event, scheduled for December 15, we dove into our ephemera collections for advertisements, images, and trade catalogs chronicling the history of shoe manufacturing. Read more
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
"Female Politicians" by George Moutard Woodward
One of the least utilized collections at the Phillips Library is our vast collection of cartoons and caricatures. We have hundreds of cartoons, most typically lithographs, from the late eighteenth through the nineteenth century. Read more