January 2012

Ugly, misbegotten, hump-backed, and so forth

Some fonts just don't get much love. Papyrus and Comic Sans are well-known for being much loathed. And one font from that more distant past that would have appreciated their situation was Cheltenham.


Civil Warrior of the Week #6: George Henry Thomas

Henry "Rock of Chickamauga", "Sledge of Nashville", "Slow Trot" Thomas

The Rock of Chickamauga deserved better PR.


Happy 150th, Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton, the author of Ethan Frome, The Age of Innocence and quite a few other classic works of fiction, would turn 150 today. Wharton was born in New York on the 24th of January, 1862. If you happen to find yourself in the Lenox, MA area tomorrow, you can celebrate at The Mount, the home Wharton designed for herself.

Wharton's presence is felt here at the Providence Public Library because of her connection to not one, but two of our collections:


The Literary Life of the Whaleman

If you're wondering what kept whalers occupied when they weren't busy whaling, Robin Davis of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has part of the answer: reading the works of American women authors. In a recent blog post Robin describes hunting through logbooks from our Nicholson Whaling Collection for lists of the books read on board.


Your Luck's in Your Own Hand

For all those looking to cut down on your fortune-telling expenses, this ephemeral item from the Percival Magic Collection should help: