King said in an interview that this photograph was taken as he tried to explain to his daughter Yolanda why she could not go to Funtown, a whites-only amusement park in Atlanta. King claims to have been tongue-tied when speaking to her. “One of the most painful experiences I have ever faced was to see her tears when I told her Funtown was closed to colored children, for I realized the first dark cloud of inferiority had floated into her little mental sky.”

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OK, who wants my job!? Tumblarians with corporate/special research experience, get to it!


Pioneering astronomer Vera Rubin, who confirmed the existence of dark matter, is 86 today – celebrate with her fantastic 1996 Berkeley commencement address on science and stereotypes.


Bibliophiles and print enthusiasts, take note. We have a new blog post owl about bookplates. Ahem, all about bookplates.

Lynd Ward bookplate with owl design, 194-. Lynd Ward bookplates, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

White Northern Lights in Finland

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This is exactly what is needed in the Libraries - forget carrels and collaborative meeting spaces -  HAMMOCKS.

Reblogging ourselves because it’s “National Hammock Day” - why not? There’s a surprise hammock aficionado if you check out the entire brochure for J.B. Patterson’s Textile Novelties.


Alexander Calder was born today in 1898. The existentialist philosopher Jean–Paul Sartre praised Calder’s mobiles, describing them as “lyrical invention.” 

[Alexander Calder. Untitled. 1939.] 



45 years ago, July 20 1969,  Apollo 11 put two men and two Hasselblads on the moon.

The resulting images are iconic. 

They were simple to use (with bulky space gloves) and the large format film was preloaded into magazines that could easily be interchanged mid-roll when lighting situations changed. 

Astronaut Wally Schira carried the first Hasselblad (a 500C which he had purchased in Houston) into space during his Earth orbit in 1962.

During the Apollo 11 mission, nine magazines of 70-millimeter film were exposed using four specially modified Hasselblad cameras: 

70-mm Hasselblad Electric Camera: carried aboard the command module, featured a motor-drive mechanism, powered by two nickel-cadmium batteries, that advanced the film and cocked the shutter whenever the camera was activated.

70-mm Hasselblad EL Data Cameras (EDC): carried on the lunar module, electrically powered, semiautomatic operation. It used Carl Zeiss 60-mm Biogon lens, equipped with a polarisation filter. Operated by squeezing a trigger mounted on the camera handle. The reseau plate was made of glass and was fitted to the back of the camera body, extremely close to the film plane. The plate was engraved with a grid of 25 crosses which were recorded on every exposed frame to provide a means of determining distances and analysis.  The camera was bracket-mounted on the front of a LM astronaut’s suit. The photo plate was also coated with a small conductive layer of silver, preventing the buildup of static electricity that could result in a spark. The outer camera was painted silver to help maintain its temperature on the lunar surface and all lubricants had to be replaced to allow the machines to work in the vacuum of space. 

70-mm Hasselblad Lunar Surface Superwide-Angle Camera: carried aboard the lunar module. The shutter and film advance were operated manually.

The folding loop on back of the magazines was to assist hoisting them up to the lunar module. The camera and the lenses were all left on the moon to save weight on the return to Earth. Only the film magazines were brought back. 

Altogether a dozen NASA astronauts have walked on the moon surface in five lunar landing missions. No human has returned since the crew of Apollo 17 departed in December 1972.

12 Hasselblads are still sitting there.

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Romance publishing giant Harlequin is seeking submissions for a new digital first imprint called Harlequin E-Pop!, which will publish ebooks on classic and modern pop culture.

The acquisition editors invite authors to submit clever, lively, informative long-form narratives on their beloved movies or TV shows with a strong focus on love and romance.

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LOS ANGELES — A central insight of James Baldwin’s writing had to do with the way racism diminished the racist as much or more than his victim. Ironically, Baldwin may have first realized this in his relationship with his step-father, a black man who thought Baldwin was physically ugly and that the attention and accolades he received in school — where he was immediately recognized as exceptional — were not to be taken at face value.


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