January 2016

Fore-edge paintings

A fore-edge painting is one done on the edges of a book's pages, so that the painting is only visible when the pages of the book are fanned.

Chatelaine

Chatelaine magazine was first published in March 1928, and has undergone several shifts in tone over the years. Although initially featuring much first-wave feminist content, in the depression it lost much of its political edge and began printing more articles about, for example, budgeting. Similarly, during the second world war, it encouraged women to join the war effort, and after the war, it shifted once more to usher them back into the kitchen with a focus on family life.

Red Riding Hood

I hope everyone had lovely holidays! Down in Special Collections & Archives, we are all rested up, and are welcoming in 2016 by featuring a lovely shape book of stories and nursery rhymes, published by Ernest Nister in the 1890s.

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