Stanley Kubrick’s Chicago
Few people know that before he started making movies, Stanley Kubrick was a star photojournalist. In the summer of 1949, Look magazine sent him to Chicago to shoot pictures for a story called “Chicago City of Contrasts.”
State Street, Chicago 1949
Original caption: Chicago’s theater district, lined with marquees, has been forbidden to show “vulgar” plays. But the strip-tease girls still flourish on West Madison.
Vintage War-Time Posters Promoting American Libraries
It’s fascinating to take a look through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's collection of posters and propaganda from the American Library Association, an organization founded in 1876 and still going strong in its quest to make libraries—both physical and digital—cultural hubs for learning and leisure.
Lots of the images on file are from efforts to increase book donations from civilians during WWI, then later from the Victory Book Campaign during WWII (anyone particularly interested should check out the the posts over at Books For Victory, which has some great background info).
Happy 79th Anniversary Of Birth, Elvis!
In honor of The King’s 79th anniversary of birth, here’s a library book checkout card that he signed as a 13-year-old. Read the full story below!
A library card bearing the signature of a 13-year-old Elvis Presley was sold at auction for $7,500, doubling estimates. The autograph is believed to be the earliest signature of the King of Rock and Roll.
The auctioneers did not expect much from the library card signed to borrow a copy of “The Courageous Heart: A Life of Andrew Jackson for Young Readers” from Humes High School in Memphis in 1948.
The card was discovered during a library inventory in the book about US President Andrew Jackson, one of the founders of the Democratic Party. The book was sold at auction along with the autograph.
Library Due Date Card iPhone Case
Thank you Etsy for another amazing Library-inspired creation!