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I Read It in a Magazine

No one can resist flipping through the pages of a magazine—in waiting rooms, while traveling, or anywhere. One that I love to browse through, and one that is popular among our library’s users, is the “women’s magazine,” Modern Priscilla (1887-1930). Originally focused on dress patterns, china painting, and needlework, the magazine’s scope was subsequently enlarged to cover other aspects of women's home life.
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Beware of the Goblin Spider! A haunting children's illustrated book

Everyone loves a scary story, especially on Halloween. Noted writer and linguist Lafcadio Hearn’s 1910 English translation of the ancient Japanese ghost tale, The Goblin Spider, transports children of all ages to an exotic world of samurai warriors, haunted temples, and monstrous goblin spiders.
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Lady Liberty's baby pictures from the Kubler Collection

To celebrate the Statue of Liberty’s 126th birthday, we’ve pulled together some of her baby pictures. These earliest images of Lady Liberty, from our National Design Library’s George A. Kubler Collection, depict her before her dedication in 1886 on Bedloe's Island—now Liberty Island. You might notice a few differences from the statue we know today, most notably the pedestal she is standing on.  
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Linoleum Lives On

Turning the pages of this 1939 Armstrong pattern catalog brings me back to when I first moved into my apartment.
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