LCP News

J.C. Wild, Destruction by Fire of Pennsylvania Hall, hand-colored lithograph (Philadelphia, 1838). Library Company digital collections. During the fire, showing the fire companies' refusal to train their hoses on the fire.

Pandemic Protest, Pandemic Riots

June 25, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
Edward Williams Clay, The Smokers (New York: H. R. Robinson, 1837). Lithograph.

Wanting to Kick Myself: My First Days in the Graphic Arts Department

June 16, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
LCP Seal

An Important Message from the Edwin Wolf 2nd Director

June 5, 2020/by Tristan Dahn

French Rolls

May 29, 2020/by Emily Smith
John L. Magee, Death of George Shifler in Kensington. Born Jan 24 1825. Murdered May 6 1844 (Philadelphia: William Smith, after 1850). Hand-colored lithograph.

Working with Graphics is Not Just Fun

May 28, 2020/by Tristan Dahn

The Norris Family and Their Networks

May 27, 2020/by Tristan Dahn

Pandemic Panic: Mary Shelley’s The Last Man

May 26, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
The Abbess, being dragged by Death from her nunnery looks far from ready to meet her maker, woodblock print from The Dance of Death by the German artist Hans Holbein (1497–1543).

Pandemic Reading: Cholera: John Snow’s Map and Poe’s “Red Death”

May 21, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
Leek Soup served with fresh crusty bread and basil.

Leek Soup

May 21, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
Depicts a "Quick Delivery" truck standing in the middle of the street, the driver napping and the horse eating grass from the street. A cop leans on a lamppost and twirls his nightstick. Children play marbles in the street, and a dog sleeps. The building in the background resembles Independence Hall.

Special Delivery

May 21, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
LCP Cataloger Em Ricciardi's book shelf arranged with their own "SystEm" method

Sorting Books the Library Way

May 14, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
Detail of the pest house on Province Island from A map of Philadelphia and parts adjacent, from Gentleman's Magazine, vol. 23, 1753 p. 373.

Pandemic Reading: Quarantine and Isolation at the Lazaretto

May 12, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
Ingredients for Indian Stew of Tomatoes from The Larder Invaded

Indian Stew of Tomatoes

May 11, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
The Microcosm of London. London: R. Ackermann, 1808-11. Christie’s Auction Room.

Traveling the World with Rudolph Ackermann

May 11, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
Demolition of Burd Mansion, s.w. corner Ninth and Chestnut streets

Six Degrees of Separation of the Edward Shippen Burd Mansion

May 4, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
Ingredients for artichoke hearts in cream sauce

Artichoke Hearts in Cream Sauce

May 4, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
Title page from A Narrative of the Proceedings of the Black People….

Pandemic Reading: Yellow Fever in Philadelphia

April 27, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
Lee Francis IV taking part in the symposium

Redrawing History: Taking the Symposium on the Road

April 24, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
Posthumous oil portrait of Francis Folger Franklin.

Pandemic Reading: Smallpox in Colonial America

April 23, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
Pudding, post boil

A Tale of Two Puddings Part Two: Blackberry Pudding

April 23, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
Portrait of Daniel Defoe in the style of Sir Godfrey Kneller

Pandemic Reading: Bubonic Plague and Journal of the Plague Year

April 17, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
Carrot pudding served with nutmeg, orange zest, and whipped cream

A Tale of Two Puddings Part One: Carrot Pudding

April 15, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
1555 Lyon edition of the Decameron

Pandemic Reading: Bubonic Plague and Boccaccio’s Decameron

April 13, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
Colin Campbell Cooper Jr., Detail from View of the Interior of Library Hall on Fifth Street (Philadelphia, 1879).

Searching Through the Catalog: From Print to Cards to Digital

April 8, 2020/by Tristan Dahn
Craig, Finley & Co. Lithographers and Printers (Philadelphia: Craig, Finley & Co., ca. 1930). Photomechanical print.

With a Nostalgic Heart for Fairs Past

April 8, 2020/by Tristan Dahn