Study me in thy Prime / Bury Death and weary Time. / The Glasse doth Runne, and Time doth Go, / Death hath his End, I have not so. 

The woodcut illustration that introduces Sir Edwin Sandys’ treatise on European religion reminds readers that their time is indeed running out, as two figures representing death hold their sacred text above the hourglass.

Sir Edwin Sandys. Europae Specvlvm Or, A View Or Svrvey Of The State Of Religion in the Westerne parts of the world. 1637. New-York Historical Society. 


For our next #PageFrights installment, we’re sharing this photo (and a few-close-ups) taken at the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair. It may look like the last scene of Rosemary’s Baby, but the caption reads:

Eileen Leonard visits the home of some miniature World’s Fair performers, at the du Pont “Wonder World of Chemistry” building. A marionette show is used to sum up the story of chemical research and its relation to the lives of the average American family. The little chap is perched on the lady’s knee is the guide. The Tatterman group, under the direction of William I. Duncan, is producing the show. 

From Accession 1982.304, photos of DuPont’s presence at World’s Fairs, in Hagley’s Audiovisual Archives.

While #PageFrights is technically over, we’d like to share this spooky, skeletal scene, just in time for Dia de los Muertos! This is from *La Pulqueria* by Fernando Robles, an accordion-style book depicting scenes from a neighborhood bar during the Mexican Revolution – only with skeletons!

Speaking of skeletons, would you like to decorate your very own decorative skull? How about sampling some homemade Mexican food? If so, come celebrate Dia de los Muertos with the Spanish Department and  us tomorrow from 5 to 7! We would love to have you!

Image credit: Robles, F., Burr, C., & Mandri, H. (2014). La pulquería. [México, D.F.]: Ediciones Tecolote.


A Special Collections Caturday

At the beginning of the month, we introduced you to Tali, the calico catmate of our undergraduate assistant Alex as part of our ongoing series on the feline friends and housemates of UWM Special Collections staff. Well, Alex and Tali have a new arrival to their household in the form of a little gray kitten named Legion. You may recall that Alex is fond of the gaming franchise Mass Effect, and named Tali after a character in that story arc. Legion is also named after a Mass Effect character, sharing the same coloration and multifarious personality as the story’s character. As in the game, the feline Tali and Legion started out as adversaries, but quickly became allies and then loyal friends.

Legion (the kitten) enjoys attacking things and then snuggling, warm blankets, playing Mass Effect with Alex, and swimming with the dishes.

View a few of our other fine, furry friends.

And, as a nod to #pagefrights and the season:

Caturday Divination Secrets

Here’s Halloween party game from a postcard from 1913 where you can find out the first letter of the person you’re going to marry. Peel an apple and at midnight, give it a toss to see what it’ll say–fashionable cat dress optional, but preferable.

This postcard wishing the recipient a jolly Halloween was sent from Newark, NJ in 1908 with the message:

I hope you have a good time Halloween. We are having a rainstorm here it is fierce. Hope to hear from you soon.


Here’s hoping for a fierce Halloween this year.