Animated stereoview of a group of German soldiers marching along a road around the time of the Boxer Rebellion in Beijing, China, c. 1902. Published by C. H. Graves.



Staff Pick of the Week

For this week’s staff pick, I have selected The Naturalist’s Library by Augustus A. Gould. I happened upon it while roaming the stacks last week and, much like a bird, was immediately enamored with the shiny gold spine and cover. Fitting. 

The Naturalist’s Library was published in 1850 by E. Kearny in New York. Natural History was becoming an increasingly popular topic and a number of books had been published on the subject in a short period of time. In this book, Gould attempted to compile the information already available into one complete, comprehensive volume. As a conchologist, a malacologist, and one of the most renowned zoologists of the nineteenth century, he was certainly qualified for the job.

The book is full of excellent wood engravings - it boasts 400 in total - and I’ve selected a few of my favorites for your viewing pleasure. Some were selected because they are beautiful, others because they have excellent names, and others still because they are ridiculous - pay extra attention the the Mandrill, which appears to be smoking a pipe after finishing a bottle of liquor while leaning on a chair. Please let me know if any of this makes sense to you, as I’m wildly confused (though equally entertained).  

The book is not without flaws. Parts of the book pertaining to humans are a bit, well, terrible. But don’t worry, with the help of GIF Master and Office Manager Alice, we’ve sorted things out. Please enjoy “The Different Faces of Men”! Gosh, men sure do have many faces…

– Emily

Mutt was a YMCA cigarette delivery dog during WWI. These dogs delivered cigarettes and even provided psychological comfort, even just for a fleeting moment, to the soldiers out on the field. They were known to boost moral. Mutt was injured twice during WWI. Quite often, mascots such as Mutt were left behind when conflict was over but it is said that Mutt was smuggled on board and returned safely to New York.
'Floyd Norman: An Animated Life ' Trailer Reveals How an Artist Defied the Odds to Become a Disney Legend (Exclusive)

“Floyd Norman: An Animated Life tells the story of Floyd Norman, who was the first African American animator to work for Walt Disney Animation Studios and whose career has spanned 60 years.

Norman began his career at Disney in 1956 as an inbetweener for Sleeping Beauty. He worked his way up to movies like One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book. Norman was there for many of the key events in Disney’s history, giving him the reputation as ‘The Forrest Gump’ of the animation industry.

After Walt Disney died in 1966, Norman left the company to work on Saturday morning cartoons shows like Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids before returning to Disney productions in the 1970’s for Robin Hood.

After overcoming doubts from people that he could break into Disney because of his race, he found ageism to be the next hurdle, when he was forced into retirement at 65. But now 81, Norman works as a freelancer at  Disney and has said he plans to die at the drawing board.

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, screens at Comic-Con at 3:10 p.m. Friday and will be followed by a Q&A with Norman, filmmakers Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey, as well as Music Composer Ryan Shore. A separate panel on the film will be held Friday at 9 p.m.”

Watch the trailer at the link.


The filming of the MGM logo. The classic lion trademark was first created in 1916 and a number of lions have been used. Jackie, was the second lion to be used from 1928 - 1956 and was the first lion to have his roar recorded to be included at the beginning of movies. As well as appearing in the MGM logo, Jackie also appeared in a number of movies including Tarzan. Jackie also survived a number of accidents including two train crashes and an earthquake earning him the nickname “Leo the Lucky”