Vinyl Library Opens in Seoul

Ga.A Architects founder Moongyu Choi designed a music library in the heart of Seoul, Korea. Commissioned by the credit card company HyundaiCard, the building is composed of three-stories and a concert room. In the catalogue of the vinyl library, one can find 10,000 vinyls with available turntables, 3,000 books and every issue of Rolling Stone since 1967. 


For her entry into the biannual Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark, Swedish artist Susanna Hesselberg installed this ominous library that plumments into the ground like a mining shaft. While visually arresting, the piece has a somewhat somber intention. Titled “When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down,” the artwork makes reference to lyrics from Laurie Anderson’s song World Without End. The piece joins an additional 55 sculptures on display right now at the 2015 Sculpture by the Sea through July 5, 2015. (via Hyperallergic)


Cookbooks, we have found, are among the most heavily annotated modern books.  Previous owners often modified recipes, made comments on their favorite (or least favorite) entries, or left food stains behind  sure signs of (repeated) use!  

Notes in cookbooks are often very personal, revealing a great deal about the tastes of the former owner but they can also add to our understanding of a work by expanding on the printed text.  Such is the case with our 1880 edition of Cooking and Castle-Building by Emma P. Ewing.

An anonymous former owner has left copious marginal notes throughout the work, referring several times to a cooking class the author gave in Cleveland in 1891.  Based on Mrs. Ewing’s comments in the class, 11 years after the original publication date of this work, our annotator has altered some of the printed recipes and added a few new ones in the back.

On Mrs. Ewing’s omelets, our anonymous annotator has the following to say:

*Mrs. Ewing now mixes the cream with the eggs before putting them over the fire. In her class, she used 2 eggs, 3 teaspoons cold water, & put into the omelet pan 1 ½ teaspoons melted butter. Keep pushing the egg toward centre of pan, & lift with a fork at edges.

The commentary also references other knowledgeable cooking teachers:

*Mrs. Rorer says: Give the eggs 12 or 15 beats – not more – & says: to each egg take 1 tablespoon boiling water – she says milk makes a tough omelet – she says: run a limber knife under while cooking, & says: sprinkle on the salt & pepper when ready to fold over.

Regarding the printed recipe for fried oysters, our annotator has some additional updates straight from the author herself:

*Mrs. Ewing now directs, (as I heard her say in one of her cooking classes) to use, in frying in this way, a small quantity of fat, equal parts of lard & clarified butter.  She also now directs to merely drain the oysters, & not to lay them on a towel as the towel absorbs moisture from the oysters themselves. She mixes 1 tablespoon water or milk with the egg for rolling the oysters.

And toward the back of the book (on hand-numbered pages), Mrs. Ewing’s student has recorded an alternate version of the author’s recipe for scalloped oysters, given in her 1891 cooking class:

Scalloped Oysters

Receipt given by Mrs. Ewing in her cooking class, Cleveland, 1891.

She said, “I learned this method twenty years ago in Maryland, where they know how to cook oysters. Since then I have always been looking for a better method, but have never found one.”

Take fine oysters, wash and drain them. Prepare bread crumbs in this manner: Take bread three or four days old (not dry enough to grate) take two pieces in your hands, and rub them together, making crumbs somewhat like those obtained by grating reject the crusts, which may be otherwise utilized, especially in a delicious apple-pudding. 

To a half-pint of these crumbs, add a seasoning of salt & pepper – seasoning more highly than one would choose to do if they were to be eaten by themselves and three tablespoonfuls of melted butter. Butter small individual scallop dishes of fire-proof ware (or a larger dish not very deep), sprinkle in a layer of crumbs, then put in a layer of drained oysters, then another layer of crumbs followed by a second layer of oysters; finally, a layer of crumbs. 

Remember that the deliciousness of this dish depends very greatly upon an observance of these directions – using two layers only of oysters in a dish.  In this case, they cook very quickly, requiring only 15 minutes in the oven (if in a large dish, from 15 to 20 minutes). The oysters will be moist, plump & delicious. Do not substitute cracker crumbs for bread, or the dish will not be so delicious.

This is a great example of how notes left behind by past owners can really add something of value to a printed work, especially an old cookbook.  How lucky we are to have this annotated copy on our shelves rather than a clean, unmarked version of the same work!




Happy Miniature Monday!

Even though the 4th of July has passed, here are some miniature scores for a few patriotic tunes from Hazeltine & Co., published circa 1896.  Hazeltine & Co. was a publishing company from the turn of the century created to promote “Piso’s Cure for Consumption”, a snake-oil “cure” for consumption and catarrh. Interspersed among the pages of music are testimonials from happy Piso’s customers whose illnesses were cured by the elixir.  Although Piso’s cure did not actually cure consumption, it probably had some pretty strong effects, since over the years it contained varying quantities of morphine, opium, chloroform, alcohol and marijuana.  Check out my two other posts on Hazeltine & Co. here and here.

Armstrong, Frank L. Red, White, and Blue. Warren, PA: E.T. Hazeltine, ca 1896. 2 1/8 x 3 1/4″

Hopkinson, F. Hail Columbia. Warren, PA: E.T. Hazeltine, ca. 1896.  2 1/8 x 3 1/4″

Star Spangled Banner. Warren, PA: E.T. Hazeltine, ca 1896.  2 1/8 x 3 1/4″

Holmes, Olver Wendell. The Flower of Liberty. Warren, PA: E.T. Hazeltine, ca 1896.  2 1/8 x 3 1/4″

See all of our Miniature Monday posts.

-Laura H. 


The maps and text in this beautiful 1838 hand-colored atlas depict a very different North America. Iowa was established as a territory on July 4, so this atlas provides a great look into the country at the time of Iowa’s inclusion.

The text in the fifth photo provides a glimpse of how the Trail of Tears was described in contemporary history.

Atlas: Bradford, T. G. (Thomas Gamaliel). An illustrated atlas, geographical, statistical, and historical, of the United States, and the adjacent countries. Boston: Weeks, Jordan [1838]

Not If We Can Engineer a Backlash

When a librarian finds out that one of the plans to save county money is to sell and commercialize the library services to a private company, with its accompanying horror stories, and literally the only sound you hear in the offices  for two hours are people calling reporters, friends, and neighbors.

Meet Your Maker | Maker Movement
On June 11, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in collaboration with the Congressional Maker Caucus, Maker Media, and Nation of Makers, hosted its first Capitol Hill Maker Faire, featuring a series of panel discussions and an expo open to the public, including members of Congress. Held in conjunction with this year’s National Maker Faire at the University of District of Columbia and the White House National Week of Making, June 12–18, these events indicate the growing interest in our nation’s capital in the Maker movement and its potential implications for education, workforce development, and community building.
Conceptions, Ms.

Questions about my gender come up every time I do outreach with kids. Yesterday, I visited a kindergarten class.

Kid: “Are you a girl or a boy?”

Me: “I’m a girl.”

Kid: “You look like a boy.”

Me: “Some girls look like boys.”

Kid: “You want to see something cool?”

Me: “Sure.”

He then proceeded to take off his prosthetic foot.

Kid: “It’s my new foot.”