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Content Roundup – Third Week – October 2015

"A Soldier for Ireland" / Ethna Carbery.  [121] p., The Shan Van Vocht, v. I, no. 7, July 3, 1896

“A Soldier for Ireland” / Ethna Carbery.
[121] p., The Shan Van Vocht, v. I, no. 7, July 3, 1896

This week finds a host of new newspaper issues! Catch up with the changing times. Newspapers of yesteryear often contained poetry, serial fiction, drawings, and illustrations, as well as features that continue in more modern papers such as photographs, maps, comics strips, classified and product advertisements, and letters to the editor.

Catholica

Newspapers

The Catholic Standard and Times

"The Bluebird Store",  advertisement,  5 p.,  The Catholic Standard and Times, v. 25, no. 5, Saturday, December 13, 1919

“The Bluebird Store”, advertisement, 5 p., The Catholic Standard and Times, v. 25, no. 5, Saturday, December 13, 1919

1919: (8 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:422552]

"Forrest Theatre. Ireland A Nation",  advertisement,  p. 5, The Catholic Standard and Times, v. 25, no. 27, Saturday, May 15, 1920

“Forrest Theatre. Ireland A Nation”, advertisement, p. 5, The Catholic Standard and Times, v. 25, no. 27, Saturday, May 15, 1920

1920 (19 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:429913]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

"Dublin and New York. Direct Emigration" advertisement,  p. 592, The Irish People, v. 1, no. 37, August 6, 1864

“Dublin and New York. Direct Emigration” advertisement, p. 592, The Irish People, v. 1, no. 37, August 6, 1864

The Irish People (7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:426929]

"The Irish Wolfhound", illustration, [353] p., The Irish Penny Journal, v.1, no. 45, May 8, 1841

“The Irish Wolfhound”, illustration, [353] p., The Irish Penny Journal, v.1, no. 45, May 8, 1841

The Irish Penny Journal (35 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:426510]

"Abraham Neill, Castalia Mills, Belfast",  advertisement,  40 p., The Shan Van Vocht, v. I, no. 2, February 7, 1896

“Abraham Neill, Castalia Mills, Belfast”, advertisement, 40 p., The Shan Van Vocht, v. I, no. 2, February 7, 1896

The Shan Van Vocht (6 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:291027]

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Historic Papers

"Song. Composed and Dedicated to the Catholic Club of Philadelphia By a member of its 'TID-RY-I' Organization

“Song. Composed and Dedicated to the Catholic Club of Philadelphia By a member of its ‘TID-RY-I’ Organization

Catholic Club of Philadelphia Records, 1871-1923 (6 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428999]


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Content Roundup – Second Week – October 2015

Deutsch-Amerika, v.2, no. 1, January 1, 1916

Deutsch-Amerika, v.2, no. 1, January 1, 1916

This week we display the initial digitized content from our newest Digital Library Partner, The German Society of Pennsylvania, including rare Great War materials. Also available are the initial digitized records of the Catholic Club of Philadelphia, a rare non-fiction account of Hobo travels, and new newspaper issues from a variety of collections. As the Autumn leaves fall, curl up with a mug of cider and read about riding the rails!


Catholica


Newspapers

[1] p., I.C.B.U. Journal, v. 18, no. 294, September 15, 1890

[1] p., I.C.B.U. Journal, v. 18, no. 294, September 15, 1890

I.C.B.U. Journal (33 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428063]

The Catholic Standard and Times (1917: 21 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:391199]

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Catholic Club of Philadelphia Records, 1871-1923 (9 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:428999]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Only a girl’s love / by Charles Garvice
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428408]

Non-Fiction

The ways of the hobo / by A-no. 1, the famous tramp, written by himself from personal experiences
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428080]

The German Society of Pennsylvania

Program, Deutschwehr-Fest Riverside, N.J. Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Abend Den 1.2. & 3. Mai 1916

Program, Deutschwehr-Fest Riverside, N.J. Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Abend Den 1.2. & 3. Mai 1916

(3 collections created, 5 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:428064]

Joseph McGarrity


Newspapers

The Irish People (9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:426929]


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eBook available: Motor Matt Makes Good

Motor Matt Makes GoodThis week sees the release of the twentieth issue of Motor Stories on Project Gutenberg, courtesy of Distributed Proofreaders and our Digital Library. Motor Matt Makes Good; or, Another Victory for the Motor Boys concludes the “submarine Grampus” story arc begun all the way back in issue 12. The next issue could take Motor Matt and his friends just about anywhere!

The issue also includes the conclusion to “The Spider Water,” begun last issue, and some filler material about alligators and venomous fish.

The entire text may be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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Information Wanted Of …

14 p., The Irish People, v. 1, no. 19, April 2, 1864

14 p., The Irish People, v. 1, no. 19, April 2, 1864

When digitizing newspapers rich stories are often hidden in the classified ads. In the April 2, 1864 issue of the Irish People, John M’Carthy wounded at Gettysburg and recovering at Camp Dennison seeks information on the whereabouts of his brother Denis, last seen in Buffalo, N.Y. The Irish People was published in Dublin so John was looking to connect to Denis by the fragile and tenuous network of hearsay and word-of-mouth communication. Did John ever find Denis, his long lost brother? Historical research may provide one answer.


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Content Roundup – First week – October 2015

[21] p., Scrapbook. International Conference for the Revision of the Geneva Convention, 1906; Robert M. O'Reilly Collection.

[21] p., Scrapbook. International Conference for the Revision of the Geneva Convention, 1906; Robert M. O’Reilly Collection.

This week we present a number of newly digitized Irish newspaper issues from the Joseph McGarrity newspaper collection, as well as the completion of the digitization of the Robert M. O’Reilly papers. Also of note: the 3 volume popular history of the Philadelphia Mafia “Before Bruno”.

American Catholic Historical Society

Historical Papers

Robert M. O’Reilly papers (11 items added, collection completed)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:414334]

Catholica

Newspapers

Catholic Weekly Instructor (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:408950]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:408968]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Non-Fiction

Prize Cook Book
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:422882]

Periodicals

Comfort, v. XXVI, no. 2, December 1913.

Comfort, v. XXVI, no. 2, December 1913.

Comfort (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:423032]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

[65] p., The Irish Penny Journal, v.1, no. 9, August 29, 1840

[65] p., The Irish Penny Journal, v.1, no. 9, August 29, 1840

Irish Penny Journal (8 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:426510]

The Irish People (5 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:426929]

Front cover, The Republic, v. 1, no. 8, January 31, 1907

Front cover, The Republic, v. 1, no. 8, January 31, 1907

The Republic (9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:426930]

Pennsylvaniana

Celeste A. Morello Collection

Front cover, Before Bruno, Book 3

Front cover, Before Bruno, Book 3

Before Bruno : the history of the Philadelphia mafia (3 volumes added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:428061]


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eBook available: How to Do Chemical Tricks

How to Do Chemical TricksAnother book in our collection has been given the Project Gutenberg / Distributed Proofreaders eBook treatment this week. How to Do Chemical Tricks is, as the title suggests, a collection of science experiments (not strictly limited to chemistry) from Frank Tousey‘s Ten Cent Hand Book series.

Like many other books in the series, this seems to have been cobbled together from multiple sources, as it seems a bit disorganized and sometimes repeats itself. In spite of its flaws, though, it is an interesting read, and some of the experiments might still be fun to perform today (if you can figure out how to modernize the archaic terminology). However, the book is obviously a product of a different time, as it encourages its young audience to do things that today’s parents would probably not approve of, including inhaling nitrous oxide, asphyxiating mice, and (of course) creating a variety of fires and explosions.

As always, the entire book can be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg, but remember — don’t try some of these things at home!


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Available for proofreading: In the Wonderful Land of Hez

In the Wonderful Land of HezA couple of years ago, we released an eBook of In the Depths of the Dark Continent, a dime novel adventure featuring, among other things, giant crabs and a lost civilization. Our latest project at Distributed Proofreaders comes from the same author and is written in the same vein: In the Wonderful Land of Hez; or, the Mystery of the Fountain of Youth.

To help create a new electronic edition of this forgotten adventure, first read this earlier post to learn how the process works, then join in at the project page.


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eBook available: The Art of Kissing

The Art of KissingThis week’s Project Gutenberg eBook release (courtesy of Distributed Proofreaders and our Digital Library) is The Art of Kissing by Will Rossiter, an eclectic mix of history, trivia, anecdotes and jokes. It is surprisingly extensive, so the best way to describe it is simply to reproduce its table of contents:

    I.    Origin of kissing; the Scandinavian tradition; an old poet’s idea—Kissing in ancient Rome, and among the Jews and early Christians—Biblical kissing—Religious significance—Kissing in early England—Ancient kissing customs as described by Erasmus—The puritanical views of John Bunyan—How Adam kissed Eve—A kiss defined: By the dictionary, Shakespeare, Robert Herrick, Sidney, Coleridge—Comical and short descriptions—A grammar of kissing—The scientific reason why kisses are pleasant.

II.    How to kiss—The act fully described—Size of the mouth to be considered—Large mouths and those of the rose-bud sort—The girl who claws and struggles—Poetical directions—Dangers of hugging—Tapping the lips of a Mexican senorita—Kissing a Chinese girl—How to receive a kiss—Long-remembered kisses—The kiss in betrothal and marriage.

III.    The significance of kisses—The kissing of hands in religious ceremony and social life, in ancient Rome, Mexico and Austria—The politic achievement of a kiss—An indignant cardinal—A kiss within the cup—Something about lips, the sweet petitioners for kisses—Dancing and kissing—An Irish kissing festival—Electric kissing parties—Kissing under the mistletoe—New year’s kissing in old New York—A Western kissing bee.

IV.    Kissing in different countries: In Arabia, Egypt, Russia, Finland, Iceland, Paraguay—A pleasing but perplexing Norwegian custom—The “blue laws” of Connecticut—Kissing in the eyes of the law—Money value of a stolen kiss—Sanitary dangers of kissing—Kissing the dying—Famous kisses—The Blarney Stone—Soulful kisses—Kissing the feet of beggars.

V.    Different kinds of kisses: The long, long kiss, the paroxysmal, the icy, the Western, the life-teeming kiss—How college girls kiss—The kiss of a female cornetist—Platonic kisses—Roman osculation—Characteristics of kisses—The kiss as a punishment—The king of baby-kissers—The kiss after marriage—Stolen kisses, sometimes called “dainty bits of plunder”—The story of a Circassian girl.

VI.    Men kissing each other in France, in England, and in Germany—Origin of the custom of kissing the Pope’s toe—Henry IV. and his punishment—Kissing the feet of royalty an ancient custom—Kisses as rewards of genius—The part osculation has paid in politics—Curious bargains for kisses—What legally constitutes a kiss—A kiss at auction—Giving $50 to kiss Edwin Booth.

VII.    Excuses for kissing; how all nature justifies the practice—The childish and the humorous excuse—Kissing casuistry—The gluttony of kissing; unaccountable osculatory demands—Excuses for not kissing—Kissing experiences—Dominie Brown’s first kiss—The kiss of the Spanish girl, the nurse, the mother—A curious German custom.

VIII.    The important consequences connected with kissing—Arrah-na-Pogue—Refusing the sacrament on account of a kiss—How a child’s kiss affected the course of a desperate man—What a little mare’s kiss did—Brought to life by a kiss—The kiss of death—Kissing in tunnels—A mountain experience—Kissing the cook.

And in case you are keeping score, yes, the book does share some of St. Augustine’s wisdom on the subject.

The entire book can be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – Last Week – September 2015

[7] p., "England's Second Line of Defence", The Republic, v. 1, no. 4, January 3, 1907

[7] p., “England’s Second Line of Defence”, The Republic, v. 1, no. 4, January 3, 1907

This week finds a few new titles for your attention, including books and newspaper issues from the Joseph McGarrity collection, including the first Irish Republican Brotherhood newspaper the Irish People as well as more issues of the Catholic Standard and Times from 1919.

Catholica


Newspapers

The Catholic Standard and Times (1919: 5 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:422552]

Joseph McGarrity Collection


Books

Association: or, The prospect of wealth and liberty : a satyrical, political, and panegyrical poem addressed to the patriotic sons and daughters of Ireland / by Paddy Churchill
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:426236]

[3] p. Geography of Ireland  ...

Geography of Ireland : a description of the country and of the several counties
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:425927]

Newspapers

[1] p., The Republic, v. 1, no. 8, January 31, 1907

[1] p., The Republic, v. 1, no. 8, January 31, 1907

The Republic (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:426930]

[113] p., The Irish People, v. 1, no. 8, January 16, 1864

[113] p., The Irish People, v. 1, no. 8, January 16, 1864

The Irish People (9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:426929]

[17] p., The Irish Penny Journal, v.1, no. 3, July 18, 1840

[17] p., The Irish Penny Journal, v.1, no. 3, July 18, 1840

The Irish Penny Journal (10 issues and index added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:426510]

[3] p. of second set, Geography of Ireland ...

[3] p. of second set, Geography of Ireland …


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eBook available: Tragedies of the White Slave

Tragedies of the White SlavesOur latest completed project from Distributed Proofreaders is Tragedies of the White Slave, an inexpensive paper-covered volume from 1909 that seems to fall into the same category as early “cautionary” films like Reefer Madness, adopting a highly moralistic tone while also providing shocking-for-its-time accounts of taboo topics.

Although the title page promises “ten tragedies of ten girls,” the book actually delivers six single-chapter anecdotes and a seventh tale split into six additional chapters. All claim to be true stories, and the long piece, about Irish lace-maker Ella Gingles, does appear to refer to a real case that was covered in such papers as the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times, among others. The author, Hal Mcleod Lytle, also appears to be a real Chicago Tribune reporter of the period, based on a search of the Ancestry database.

The premise of the book is that big cities, and in particular, Chicago, harbor a widespread and efficient industry specializing in entrapping young girls into forced prostitution. Human trafficking remains a real (if controversially-defined) problem, and undoubtedly some of today’s problems were already brewing in 1909 (and earlier). However, many of the anecdotes here resemble dime novel melodrama more than believable criminal activity, suggesting that, at best, this is a loose mix of fact and fantasy. Significantly, the real case involving Ella Gingles seems to offer a lot more ambiguity and room for alternate interpretations than the shorter, more apparently fictionalized or generalized stories.

If nothing else, this book offers an interesting view of how some particularly horrific subjects were viewed and portrayed in a much more conservative time, and it might also provide some starting points for deeper research into how reality and public perception differed on the subject of the exploitation of women during this period.


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