FALVEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY



You are exploring: VU > Library > Blogs > Blue Electrode: Sparking between Silicon and Paper

Content Roundup – Fourth Week – October 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: October 24, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Postcard, December 1, 1917.

Postcard, December 1, 1917.

This week finds a significant number of new Barry-Hayes materials including poetry and fragments from other parts of the collection. A host of new story paper issues also are available for your reading pleasure. The first offering “Red Riding Hood” from a newly digitized fairy tales illustrated by R. André in popular literature series from 1888 and published by the McLoughlin Brothers show how European folk tales were made available to a younger American audience in vibrant color. Finally another musical set from the Philadelphia Ceili Group is completed! Listen and read on…

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

"A guilty conscience", [7 p.], Red Riding Hood : : / the pictures by R. André.

“A guilty conscience”, [7 p.], Red Riding Hood : : / the pictures by R. André.

Red Riding Hood : : / the pictures by R. André
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:363308]

Periodicals

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLV, no. 1159, December 30, 1916.

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLV, no. 1159, December 30, 1916.

Happy Days (7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361062]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361080]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361108]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361126]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361144]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361162]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361198]

The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 32, October 16, 1858.

The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 32, October 16, 1858.

New York Ledger (3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366169]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366179]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366189]

Great War

Postcard, “Old Nick’s here with greetings to you”, December 1, 1917
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366713]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle
(1914: 9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356010]
(1916: collection created, 2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366658]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry-Hayes Collection

Poem: 'How blighted the life the Sailor leades,' [n.d.].

Poem: ‘How blighted the life the Sailor leades,’ [n.d.].

Series LXIV. Narratives and poetry (2 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367369]

Series LXX. Forms (Blank) (9 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366657]

Series LXXI. Envelopes (30 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366890]

Series LXXII. Transcripts (1 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367362]

Series LXXIII. Fragments (4 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367276]

Series LXXV. Publications (2 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367361]


Philadelphia Ceili Group

“The Green Fields of America”, May 5, 1979 (9 tracks added, complete)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:366331]

“‘Irish Literary Tradition’, 1979″ with Thomas Kinsella (4 tracks added, complete)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367306]

Cover detail,  Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLIV, no. 1127, May 20, 1916.

Cover detail,
Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLIV, no. 1127, May 20, 1916.

Like

eBook available: Motor Matt’s Mystery

Motor Matt's MysteryAnother issue of Motor Stories from our collection is now available as an eBook thanks to the volunteers at Distributed Proofreaders. Motor Matt’s Mystery; or, Foiling a Secret Plot picks up where the previous volume left off, soon involving heroic Matt King in a pearl theft.

Probably the most frustrating feature of many dime novels is their heavy use of dialect, which not only tends to reinforce negative stereotypes but also makes reading difficult by forcing the reader to interpret nearly incomprehensible text. Unfortunately for readers, this volume has more dialect than any of the previous adventures due to the introduction of Carl Pretzel, an ex-vaudevillian with a German accent. In spite of this impediment, the book does manage to provide the usual action-packed adventure backed up with a reasonably well-constructed plot.

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

Like

eBook available: Step Lively!

Hair-Raising Tales

Hair-Raising Tales

When we rediscovered century-old paper-covered books in our basement a couple of years ago, the collection included four volumes from Street & Smith’s Humor Library. We have previously converted three of these (Atchoo!, Jiglets and What’s Your Hurry?) into eBooks, and now the fourth and final title in our collection has also become available.

Like two of the three aforementioned volumes, Step Lively! was written by vaudevillian George Niblo and consists of a transcript of one of his comedy routines accompanied by cartoons. Like the other volumes, the humor here relies largely on puns and stereotypes and is unlikely to induce much laughter from a modern reader. Still, it provides further documentation of a once-popular entertainment form from an earlier time.

If you care to read the entire book, you can find it on Project Gutenberg for download or online reading. If for some reason you just can’t get enough George Niblo, you can find one more volume of the Humor Library on the Internet Archive, courtesy of Harvard University: There and Back; or, A Little Trip to Humorville.

 

Like
1 People Like This Post

Available for proofreading: The Dreadnought Boys on Battle Practice

Dreadnought Boys on Battle PracticeA few months after the release of our previous Captain Wilbur Lawton eBook, The Ocean Wireless Boys on War Swept Seas, we have begun another Distributed Proofreaders project for a title by the pseudonymous author. The Dreadnought Boys on Battle Practice is the first of six volumes about adventures in the navy, released just a few years before the beginning of World War I.

To help bring this century-old adventure into the digital age, you can learn how the proofreading process works in this blog post, then proceed to the project page to begin work.

Like

And the new champion is….

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: October 17, 2014
  • Filed Under: Statistics

For many years the most frequently used item in the Digital Library had been the boxing title: Portrait gallery of pugilists of America and their contemporaries by Billy Edwards. This title published in Philadelphia by the Pugilistic Publishing Company gives an overview of the leading champions of the ring, circa 1894.

Title page, Portrait gallery of pugilists of America and their contemporaries.

Title page, Portrait gallery of pugilists of America and their contemporaries.

Dan Creedon, Portrait gallery of pugilists of America and their contemporaries.

Dan Creedon, Portrait gallery of pugilists of America and their contemporaries.

However the scales have finally tipped, and a new “high-use” champion of the Digital Library has entered the ring and been crowned with over 2,500 independent views:
How to make magic toys : containing full directions for making magic toys and devices of many kinds by A. Anderson from 1902, part of the Ten Cent Handbook Series.

Front cover,  How to make magic toys.

Front cover,
How to make magic toys.

It cannot escape notice that the magic toys depicted on the cover are of robotic boxers or wrestlers! Does this signal a research shift away from the human to the mechanical arena? Only time will tell…

Like

Content Roundup – Third Week – October 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: October 17, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Letterhead, from: Letter, To: "Dear Parents" From: William C. White, February 3, 1862.

Letterhead, from: Letter, To: “Dear Parents” From: William C. White, February 3, 1862.

This weeks marks the completion of the important American Civil War William C. White letter collection. As well a number of other additions including a new title from noted Dime Novelist Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller add to the enjoyment of an Autumn reading.

American Catholic Historical Society

Letter, To: "Dear Father" From: William C. White, July 13, 1869.

Letter, To: “Dear Father” From: William C. White, July 13, 1869.

William C. White Letters (collection complete: 21 items including partial transcription added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:364084]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature Collection


Fiction

Countess Vera; or, The oath of vengeance / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:365885]

Periodicals

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLV, no. 1160, January 6, 1917.

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLV, no. 1160, January 6, 1917.

Happy Days (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360846]


Historical Society of Montgomery County

Cover, Easter Issue, Ardmore Chronicle, 1914.

Cover, Easter Issue, Ardmore Chronicle, 1914.

Ardmore Chronicle (1914: 7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356010]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry-Hayes

Series LXII Index, Ledger (1 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:365766]

Series LXIII Notes re: Estate and Genealogy of Barry, Austin and Keen Families.
(22 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:365797]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

“The Green Fields of America”, May 5, 1979 (5 tracks added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366331]

Rear cover, Countess Vera; or, The oath of vengeance / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller.

Rear cover, Countess Vera; or, The oath of vengeance / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller.

Like

eBook available: Motor Matt’s Race

Motor Stories #5Hot on the heels of Motor Matt’s “Century” Run comes another issue of Motor Stories: Motor Matt’s Race; or, The Last Flight of the Comet. In this adventure, the series’ conflicted view of race is brought to the fore: the plot revolves around Matt’s part-Native American friend Tom Clipperton being wrongfully accused of a crime. He is unwilling to present evidence that could save him because it would further expose him to the community’s racism; he also takes a fatalistic view due to the all-white jury. At the same time, Tom himself readily uses slurs against other races, and the book itself portrays other Native Americans in as offensively stereotypical a way as it possibly could. All of this makes the book an interesting (and sometimes disconcerting) sociological study.

Following the main story, the book contains some filler material that further emphasizes that this is a product of a different time: an article about strange fish found near Cape Cod (including an obscure creature called the “horse-mackerel” or “tuna” that is sometimes eaten overseas) and an explanation of how fireflies generate light using vacuums and the ether.

The whole book can be read online or downloaded from Project Gutenberg.

Like
1 People Like This Post

Content Roundup – Second Week – October 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: October 10, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
[1 p.]. Subscription for the Relief of the Suffering Inhabitants of the Cape de Verde Islands, January 25, 1833, Barry-Hayes Papers.

[1 p.]. Subscription for the Relief of the Suffering Inhabitants of the Cape de Verde Islands, January 25, 1833, Barry-Hayes Papers.

This week brings more William White letters, a number of Happy Days issues, financial documents from the Barry-Hayes Papers, and an audio musical set, vintage 1979, “Knock na Shee” from the Philadelphia Ceili Group. Read, listen, and enjoy Fall Break 2014!

American Catholic Historical Society

Front,  Letter, To: "Dear Parents" From: William C. White, February 3, 1862

Front, Letter, To: “Dear Parents” From: William C. White, February 3, 1862

William C. White Letters (24 letters added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:364084]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

    Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XXXVIII, no. 988, September 20, 1913.

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XXXVIII, no. 988, September 20, 1913.

Happy Days (8 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360918]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360936]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360954]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360972]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360990]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361008]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361026]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361044]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry-Hayes

Series LXI. Financial Papers (49 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361953]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

“Knock na Shee”, 1979 (12 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:365251]

Cover illustration, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XL, no. 1024, May 30, 1914.

Cover illustration, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XL, no. 1024, May 30, 1914.

Like

Available for proofreading: Lancaster’s Choice

Lancaster's ChoiceOur latest Distributed Proofreading project is yet another Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller novel: Lancaster’s Choice. This title, reportedly one of the author’s personal favorites, was originally published in the short-lived New York Monthly Fashion Bazaar, a departure from the more mainstream story papers that hosted most of Mrs. Miller’s stories. The edition we have digitized is a later reprint from the Arthur Westbrook Company’s Hart Series.

To learn more about how you can help create a modern electronic edition of this long-forgotten novel, read this earlier post. When you’re ready to begin work, you can visit the project page to get started!

Like

eBook available: Motor Matt’s “Century” Run

Motor Stories #3It’s been a few months since we released the second issue of Motor Stories through Project Gutenberg. After a bit of a wait, the third issue is now here. In Motor Matt’s “Century” Run; or, The Governor’s Courier, heroic motor enthusiast Matt King finds himself helping local law enforcement break up a gang of smugglers who defy the Chinese Exclusion Act.

As is usual for the series, there’s plenty of fast-paced action as well as some signs of the changing times in which the story was written. Perhaps most interesting is the tension, also seen in earlier volumes, between clearly racist views (blood determines behavior, ethnic slurs are part of normal conversation) and more open-minded perspectives (characters question the fairness of Chinese exclusion, the villains aren’t portrayed simply as one-dimensional evil-doers). While the contemporary reader will undoubtedly see a lot more bad than good here, it is nonetheless interesting to see even small cracks in the racist assumptions of the period’s literature, as well as to observe discussions of contemporary social issues in what is otherwise a lightweight adventure novel for youthful readers.

More Motor Matt adventures will be coming soon. In the meantime, you can find the full text of this issue online at Project Gutenberg, where it can also be easily downloaded to the reading device of your choice.

Like

Next Page »

 


Last Modified: October 7, 2014