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And the new champion is….

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…


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Last Modified: October 17, 2014