americanguide:

SOUTH PHILLY CALLIGRAPHY - PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA 

  1. Boot Bar lettering.
  2. Spain, Polka, Alma and assorted South Philly tag lettering. 
  3. Dodge lettering. 
  4. Pat’s King of Steaks lettering. 
  5. King of Jeans lettering.
  6. A Man’s Image lettering. 
  7. Melino’s lettering. 
  8. Texas Weiners lettering.
  9. Dolphin Tavern Billiards and Broad St. Cleaners lettering.
  10. DEERE lettering. 

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Northeast Regional Guide LEAH FRANCES was born in a small fishing village off the west coast of Canada and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. In pursuit of a graphic design career she moved to New York City in 2005 and now calls Crown Heights, Brooklyn, home. She spends her days in the production departments of magazines and her evenings studying at the International Center of Photography. Weekends you will find her in the back of a Greyhound bus, map in hand. Leah posts daily at americanroads.tumblr.com.

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Today in beautiful book covers…
 This is an 1881 account of the journey explorer Frederick Schwatka made in 1878 on behalf of the American Geographical Society. The AGS tasked Schwatka and his team (which included Gilder) to find records and evidence of Sir John Franklin’s arctic expedition that left England in 1845 and failed to return.

Today in beautiful book covers…

 This is an 1881 account of the journey explorer Frederick Schwatka made in 1878 on behalf of the American Geographical Society. The AGS tasked Schwatka and his team (which included Gilder) to find records and evidence of Sir John Franklin’s arctic expedition that left England in 1845 and failed to return.

Beautiful initial letter on this shipping receipt from 1715, for goods transported from Philadelphia to Jamaica aboard the sloop, Mary.  
Thomas Lediard being adored by the nautical arts. (From his The Naval History of England in all its branches, from the Norman Conquest … to the conclusion of 1734, published in 1735.)
The Independence Seaport Museum archives and curatorial staff would like it to be known that henceforth all of our staff photos will look like this.

Thomas Lediard being adored by the nautical arts. (From his The Naval History of England in all its branches, from the Norman Conquest … to the conclusion of 1734, published in 1735.)

The Independence Seaport Museum archives and curatorial staff would like it to be known that henceforth all of our staff photos will look like this.

Tattoo time aboard the USS Olympia! (circa 1898)
From an album of photographs taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston and others aboard USFS Olympia, compiled by Benjamin Franklin Littlejohn around 1898. The collection also includes clippings, ephemera, and a volume in which Littlejohn wrote a brief narrative of his life, dated 1954.
historicaltimes:

RMS Titanic presents an impressive silhouette from the starboard side, April 1912

historicaltimes:

RMS Titanic presents an impressive silhouette from the starboard side, April 1912

livelymorgue:

May 14, 1935: The American yacht Yankee, towed into Gosport, in southern England, to compete in the America’s Cup (which is an international award named for a schooner named America, which raced around the Isle of Wight and earned the inaugural trophy in 1851). After months of fervent speculation and drama, the Yankee had a mixed record,  often bested by the Endeavour and the Astra, before being scrapped in 1941. Photo: The New York Times

hspdigitallibrary:

Doodles by William Begg, a sailor on the ship Tenedos, who kept this log during his stint in the Naval battles of the War of 1812. Apparently, he was trying to learn anatomy in his down time!

Check out the rest of Begg’s “illustrated” journal here on our Digital Library.

Doesn’t look very electric to me.
[If you’re interested in learning more about the Audels books, this wikipedia page isn’t a terrible place to start. The volume pictured above is a 1941 reprint.]

Doesn’t look very electric to me.

[If you’re interested in learning more about the Audels books, this wikipedia page isn’t a terrible place to start. The volume pictured above is a 1941 reprint.]

uispeccoll:

Pleased to announce our newest book arts acquisition: 

The Deep by Kevin Steele.


From the artist’s website:  

"The Deep is a tribute to maritime folklore and tradition developed over centuries of nautical exploration. The ocean, which remains immense and mysterious in our own time, was all the more enchanting and terrifying to sailors in an era when being at sea meant a profound isolation from civilization in oft uncharted waters and dangerous passages.


The Deep is a circular accordion pop-up book which unfolds to an oversized eight-point compass rose. The compass, arguably the sailor’s most valuable instrument, not only enables accurate navigation but brings good luck, ensuring safe passage home and protecting against a watery end in the Deep.”

Visit the artist’s website.

If you want to take a look in person just stop by the desk in our reading room and our librarians will  probably offer a bit of assistance.  I particularly recommend getting a group together and stopping by since it is a great one to gather around. 

This is fantastic.

historicaltimes:

A mascot provides support aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort, 1918

historicaltimes:

A mascot provides support aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort, 1918

todaysdocument:

"Dear Sir,

I am very sorry but I am very mad about the oil spill. It is killing nature. And it is killing the sea otters. It makes me very sad because my class is doing a report on sea otters. And sea otters are cute. Sea otters are an endangered species. Please clean up the oil spill.

Sincerely,

Kelli Middlestead.
Mrs. Ashley - 2nd grade
Franklin School”

Letter from Kelli Middlestead from the Franklin School, Burlingame, California to Walter Stieglitz the Regional Director of the Alaska Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 04/13/1989

From the series: Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Correspondence, 1989 - 1991. Records of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Twenty-five years ago today the oil tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling over 250,000 barrels of crude oil and causing one of the worst oil spills and natural disasters in U.S. history.

This 2nd grade student’s letter to usfws is possibly our favorite record ever, but it’s especially bittersweet considering the magnitude of the disaster.

What are your memories of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill?

These covers from Edward Keble Chatterton books are pretty amazing, no? 

(sea rovers = vikings)

ca. 1912, photo of the Titanic lifeboat that John Thayer used during the Titanic disaster, shown with crew of recovery ship Mackay-Bennet. acc. no. 1989.033.623, 6 3/4x8 3/4”, from the Thayer Family Collections here at the archives.
See more at the J. Welles Henderson Archives & Library at the Independence Seaport Museum. Follow us on Tumblr!
The Floating Church of the Redeemer
Built in 1849 by Clement L. Dennigton of New York for the Churchman’s Missionary Association for Seasmen of the Port of Philadelphia, the Floating Church of the Redeemer was 90’x34’ and resided on the Delaware River at the foot of Dock Street. The Carpenter Gothic style church had an expansive interior designed by H. & O. Filolet of New York.  In 1853, it was reconstructed with a brick foundation as St. John’s Episcopal in Camden, New Jersey on Lower Broadway. Unfortunately, the church burned down on Christmas Day in 1868. Lithograph by Wm Enicott & Co., New York
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