A Cabinet of Curiosities?

Who could resist an invitation to peek inside a “cabinet of curiosities”?

That’s exactly what I thought when I stumbled upon a fascinating blog called “Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities.”

Can’t you just hear the sound of the creaking door as you enter? Smell the old books on the shelves in Room 26? Sense the discoveries hiding in the shadows?

What’s really cool is that this virtual Room 26 is actually at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. And its “cabinet of curiosities” is a blog dedicated to the idea that “It lies in the nature of man to leave records of his life…”.

Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities features new acquisitions, unique documents, and visual and textual curiosities from the collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. This ongoing exhibition is curated by Tim Young, Curator of the Modern Books and Manuscripts Collection, and Nancy Kuhl, Curator of Poetry for the Yale Collection of American Literature.

This is the first treasure from Room 26 that caught my eye, and there have been plenty more. Be sure to check it out yourself: click here.

Pages from “English for All, Fortnightly for Germans,” a publication issued to German prisoners of war in England, intended to teach language skills, 1946 – 1948.

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