Pep and Nerves and Steady Hands

March 5, 2018
“Are you nervous? This famous tonic helps to calm quivering nerves” reads the title of a 1936 advertising poster. It took steady hands and nerves to repair this collection of posters from the Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company. “Men Love Peppy Girls, this famous tonic helps to give you pep and energy!” and “Be on the Job Every Day, Take Lydia E. Pinkham’s Tablets for Discomforts Peculiar to Women” are two additional titles from this wonderful collection recently... Read more about Pep and Nerves and Steady Hands
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The Art of Comic Book Conservation

August 30, 2017

Fans of comic books will go to great lengths to keep their collections in top condition—storing comics in clear plastic or vinyl bags, buying an additional copy of an issue (reading one and leaving the other untouched), even sending away comics to be sealed in hard plastic shells. Yet, as Chloe Houseman, an intern in the Weissman Preservation Center’s paper conservation lab, recently explained at a presentation on the preservation of comics, most single-issue comic books were not made to last.

“The evolution of comic books into a collectible phenomenon has been a challenge,”...

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Turning the Page

December 12, 2016
While Harvard's library digitization efforts have presented new opportunities for scholars to access and preserve sources for posterity, they have also brought their own set of challenges.

The story of Edwin Land

December 6, 2016
Baker Library mounts exhibit on long career of scientific inventor, founder of Polaroid.