Welcome to George Peabody Library's Wunderkammer!

From dandies in danger to the lusty dramas of educated fleas, the George Peabody Library proves that the past was indeed STRANGE! Visit us in Baltimore (don't worry, in addition to the strange things depicted here, we also have plenty of old and rare and classy books, too).

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9am -5pm; Friday 9-3

Address: 17 East Mount Vernon Place Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: 410-234-4943

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Email: hherr1@jhu.edu

Somehow we think Tina Belcher would approve of this cover. The subtitle is a thing of beauty: “How to Bathe, When to Bathe, When not to Bathe, etc.”
An awesome, not yet cataloged new acquisition!

Somehow we think Tina Belcher would approve of this cover. The subtitle is a thing of beauty: “How to Bathe, When to Bathe, When not to Bathe, etc.”

An awesome, not yet cataloged new acquisition!

Fore-edge Friday presents: the battle between the sloop Hartford and the ironclad Manassas, April 24, 1862.  Interestingly, this painting does not adorn a book about military history or the Civil War, but rather an 1897 printing of The Golden Treasury, a collection of English poems and songs.

Batter up with these 19th century ads for baseball equipment!  I don’t know about you, but we totally would make sock monkeys out of the Peck & Snyder wares!

Behold the amazing, incredible, not-edible Victorian peep egg, featuring a series of miniature prints showcasing the engineering might that is the Thames Tunnel! FYI, the awesome gif was created by one of our phenomenal student employees!

Remember, remember the 5th of November … in chapbooks!



Vivisection Sewing!!!!!
Obviously, these women are busily sewing the rest of their bodies based on patterns, of course, from Godey’s Ladies’ Book. More seriously, even regrettably, as implied in the illustrations, both proper and improper sewing techniques are ultimately hazardous to your health. Does the sewing machine require a corporeal sacrifice in order to create the latest frock coat?  Are these grotesques foretelling a future Dr. Who villain?  Is this what used to happen in the former warehouses of Baltimore’s Station North? Only the thread of time will tell! MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
How to Ruin Your Health with the Sewing Machine by a Physician. Baltimore: Turnbull Brothers, 1874.Call No. 613.6 P578Location: George Peabody Library

Vivisection Sewing!!!!!

Obviously, these women are busily sewing the rest of their bodies based on patterns, of course, from Godey’s Ladies’ Book. More seriously, even regrettably, as implied in the illustrations, both proper and improper sewing techniques are ultimately hazardous to your health. Does the sewing machine require a corporeal sacrifice in order to create the latest frock coat?  Are these grotesques foretelling a future Dr. Who villain?  Is this what used to happen in the former warehouses of Baltimore’s Station North? Only the thread of time will tell! MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

How to Ruin Your Health with the Sewing Machine by a Physician. Baltimore: Turnbull Brothers, 1874.

Call No. 613.6 P578
Location: George Peabody Library

Happy Friday the 13th from us all!  We look forward to invading your dreams.  MWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

(These fabulous creatures are from Fortunio Liceti’s De Monstrorum Cuassis, 1634.)

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Tawdry content from yesteryear: a section from a truly gruesome, yet amazingly compelling collection of early 19th century chapbooks depicting infamous murderers of yore.  So many executions. So many early “comic strips” lovingly hand-painted to showcase gore! 

Early 19th century French fashion plates prove that awkward poses are always en vogue! Coy shoe adjustment! Stylish headaches! Vapors onset!  Plus, what’s up with the arms?  It’s like the vintage version of a photoshop of horrors!

Us Wunderkammerians discovered a number of awesome anti-prohibition manuals produced by the esteemed National Wholesale Liquors Association of America especially for libraries!  These manuals make us spit in disgust whenever the demon Anti-Saloon League is brought up, and make us long for the days of barbed wire and fine French wine!