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).

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Special Collections toilet humor!  Who doesn’t love a vintage pro-laxative-constipation-be-gone card for the children?  Think of the children!  On one side you see the world’s crankiest, most constipated baby, crying out to his beloved mother for support and guidance.  Turn the card and you can watch the baby work out his sorrow via the power of sand plopping into a chamber pot!  He smiles! He shouts out the good news to his mother! Happiness, thy name is unknown children’s laxative of 1904!

Ladies, mind your corsets … . and your AMATIVE DESIRES!

These delightful illustrations (note especially the fig-leaf decorated intestines) are from an anti-corset book by the esteemed phrenologist Orson Squire Fowler!  And boy was he concerned! 19th century ladies were getting all bold what with their wrist-flashing, corset-wearing, and most likely novel-reading ways.  What hussies!  

Fortunately, Fowler was around to shame all the “Miss Fastidious Small Waists” he could find, leading many, we are sure, to the fainting couch.  Plus, Fowler’s bold use of concern-trolling text and exquisite handling of all-caps type for crucial points suggest he would be right at home engaging in online political discourse today! (Impure desires! AHHHHH!!!!)

From “Tight-lacing, or, The evils of compressing the organs of animal life” (1844)

 

Want to meet “The Great Lover Casanova of Today?”  Heck, yeah!  Not only does he get amorous with the ghost of the Empress Josephine, but he also sports some rather, um, whimsical ink.  Well, meet him and many more enticing materials in Special Collections at Dirty Books & Longing Looks!
(2/14 from 6:30-8:30, Special Collections, Brody Learning Commons)

Want to meet “The Great Lover Casanova of Today?”  Heck, yeah!  Not only does he get amorous with the ghost of the Empress Josephine, but he also sports some rather, um, whimsical ink.  Well, meet him and many more enticing materials in Special Collections at Dirty Books & Longing Looks!

(2/14 from 6:30-8:30, Special Collections, Brody Learning Commons)

Here’s the original Bad Santa, a smoking, lascivious, be-suited beast of a man ready to corrupt adults with the smooth, smooth taste of ancient cigarettes!
From the George Peabody Library’s The Smart Set collection!

Here’s the original Bad Santa, a smoking, lascivious, be-suited beast of a man ready to corrupt adults with the smooth, smooth taste of ancient cigarettes!

From the George Peabody Library’s The Smart Set collection!

A cool read on a hot day? Hello “The Icicle: A Story of the Sexless Woman!”

The Smart Set, March 1915
The George Peabody Library

A cool read on a hot day? Hello “The Icicle: A Story of the Sexless Woman!”

The Smart Set, March 1915
The George Peabody Library

OMG!!!! I think we may have just discovered the most creepy of creepers ever, or at the very least, the most creepy depiction of a baseball player ever.  Thank you, Chadwick’s Baseball Reference (1867), for giving us one more monster to populate our dreams!
Seriously, what are his muttonchops hiding?
Call No.: 796.3 C432 1867

OMG!!!! I think we may have just discovered the most creepy of creepers ever, or at the very least, the most creepy depiction of a baseball player ever. Thank you, Chadwick’s Baseball Reference (1867), for giving us one more monster to populate our dreams!
Seriously, what are his muttonchops hiding?
Call No.: 796.3 C432 1867

Is she demented or smiling at her own jesterly awesomeness? Let’s see what kind of jokes such a smiling and winning visage is promoting!
"How is your younger brother, the surgeon, doing?""First rate. He recently operated on his tenth patient and the man lived twenty hours."
Call No.: 808 .882 Sm 43 1915Location: George Peabody Library

Is she demented or smiling at her own jesterly awesomeness? Let’s see what kind of jokes such a smiling and winning visage is promoting!

"How is your younger brother, the surgeon, doing?"
"First rate. He recently operated on his tenth patient and the man lived twenty hours."

Call No.: 808 .882 Sm 43 1915
Location: George Peabody Library

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!  Let us honor you with a book title that both quotes a line from As You Like It and causes us library folk to giggle whenever we see it!  For those of you whose minds are not as silly as ours, the  book is actually about Italian paleography!
Call No.: 652 .B659SLocation: The George Peabody Library

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!  Let us honor you with a book title that both quotes a line from As You Like It and causes us library folk to giggle whenever we see it!  For those of you whose minds are not as silly as ours, the  book is actually about Italian paleography!

Call No.: 652 .B659S
Location: The George Peabody Library

What? Bishops have a thing for St. George?
Call No.: 427 G877DLocation: George Peabody Library

What? Bishops have a thing for St. George?

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library

Based upon the cover art, intense concentration leads to visions of epic early 20th century make out sessions and bags of money.
Call No.: 133.82 Z15 1926

Based upon the cover art, intense concentration leads to visions of epic early 20th century make out sessions and bags of money.

Call No.: 133.82 Z15 1926