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

Libguide: http://bit.ly/g1UsTk

Email: hherr1@jhu.edu

All hail Mr. Moon Man in all his honey moon glory! Sing his song of yore about lovers spooning in his glow! He is surely a “happy chappie in the sky.”
Download your own copy here!

All hail Mr. Moon Man in all his honey moon glory! Sing his song of yore about lovers spooning in his glow! He is surely a “happy chappie in the sky.”

Download your own copy here!

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!

Ladies: are  you currently undergoing the vapors from reading too much Pamela? Don’t loosen your corsets!  Get yourself some refreshing air with this enchanting fan showcasing the ways of the world.  Read it and rectify thy errors!

Trust dogs for all your blood purifying and cracker-eating needs!  I know I do!
From an album of lovely and absurd Baltimore trading cards, ca 1880.

Trust dogs for all your blood purifying and cracker-eating needs!  I know I do!

From an album of lovely and absurd Baltimore trading cards, ca 1880.

Behold the creativity of the young!  Some whippersnapper of long ago, enamored with the horrifying depictions of childish bad behavior in Struwwelpeter (aka Shockheaded Pete), made his own fan art of his favorite disturbed tale!  Imagine the pleasure he had when he created the cat-flame-child!  The laughter, the precious childish laughter, which peeled through his body as he depicted the youth getting his thumbs cut off by a roving tailor!

From a set of cards created  by child unknown for a game of his own diabolical choosing, ca 1920.

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!

"The machine you will eventually buy" will also undoubtedly eventually kill you.

"The machine you will eventually buy" will also undoubtedly eventually kill you.

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!

Who doesn’t love UFO conspiracy theories and grand tales of alien abductions?  Roswell, we honor you with these offerings of moon courts, Martian signals, and a lovely song on the moon’s various views of things, including temperance!