Entries Tagged as 'Modern'

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Search & Destroy

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Launched in 1977, Search & Destroy was the first punk rock and new wave publication to emerge in San Francisco. Created by V. Vale, who began publishing the zine through his employer, City Lights Bookstore, Search […]

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Smokerama

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. If you are looking for “classic tobacco accoutrements” this volume of Smokerama is just the ticket!  In today’s anti-smoking climate it may seem hard to imagine that smoking was once considered a sophisticated and glamorous habit and accessories for […]

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Sherlock shoots up, in shorthand

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Among the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library took a particular collecting interest in his second Sherlock Holmes novel, The sign of the four. The novel’s opening lines, here quoted from the […]

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Xenophobia and the rise of Dr. Fu Manchu

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Among recently-cataloged volumes in the Santo Domingo Collection is this small gathering of works by Sax Rohmer (1883-1959), an English novelist whose signal creation is the villainous crime lord Dr. Fu Manchu. Born Arthur Henry Ward, Rohmer […]

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Vultures of vice!

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. True Detective Mysteries, called True Detective starting with its October 1939 issue, was a magazine about crime and criminals published for over 70 years. Beginning in 1924, it was often regarded as the first true crime […]

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Summer loving

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  Flower children, hippies, acid freaks, drop outs, college students, political activists, middle-class tourists, and even some military personnel, all of them were there in San Francisco during the Summer of Love in 1967.  The Haight-Ashbury district commonly […]

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

“Be the envy of your friends and neighbors”

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. The Santo Domingo collection contains plenty of material about various smoking paraphernalia, but Build This Bong has some extremely creative diagrams for building said paraphernalia. Taking a light hearted yet technical approach to the subject, author […]

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Acupuncture Anesthesia

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. In the 1950s Chinese physicians in the People’s Republic of China began to wonder if acupuncture, which was typically used to treat pain, could actually be used to prevent pain during surgical procedures, which led to […]

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Carlyle’s bequest

Upon the death of the Scottish philosopher, novelist, historian, and mathematician Thomas Carlyle in 1881, a portion of his personal library was left to Harvard – the only public bequeathal in Carlyle’s will. The annual report of the President and Treasurer of Harvard College for that year quotes the relevant passage, which reads in part: […]

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

How Old Will You Be in 1984?

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items recently cataloged from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. At the height of the Vietnam War, a time often remembered for the vigorous anti-war protests from young adults, particularly college students, Diane Divoky edited an anthology collection of pieces from underground high school newspapers from […]