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  • The Red Cross stamp collection


    Basil O’Connor, first president of the American National Red Cross (1947) and noted campaigner against polio was also a stamp collector. The Library have just acquired his nine album collection of 1043 international Red Cross / Red Crescent themed stamps.… Continue reading

  • New database: Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900


    We are pleased to announce access to the online database Popular Medicine in America, 1800-1900 in the Library. This fascinating collection uses a variety of different sources from trade cards to advertising ephemera to explore material aimed at the public rather than… Continue reading

  • 17th century royal proclamation

    Royal proclamations: King Charles II and beyond


    We have recently finished cataloguing a small collection of 18 royal proclamations dating from the reigns of King Charles II (1662), through William and Mary to Anne (1702). Part of the Library’s ephemera collection, the proclamations have a similar overall… Continue reading

  • Christmas sells: an example of seasonal advertising


    Whether its celebrity spotting in perfume campaigns or the cuteness of the John Lewis penguin, Christmas themed advertising is now almost as much a seasonal tradition as the Queen’s Christmas message. As this bookmark from the 1890s shows, Christmas advertising… Continue reading

  • Merry Christmas!


    The Wellcome Library closes today for the festive period at 6pm and re-opens at 10am on Tuesday 3rd January 2012. We would just like to take this opportunity to wish all Library readers and followers of the Library Blog, a… Continue reading

  • The first antiques roadshow?


    Today has seen the BBC celebrate 75 years since the launch of the world’s first regular television service. Given their current popularity, it’s no surprise that the daytime schedules of both BBC1 and BBC2 have today (as on most other… Continue reading

  • Wellcome Library Insight – Designed Today, Gone Tomorrow


    This week’s free Wellcome Library Insight session – on Thursday 2nd December – explores aspects of design and social history through items from the Library’s Ephemera collection. Our Insight sessions offer visitors to the Wellcome Library an opportunity to explore… Continue reading

  • A Victorian Paper Trail


    Among books, journal articles, pamphlets and bound volumes of patents about Victorian toilets (flushing or non-flushing), systems of varying complexity for the disposal (and recycling) of human sewage and many items about personal and household hygiene; we also have in… Continue reading

  • Do the English really have bad teeth?


    While looking for interesting items from our collections to show a visiting group of dental professionals, I came across these examples of dentists’ advertising cards in our Ephemera Collection. All dating from around the early 1900s, they demonstrate an intriguing… Continue reading

  • New Wellcome Library online subscriptions


    The Wellcome Library has recently taken out a subscription to Oxford Art Online, which offers the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online and Oxford art reference works in one location. The resource covers all… Continue reading