1. To wrap up the “Dog Days of Summer” week, we offer simply this: a basketful of puppies.

    Have a great weekend!

    DPLA loves puppies!

    Image credit:

    Puppies in a basket, 1948. Sumner, William Hoke. University of North Carolina at Charlotte via the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.


  2. For this installment of “Dog Days of Summer,” we challenge you to match the dogs pictured above to the DPLA staff member.

    Important notes:

    • Animated gifs represent mixed-breed dogs
    • Some staff have more than one dog
    • Not all staff have dogs

    Got some guesses? Leave us a note.

    Image credits:

    • Dachshund drinking from water glass, 1937. Photo by Leslie Jones. Courtesy Boston Public Library via Digital Commonwealth. Copyright (c) Leslie Jones. This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND).
    • Dog Show, 1951 [Chihuahua]. Courtesy University of Southern California. Libraries. 
    • Great Dane [Cigarette card]. George Arents Collection. The New York Public Library. 

    Mutts:

    • Golden Labrador and Beagle. George Arents Collection. The New York Public Library. 
    • German “Shepard” (George Arents Collection. The New York Public Library) and Husky (Copyright © Leslie Jones. This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND). Love dogs? DPLA has dogs
    • Spitz and Beagle. George Arents Collection. The New York Public Library. 
    • Hunting dog/terrier and Beagle. George Arents Collection. The New York Public Library. 

    So many dogs at DPLA.


  3. Everything’s better in pairs. For Dog Days of Summer week, check out these stereographic images of man’s (and in this case woman’s) best friend. 

    Stereographs (or stereograms, stereoviews and stereocards) are meant to be viewed through a stereoscope to give the illusion of a three-dimensional image. The Getty has a cool stereograph simulator so you can see what it is like to look into a stereoscope. And, these aren’t as ancient as they may seem. You’ve probably used one yourself. 

    All images courtesy of Wallach Division: Photography Collection. The New York Public Library. 

    [Studio portrait of 3 dogs.], Hall, J. (Julius) (b. 1844). 

    [Studio portrait of a dog in a chair wearing a hat.], Baxter, O. F. (fl. 1860-1880). 

    The Grand Canyon, Arizona. 

    [Studio view showing a dogs with a bird in a cage.], Hall, J. (Julius) (b. 1844). 

    Mocassin Bill’s daughter [woman wearing short buckskin dress and sword and holding rifle standing on a rock in a creek or river, dog waiting on bank.]. 

    Love stereographs? Check out more over at DPLA.


  4. It’s the dog days of summer all week here on the DPLA tumblr. Today, we’re celebrating the canine companions of US presidents and their families. All images courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration, except where noted.

    Images are arranged in reverse chronological order based on the presidents’ term of office.

    1. Buddy (and Socks), Bill Clinton
    2. Millie and Ranger, George H. W. Bush
    3. Lucky, Ronald Reagan
    4. Grits, Jimmy Carter
    5. Liberty and pups, Gerald Ford
    6. King Timahoe, Vicky, and Pasha; Richard Nixon
    7. Yuki, Lyndon Johnson
    8. Pushinka and puppies Blackie and White Tips, and family dogs Shannon, Clipper, Wolfie, and Charlie; John F. Kennedy
    9. Fala, Franklin D. Roosevelt
    10. Rob Roy, Calvin Coolidge. Photo by and copyright Leslie Jones. Boston Public Library via Digital Commonwealth.

    Love pets and presidents? See more over at dp.la.


  5. It’s by all accounts and officially the Dog Days of Summer

    The Romans referred to the dog days as diēs caniculārēs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the “Dog Star” because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in the night sky. The term “Dog Days” was used earlier by the Greeks. In Ancient Rome, the Dog Days ran from July 24th through August 24th, or, alternatively, from July 23 through August 23rd.[1]

    In more recent times, “Dog Days” were considered a time of year when dogs go mad, get sick, and basically don’t act like themselves. (In the heat of summer don’t we all?) 

    This US State Department Bureau of Animal Industry Radio Service script from 1936 “debunks” the dog madness theory and provides information about caring for your canine pets during the hottest days of summer. According to the document, “feed a dog a suitable ration and enough of it” and ensure the “dish … is washed and scalded with the same care that would be given to tableware for human meals.” But, do not, under any circumstances “wash the dog’s dishes with the family’s dishes. Perish the thought!” 

    The document ends saying, “If for some reason [the dog] acts peculiarly, do not immediately conclude it is mad and get out a gun… shut it quietly away…and send for a veterinarian.” Good advice all around—but just in case, we include a visual aid (above) for how to stop a mad dog. 

    Short story? Don’t leave your bamboo sticks at home until at least the end of August.

    Image credits: 
    How to stop a mad dog. From George Arents Collection. The New York Public Library.

    Dog days debunked, 1936. United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Information, Radio Service. National Archives and Records Administration. 

    [1] Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_Days


  6. It’s National Moth Week — we offer these images in celebration. 

    Image one and two credits:
    The common moths of England / by the Rev. J.G. Wood ; with illustrations by E. Smith, T.W. Wood, and W.S. Coleman, 1870. Smithsonian Libraries via the Biodiversity Heritage Library. 

    Image three credit:
    Endpapers from The world of butterflies and moths. Klots, Alexander B. (Alexander Barrett), 1903-1989. Cornell University via HathiTrust.

    Check out more about Moth Week over at the American Museum of Natural History and find more great moth texts over at dp.la.


  7. John Herbert Dillinger (June 22, 1903–July 22, 1934) was an American gangster and bank robber in the Depression-era United States. His gang robbed two dozen banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice. He was also charged with, but never convicted of, the murder of an East Chicago, Indiana, police officer who shot at Dillinger during a gun fight, prompting Dillinger to return fire. It was Dillinger’s only homicide charge.(1)

    On Sunday, July 22, 1934, at 5pm, as “Public Enemy #1” (as Dillinger was called) left the Biograph Theater in Chicago, police officers yelled, “Stick’em up, Johnnie, we have you surrounded!” Shots were fired and four bullets hit Dillinger’s body, including the fatal bullet, which entered at the base of his neck and exited below his right eye. A crowd formed around the notorious gangster’s lifeless body, and several people dabbed handkerchiefs into his blood for souvenirs.(2)

    This FBI Wanted Poster of Dillinger, from the National Archives and Records Administration, was created after Dillinger’s last bank robbery, which took place a month before his death.

    Excerpted from (1) Wikipedia.com and (2) Biography.com.

    Find more information about gangsters at dp.la


  8. Today’s theme is Beauty Queens, organized by Lisa Gregory from the NC Digital Heritage Center.

    Whether you love them or hate them, there are over 600 images related to beauty pageants and related contests on dp.la. From Miss Vegetable Plate to Miss Universe, from the “Prettiest waitress” to homecoming queens in high school and college yearbooks, you can view the activities of women who won prizes for poise in all manner of local and national events.

    Image credits:

    Miss Wilmington 1948.” Photo by Hugh A. Morton. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill via the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 

    Fruit and Vegetable Association convention (Statler Hotel), 1953. University of Southern California Special Collections. 

    1958 Rhododendron QueenPhoto by Hugh A. Morton. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill via the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 

    Contests—Beauty—Bathing beauty contest (from the New York World’s Fair), 1939-1940. Manuscripts and Archives Division. The New York Public Library. 

    Miss Tobacco Pageant Participants, ca.1940s. Wilson County Public Library via the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. 

    Miss Massachusetts. Photo by Leslie Jones, 1886-1967. Boston Public Library via Digital Commonwealth. Copyright (c) Leslie Jones. This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND). 

    Contests—Beauty—Prettiest Waitress and Most Handsome Bellboy contest winners  (from the New York World’s Fair), 1939-1940. Manuscripts and Archives Division. The New York Public Library. 


  9. We’re calling it a night for the last post in this week’s series on “What I did on my summer vacation.” These idyllic pictures of sunsets and moonlit scenes represent some of the most iconic images of summer vacation.

    Who among us hasn’t filled their camera trying to capture the true colors of a sunset over a mountain or reflected in the water? We’d love to see your (work appropriate) sunrise, sunset, or moonlit summer vacation photo. We know you’ve got one!

    These are just ten of the 50,000+ postcards in the DPLA collections. The images today come from Boston Public Library (via Digital Commonwealth), and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of North Carolina at Charlotte (via North Carolina Digital Heritage Center). 

    Love sunsets but you can’t get outside? Enjoy lots of them from your computer over at DPLA. 


  10. What we’re learning this week, as we celebrate summer vacation by highlighting some of the 50,000 postcards in the DPLA collections, is that advertising from the past can be charming, terrifying, or just plain confusing. Such is the case today as we head to the beach.

    These are the beaches of our dreams—and nightmares—where children and pets run free, sand dunes are soft and velvety, beautiful people fish by the seashore or play leapfrog in the sand, or screaming birds congregate, ships wreck, and whales die. 

    We’re left to wonder how, in some cases, we can get to these magical places, and why, in others, these postcards exist at all?

    Find more postcards and plan your next adventure at DPLA.

    Postcards highlighted today come from collections at the Boston Public Library (via Digital Commonwealth), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (via North Carolina Digital Heritage Center), and the Heritage House Museum (via The Portal to Texas History).