We're right in between the 2016 Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention, and things feel a bit divided. Maybe some images of Lady Liberty will help keep our spirits up?
Paul Stahr's World War I "Be Patriotic" is gouache on paper and invokes that "Come on, we're in this together!" feeling. Stahr was a well-known illustrator who apparently did everything from government advertisements to pulp covers to magazine covers. Below is a cover from The Elks Magazine in 1928. The content doesn't really have anything to do with the cover...
And just so we remember the political mess that is 2016, I'll leave you with this:
A gorilla carrying a rock that says "Republicanism" in one arm, Lady Liberty in the other, standing on a rock that says Trusts, with a democracy arrow in his chest. (The gorilla looks a lot like King Kong, but it's actually based on a famous statue by Emmanuel Frémiet from 1887). "Trusts are the problem" -- while referring to actual trusts, like monopolies and other business actions that limit competition, there is just something about it that resonates with this year's election...
Come in, the stacks are open.
Away from prying eyes, damaging light, and pilfering hands, the most special collections are kept in closed stacks. You need an appointment to view the objects, letters, and books that open a door to the past.