New Exhibition: Flying Machines opens October 1st, 2015

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Flying Machines: Science and Fantasy will be the next exhibition in the Cotsen gallery. Featuring mechanical flyers from the world of childhood; the show will include illustrated books, board games, an installation of toys, and a very special piece of realia on loan from the Museum Objects Collection.

Centered around two major themes, science and fantasy, the items selected track depictions of flying machines from the realistic to the magical in children’s literature. From the earliest fantastic ideas about man-made flyers, through inventive science fiction and real scientific experiments, into the whimsical machines of impossible flights. The exhibition features imagined contraptions from seven different countries over almost 100 years of flights of fancy (1892-1971).

To appease your curiosity for the next two weeks (since I’m sure you are all waiting with bated breath for the opening) check out some of the books that just didn’t quite make it:

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All About Airships, front board, Cotsen 75809

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The Flying Grandmother, Page [7], Cotsen 7330

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Wings for Per, Endpapers, Cotsen 7248

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En aeroplane dans les 7 ciels, Page [10], Cotsen 6492200

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Das grosse Erlebnis, Page spread [9-10], Cotsen 58400

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Airplanes: Stories and Pictures, Page [26], Cotsen 49801

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Air Babies, Title page, Cotsen 31474

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Valériane in a Helicopter, Page spread [14-15], Cotsen 21961

If you enjoyed those, the books that actually made it into the exhibition promise to be even better!

Flying Machines: Science and Fantasy

Opening October 1st and running until the end of year. 

Visit during the first 2 days to get a special gallery give away for children (hint: it’s a toy Styrofoam airplane!).

Exhibition title card

Exhibition title card

New Exhibition on Architecture in Children’s Books Coming This Thursday, May 29th 2014

Just in time for Reunions, Cotsen will be presenting our newest exhibition:

Building Books: Architecture for Children

The exhibition will feature a diverse array of toys and picture books focused around a central theme of all things constructive. Architects and architecture, builders and buildings, prints and cards and books and blocks! The items featured in the exhibit hail from 10 countries, across 3 continents, and nearly 275 years (from 1740 to the present day). Join us in celebrating the rich history of the connection between children’s books and toys with building and architecture.

Without spoiling too much of what will be available in the gallery, I though you might appreciate seeing some of the building that went into getting the exhibit ready (sorry, couldn’t help myself). Some of the items pictured below didn’t make it into the final show. You’ll have to come in on Thursday, May 29th to see what made it in. . .

Storybook City. 167 Pieces. Skaneateles, NY : T.C. Timber, ca. 1991. Manufactured by Habermaas Corporation.

Storybook City. 167 Pieces. Skaneateles, NY : T.C. Timber, ca. 1991. Manufactured by Habermaas Corporation.

Shinban Ueno Toeizan kirikumi toro-e. [Newly Printed Ueno Toeizan Cut and Assemble Sheet] Illustrated by Kuninaga. Tokyo? ca. 1920?

Shinban Ueno Toeizan kirikumi toro-e. [Newly Printed Ueno Toeizan Cut and Assemble Sheet] Illustrated by Kuninaga. Tokyo? ca. 1920?

Das Kind als Märchenbaumeister [The Child as Fairy Tale Architect] Ludwigsburg, Germany : Hausser, Otto, Max & Mϋller, Freyer, ca. 1910.

Das Kind als Märchenbaumeister [The Child as Fairy Tale Architect] Ludwigsburg, Germany : Hausser, Otto, Max & Mϋller, Freyer, ca. 1910.

A Grocer’s Shop. (Clark’s Monster Models, no. 3) London?: Clark, between 1860 and 1870?

A Grocer’s Shop. (Clark’s Monster Models, no. 3) London?: Clark, between 1860 and 1870?

Richter’s Anchor Box No. 12. Rudolstadt, Germany : F. Ad. Richter & Co. (Anker Steinbaukasten), 1884.

Richter’s Anchor Box No. 12. Rudolstadt, Germany : F. Ad. Richter & Co. (Anker Steinbaukasten), 1884.

Friedrich Boer. 3 Jüngen erforschen eine Stadt: Ein Bilderbuch mit Foto, Bildmontagen und Zeichnungen. Berlin: Herbert Stuffer Verlag, 1933.

Friedrich Boer. 3 Jüngen erforschen eine Stadt: Ein Bilderbuch mit Foto, Bildmontagen und Zeichnungen. Berlin: Herbert Stuffer Verlag, 1933.

Congratulations to all our 2014 graduates, and welcome back Alumni!