New Exhibition “Ice and Snow” Opening December 20th!

bothshoppedOur next exhibition is right around the corner! This one will celebrate all things cold, frozen, and snowy. Opening on December 20th and on view until March 26th, “Ice and Snow,” will feature wintry scenes from Cotsen Children’s Library that celebrate the season.

Advertising for our show is provided by none other than Fall and Winter themselves. The above images have been blown up for display in the exhibition cases in preparation for the show:

bothcasesThese images have also been sourced from the collection. The original prints were created by the Czech illustrator Helena Zmatlíková (Praha : Odeon, c.1968) titled, in both Czech and French, Podzim : L’Automne and Zima : L’Hiver (respectively).

Our blow-ups measure 54 X 55 inches and old man Fall and old lady Winter have come a long way since they were found as prints pasted on 12 x 15 inch drywall panels:


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So come see Podzim and Zima before they are taken down to reveal the real surprise. Join us in the Cotsen Children’s Library from 9-5 on weekdays and 12-5 on weekends starting December 20th for a celebration of Winter!


Special thanks to Squirrel Walsh, RBSC Imaging Services Coordinator for the excellent digitization of the original items (and many more!), and to Princeton University Print and Mail Services for the awesome job (that they always do) making our collections larger than life and entertaining my unorthodox print requests. . .

The Feast of St. Nicholas Opens Naughty or Nice Season

The feast day of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, is celebrated today, the sixth of December.

stnick St. Nicholas travels with two assistants and only one of them is carrying treats…


Maybe it shouldn’t be taken for granted that piles of presents with YOUR name will  appear under the tree.

basketWould it be prudent to admit to the time you slipped kale under the table to the dog during dinner when no one was paying attention?  Or that you play video games your mother said are off-limits at your best friend’s house all the time?

krampusIt may be too late.  So where IS he going?

The good news is that there are eighteen more days for everyone to clean up their acts before Christmas!

The prints featured here were selected from Frantiska Doubrava’s suite of lithographs, Kolem vanoce [Around Christmas Time] (Brno: Edice Dobre umeni I, 1945).  Cotsen 46377.