October 2003 to Present
Mother Goose in an Air-Ship: McLoughlin Bros. 19th Century Children’s Books from the Liman Collection
Exhibit Dates: September 2007 to February 2009
Mother Goose in an Air-Ship, McLoughlin Brothers (c. 1909)
This exhibit highlights beautifully-illustrated children’s books, printed in Brooklyn by McLoughlin Brothers, a publisher who pioneered new technology and marketing techniques in the mass production of inexpensive children’s books. The Liman Book Collection, a recent gift to the Brooklyn Historical Society, is an especially rich resource for exploring the values, character, and world views of nineteenth-century America.
Visitors will see children’s classics, such as Alice in Wonderland and adaptations of Robinson Crusoe, educational books, such as The History of the United States in One Syllable, cautionary tales like those in the Little Slovenly Peter Series, ABCs, Mother Goose stories, Christmas Books, books teaching children how to paint or draw, along with games and puzzles. These delightful books will “amuse and delight” both children and their parents. In an innovative “Turn the Pages” section of the exhibit, visitors will be able to leaf through facsimiles of select books and also try their hand at drawing and coloring other facsimile images from McLoughlin Brothers “how tot” books. The Liman Collection of Nineteenth-Century McLoughlin Brothers Illustrated Children’s Books was graciously donated to the Brooklyn Historical Society by Mrs. Ellen Liman.
Circus Friends, McLoughlin Brothers (c. 1898)
Mother Goose in an Air-Ship is made possible by The Liman Foundation and Astoria Federal Savings.
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