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Picture Book: Holland House Library, 1940

Now here’s an image to sum up the British blitz spirit: three smartly dressed men in hats and coats peruse the shelves at their local library, oblivious to the fact that it’s just had the shit bombed out of it. No need to panic, what? A stirring story but, as is often the case (and … Continue reading

Picture Book: Rue Jacob, 1910

This mesmerising photo has been doing the rounds on Twitter recently. Captioned ‘library books floating down a street during the Great Flood of Paris, 1910′, I was immediately struck by its eeriness, and wanted to know more. Where was it taken? Where did all those books come from? Or, indeed, the water? Well, Wikipedia informs … Continue reading