R.E. Rodda Candy Company, Rodda Easter Candy , ca. 1925, chocolate bunny (above), chocolate chicken (below)
Taking a page from O Say Can You See, the National Museum of American History blog, the Libraries has also taken a look back at its blog entries since February 2009, when we started posting daily.
Libraries staff have created some very interesting posts—as interesting and varied as its collections. We are all having fun sharing our collections and activities and are happy to report that our traffic has increased—so you must be enjoying it, too!
Here are the top ten posts for 2009:
1. Sunday, April 12—Chocolate Rabbits and...Elephants!—Apparently the delicious combination of chocolate, rabbits, and elephants proved hard to resist in our most popular post—Alexia MacClain's wonderful Easter-themed entry, from the trade literature collection at the National Museum of American History Library.
2. Tuesday, April 14—National Library Workers Day—It's heartening to discover that one of our most popular posts this year focused on the staff of the Libraries. Whoo hoo for us!
3. Tuesday, September 15—Apollo XI and beyond!—The National Air & Space Museum librarian Bill Baxter and Liz O'Brien put together this little bit of air and space history post about a gift of lunar module flight manuals.
4. Monday, April 13—Thomas Jefferson's Birthday—Some of the most fun posts to put together are ones that highlight hidden gems from Libraries' collections on a single topic. In this case, books about Thomas Jefferson from all over the Libraries help to create a portrait of the third president of the United States.
5. Thursday, October 15—October is National Stamp Collecting Month!—this post by National Postal Museum Library staff Cassie Mancer, Paul McCutcheon & Mary Ann Wilson highlights stamp collecting and links to wonderful images on the Libraries flickr site.
6. Wednesday, September 16—Scholars and the Everywhere Library—Dan Cohen's popular lecture generates multiple page views as people continue to tune in to his webcast, which was part of the Libraries' ongoing lecture series.
7. Tuesday, November 10—New and Notable Pop-ups & Movables: Yellow Square—this post by Elizabeth Broman from the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum Library in New York highlights our other blog, Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn as well as our upcoming pop-up exhibition of the same name which will open in May 2010 at the National Museum of American History.
8. Wednesday, September 30—A Second Look Uncovers a First Edition: a Manuscript Page from Darwin's Origin of Species—Kirsten van der Veen's interesting post gives a glimpse into research and scholarly inquiry at the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology.
9. Thursday, November 12—Sylph—A Fairy Inhabiting the Air; Airy, Graceful—Webster—National Museum of American History Library intern Mary Jinglewski contributed this post highlighting an 1892 bicycle trade literature catalog.
Thanks so much to everyone who reads this blog. Please continue to join us, follow us, subscribe, and leave a comment on anything of interest, and we promise to continue to focus on the Libraries and its wonderful collections!—Elizabeth Periale