Take a Ride Back in Time with Smithsonian

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当然,这已经不是什么秘密,我的大风扇Downton Abbeyor that I love period dramas. So when Amazon Prime recommended the BBC production Lark Rise to Candleford, I jumped on the opportunity to fall in love with a new show. The series features four seasons of absolute greatness, and I love it. It takes place in the late 1800s and follows the story of how a postmistress (yes, mistress, not master) takes the small town of Candleford by storm.

Here at Gale, we just released a really intriguing archive called史密森收藏在线:贸易文学产业的商品化. The name and content can seem daunting, but, believe me, it’s fascinating. And when I watched the above-mentioned show and saw mail carriers riding bikes for the first time (most people only walk at about three miles per hour; the utilization of the bicycle enabled these mail carriers to move along their routes at speeds closer to ten miles per hour–what a difference!) as well as engaging examples of how farm workers used to toil day-in and day-out before the first steam tractors and planters were designed and built, I began to see this archive in a whole new light.


Nancy Gwinn, Director of Smithsonian Libraries, speaks more about how you can take a look at a trade literature catalog to learn so much more about how it was used, how it was marketed, how items were repaired, and more. Check it out in the video below:


As an added bonus, here is just one of many images that shows both a drawing of the latest advances in farm machinery along with a photograph of it in use.


This archive truly has a wealth of material with not-yet-tapped possibilities.



Jennifer loves her children, dogs, and Jane Austen. She has a B.A. in English and Sociology from the University of Michigan, and spends her waking hours as a marketing director and feeding her family.