Museum guides: 1915-1967

I wish to make a plea in behalf of the educational value of natural history museums.

So wrote Barton Warren Evermann, the Director of the California Academy of Sciences, in the January 1918 issue of Scientific Monthly. Evermann’s article, “Modern Natural History Museums and Their Relation to Public Education”, was 30+ pages of text and photos in support of his plea.

Evermann did not mention the California condor in his article. However, I have acquired original guide books published by 4 museums that do refer to the condor.

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Embellishments

What is the name for the images in books that mark beginnings of chapters, fill blank spaces at the end of chapters, or appear in the margins?

A couple minutes of research turned up the terms embellishment, flourish, and ornament. I also learned that these images are part of the art program for a book.

What I will call embellishments are found in both fiction and non-fiction books. In this post, I present examples of condors as embellishments from 6 books.

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More cover birds: 1927-2010

This post presents images of the California condor from the covers of books. All of these books consider the condor but none are entirely focused on the species.

This collection of book cover images is not just about the artistic representation of the California condor. It is significant that images of the condor were selected for the covers of these books. Many other subjects relevant to each book’s content would have made for suitable covers.

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