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PPIE Centennial

February 27th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Here is this week’s post in our Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) centennial series. This image is from our Panama Pacific International Exposition Collection.

California Fruit Canners Association’s truck filled with Del Monte canned fruit at Exposition on Transportation Day, 1915.

California Fruit Canners Association’s truck filled with Del Monte canned fruit at Exposition on Transportation Day, 1915.

Gerome highlights a book in celebration of Sacramento Beer Week

February 26th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

For this week’s highlight, Gerome has decided to feature an item in celebration of Sacramento Beer Week, which starts today. His featured item is the book, Beer, Its History and Its Economic Value as a National Beverage, by F.W. Salem, which was published in Hartford, Connecticut in 1880. Our copy of this book is part of the A.W. Noling Hurty-Peck Collection.

According to this work, California had 195 breweries in 1878-1879 and sold 379,373 barrels of beer from May 1, 1877-1878. Brewers in Sacramento included: Borchers & Schwartz, E. & C. Gruhler, Kerth & Nicolaus, F.C. Knauer, P. Scheld, and M. Ochs. Those Sacramento brewers sold a combined 15,936 barrels of beer in 1878. Davisville (now Davis) was home to one brewer in 1878, William Faber, who sold 74 barrels that year.

The Library has a second copy of this work in the Viticulture and Enology Collection. That copy was recently digitized through the Library’s Google Book Digitization Project. You can view the full text via the catalog record.

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Travel Tuesday: Nevada City

February 24th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Nevada City, California. The images below are from our Eastman Originals Collection.

Historic Deer Creek Inn, Nevada City, Calif., 1957.

Historic Deer Creek Inn, Nevada City, Calif., 1957.

National Hotel, Nevada City, Calif., 1946.

National Hotel, Nevada City, Calif., 1946.

Music Monday

February 23rd, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Welcome to the first post in our latest blog series, Music Monday. Each Monday we’ll post the cover of a piece of music from one of our sheet music collections. The first one, below, is Bohemia: One-Step Song, Music by Ethel Broaker; Lyric by Louis Weslyn, from the Christopher A. Reynolds Collection of Women Song.

Bohemia: One-Step Song

#GoAgs!

February 20th, 2015 by Jenny Hodge

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If you mustache, YES we have Aggie Pride and the University Archives! Gunrock the original school mascot has also joined in on showing his #GoAgs spirit. Today the familiar blue Aggie mascot is of Gunrock the mustang, however, the original campus mascot was a Thoroughbred named Gunrock. In the 1920’s the student body voted to make him the official mascot for the campus.  Special Collections houses the Library’s rare books, manuscript collections, University Archives, and other noncirculating research materials.

 

Panama Pacific International Exposition centennial

February 20th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

Today, February 20th, marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) in 1915 in San Francisco. The PPIE was a world’s fair which celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal. At the time, it was the third exposition to be held in the United States and the twelfth exposition held in the world.

The fair featured commercial, scientific, and educational displays in exhibition palaces and courts, amusement concessions, and an aviation field. Nearly nineteen million people attended the fair which was held on 635 acres in the area now known as the Marina District.

Throughout 2015, San Francisco is celebrating the PPIE centennial. View the PPIE100 website for more information on the celebratory events.

Each Friday, for the duration of the fair’s run, we’ll highlight materials in our collection related to the PPIE. The first one, below, is from our Panama Pacific International Exposition Collection.

Man looking at Panama Pacific International Exposition grounds, 1915.

Man looking at Panama Pacific International Exposition grounds, 1915.

 

Gerome shows his Aggie Pride

February 20th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

For Aggie Pride Friday, Gerome decided to wear his Aggie Pride mustache while highlighting one of our oldest pieces of University memorabilia. This University Farm pennant, circa 1920, is from the McKinnon and Ruble Families Papers. Lewis Ruble McKinnon (1901-1956) studied agriculture at the University Farm School (now the University of California, Davis) in the early 1920s.

Go Ags!

Gerome with University Farm pennant

Gerome with University Farm pennant

Travel Tuesday: Mount Shasta

February 17th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Mount Shasta, California. The images below are from our Eastman Originals Collection.

Shasta Lodge, Mount Shasta, Calif., 1947.

Shasta Lodge, Mount Shasta, Calif., 1947.

Park Hotel, Mount Shasta, Calif., 1947.

Park Hotel, Mount Shasta, Calif., 1947.

Gerome the gnome says “Happy Valentine’s Day”

February 13th, 2015 by Jenny Hodge

As Valentine’s Day approaches many people will be celebrating by shopping for sweets for their loved ones. In honor of the holiday Gerome has decided to highlight Macarons : The Recipes by Ladurée, Vincent Lemains (Author), and Antonin Bonnet (Photographer) The page below is from the “Sweet Love” section and highlights the heart-shaped Coeur Rose-Framboise macaron, one of many delicious looking macarons found in this beautifully published book.

Each season Ladurée celebrates this little round cake that’s crispy outside and soft inside, a perfect balance of aromas and textures, by creating new flavors. Each year the palette of flavors and colors grows, from the classic chocolate or raspberry to festive macarons, exotic flavours for certain destinations, fashion designers, perfumes etc. This book presents, for the first time, each of the eighty Ladurée macarons, their aromas, inspirations, trend books and of course recipes to make them at home.

 

Sweet Love Macarons

Sweet Love Macarons

 

Travel Tuesday: Mineral

February 10th, 2015 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Travel Tuesday series takes us to Mineral, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1936.

Mineral Lodge, Mineral, Calif., 1936.

Mineral Lodge, Mineral, Calif., 1936.