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Inventing the future

A recently acquired set of prints shows what state-of-the-art technology looked like in Medici Florence.

Take 5 wattle

Shining a spotlight on five wattle-themed items from the collection.

The life & death of Smith's Weekly

The death of a newspaper plays out in a box of cartoons.

Journal of the Apophthegm Society

The journal of an obscure society devoted to pithy sayings takes a roundabout route to the Library.

Dye hard

The Tintex Girl brightened a world dulled by rationing.