This is the beginning of a series I call, Books in Still Life, utilizing another medium to examine vintage books and papers.
I chose this first vintage photograph because I was reminded of this haunting image when I recently came across a History Kicks Ass! post with a photo of a similar time in Great Britain’s history. I cannot imagine the thoughts in this boy’s mind.
Ten-hut!! They called it “Operation Book Move.” 32,000 books moved in one afternoon – all on foot?
Colorado State University faced a flood in 1951. The library was not spared. Even the Director rolled up his pant legs with others to wade through the water to grab as many books as they could.
As recent as 2012, the political turmoil in Egypt erupted in violence and the Institute of Egypt is thought to have been targeted for devastation in what writers at Axis of Logic aptly named “culturecide” — the elimination of a culture’s written history.
Restorers and citizens pitched in to try to save hundreds of thousands of rare books and manuscripts. It saddens me so.
Have you had any experience in saving books or other tangible pieces of history?