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moxie !

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Portland History

The weekend after July 4th draws near, and that means Moxie Fest, the annual weekend of celebration in Lisbon Falls begins!  Moxie was invented here in Maine by Dr. Augustin Thompson in 1876- and refined later in 1884 as America’s oldest mass-marketed soft drink. Moxie is the official beverage of the State of Maine, and there’s more to learn about the spicy soda-pop right here in the Portland Room.

A picture taken 1947 of a treasure-trove of Moxie, taken by a Portland Press Herald photographer.

“The Moxie Mystique,” from the stacks of the Portland Room describes all things Moxie.


graphic design and the Portland Room

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Portland History

Among our niche collections in the Portland Room is an array of publications on the book arts and printing. We are welcoming more and more art students and designers to this part of the Library, as a resource for visual art processes.  Here are two selections on the topic of typographic design, old and and new!

Bocaccio frontispiece, as reproduced in the book, Early Venetian Printing : Illustrated (655.1 058 Art)

an expressive use of type forms, spelling “Jazz,” from Emil Ruder’s book “Typography : A Manual of Design” (655.2 R915-t Art).


Rachel Field and typewriters

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Portland History

Author and illustrator Rachel Field (1894-1942)  is well represented in various sections of the Library, with over 50 novels and children’s books. Just below are two items from the Portland Room. A portrait of the writer, with her dog and her typewriter, is from our Archives:

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Here (below) is the cover of an early edition of her book, The Magic Pawnshop, printed in 1937, also in the Portland Room. Can you find the typewriter in the illustration ?

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