Once Upon a Time…11.13.2015

Posted on July 12th, 2016 by

The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church at 410.732.6400 x236 or email jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

 

1993159158Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  November 13, 2015

 

PastPerfect Accession #:  1993.159.158

 

Status:  Partially Identified! Attendees enjoy a Jewish Armed Services event, circa 1950: seated: Gertrude Layton.  To her left is possibly her son Marshall Layton

 

Special Thanks To: Honey Litman

 

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One Upon a Time…11.06.2015

Posted on July 5th, 2016 by

The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church at 410.732.6400 x236 or email jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

 

2011029160Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  November 6, 2015

PastPerfect Accession #:  2011.029.160

Status:  Does anyone recognize this Levindale employee, receiving flowers from Stan Alliker, Levindale president?

 

 

 

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Turning a new Leaf on an Old Face: Changing the Pages on Medieval Medical Texts

Posted on June 29th, 2016 by

Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America has been an exhibit at the JMM for quite a few months. The medical textbooks from Israel displayed in the front of the exhibit have been turned on the same pages for that duration. The exhibitions interns and the collections manager Joanna took on the task of opening up the temperature controlled cases and turning the frail pages of books that are far older than anything else in the exhibit.

Gentle Handling

Gentle Handling

Special Cradles

Special Cradles

The procedure for flipping these pages is delicate, plastic cradles must be used to preserve the spine of the book. The pages are held with clear light plastic bands that are taped together. Pages are turned with extreme care by bare hands because the gloves are considered clumsy and it is harder to tell if you are inflicting damage to the pages without full sensory feedback from your fingers.

Strapping the Pages

Strapping the Pages

These books are all made of organic materials such as leather, so the padding and cautionary handling are instrumental in preserving their condition.

Joanna Takes Care

Joanna Takes Care

In order to prevent humidity and overall weather tampering there are gel capsules stored beneath the display case that absorb the moisture inside the cases. The glass and seals on the cases help to keep the conditions dry for the books. The HVAC in the museum also does a pretty good job of making sure there is a cold air flowing, sometimes it does its job too well in my humble opinion as someone who shows up in a t-shirt to work every day. The job is slightly tedious as the displays must be lifted and put into place, and trust me they have some weight to them! Once they are in the right spot a series of screws need to be put into place to ensure a tight enclosure.

Overall it was a really fun and interesting experience that will keep people informed and captivated by the exhibit.

06.06.2016 Interns (14)Blog post by Digital Projects Intern O. Cade Simon. To read  more posts by and about interns click HERE.

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