Appreciate A Dragon Day!

Posted on January 16th, 2015 by

What could be a better way to appreciate a dragon than to offer him a visit to the Jewish Museum of Maryland?

What could be a better way to appreciate a dragon than to offer him a visit to the Jewish Museum of Maryland?

You may recognize our special visitor, Elliot Dragon. He decided to start his visit with a tour of the Museum’s collections.

Collections Manager Joanna Church made sure to fill Elliot in on all the rules for using collections!

Collections Manager Joanna Church made sure to fill Elliot in on all the rules for using collections!

Getting a close look at the Baltimore Jewish Times.

Getting a close look at the Baltimore Jewish Times.

 

Getting the side-eye from Napoleon Bonaparte himself!   Teapot from porcelain tete-a-tete teaset by Nast of Paris, c. 1840, JMM 1989.145.006.

Getting the side-eye from Napoleon Bonaparte himself!
Teapot from porcelain tete-a-tete teaset by Nast of Paris, c. 1840, JMM 1989.145.006.

Nice pose Elliot!  Orange ceramic ashtray, shaped like a turtle on its back. JMM 1992.185.009

Nice pose Elliot!
Orange ceramic ashtray, shaped like a turtle on its back. JMM 1992.185.009

Demonstrating excellent microscope technique!  Black microscope used by Melvin Borden when he was a student at the University of Maryland. He graduated in 1938. JMM 1996.105.001

Demonstrating excellent microscope technique!
Black microscope used by Melvin Borden when he was a student at the University of Maryland. He graduated in 1938. JMM 1996.105.001

Permanent Wave Machine for hair, used in Sonya Berlin’s Beauty Shop at 2016 Orleans Street, Baltimore, 1930-1939. JMM 2004.028.001 This piece was most recently on display in our "The Electrified Pickle" exhibit, July - August 2014.

Permanent Wave Machine for hair, used in Sonya Berlin’s Beauty Shop at 2016 Orleans Street, Baltimore, 1930-1939. JMM 2004.028.001 This piece was most recently on display in our “The Electrified Pickle” exhibit, July – August 2014.

MS 53: Ferdinand W. Breth Collection - Diary, c. 1920s

MS 53: Ferdinand W. Breth Collection – Diary, c. 1920s

After his collections tour, Elliot sat down with Director Marvin Pinkert for a nice chat.

After his collections tour, Elliot sat down with Director Marvin Pinkert for a nice chat.

On to Exhibits!

 

Next stop: The Voices of Lombard Street exhibit. I think that sewing machine might be a little big for you Elliot!

Next stop: The Voices of Lombard Street exhibit. I think that sewing machine might be a little big for you Elliot!

 

Cheeky dragon! You can't take a potty break in the exhibit. (Though I will admit, those fly sounds are VERY realistic.)

Cheeky dragon! You can’t take a potty break in the exhibit. (Though I will admit, those fly sounds are VERY realistic.)

 

Paging through a JEA scrapbook.

Paging through a JEA scrapbook.

 

Deborah was pretty excited to meet a childhood hero and gave Elliot a special welcome to The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen exhibit!

Deborah was pretty excited to meet a childhood hero and gave Elliot a special welcome to The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen exhibit!

Doing a little reading in the exhibit.

Doing a little reading in the exhibit.

 

Elliot decided he made a much better monument topper than former president George Washington!

Elliot decided he made a much better monument topper than former president George Washington!

 

Mapping some of Mendes' many adventures.

Mapping some of Mendes’ many adventures.

 

Elliot admires Mendes' style.

Elliot admires Mendes’ style.

 

And of course, Elliot had a very important question at the end of the exhibit. Maybe we'll find out the answer on the next installment of "Mendes' Questions!"

And of course, Elliot had a very important question at the end of the exhibit. Maybe we’ll find out the answer on the next installment of “Mendes’ Questions!”

And of course no visit is complete without souvenirs! Enjoy your Flat Mendes & Mendes mug, Elliot!

And of course no exhibit visit is complete without souvenirs. Enjoy your Flat Mendes & Mendes mug, Elliot!

 

I know I had a great time celebrating "Appreciate A Dragon Day." Elliot & I hope you enjoyed following along on his exploits throughout the Museum.

I know I had a great time celebrating “Appreciate A Dragon Day.” Elliot & I hope you enjoyed following along on his exploits throughout the Museum.

 

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SOUL SEARCHING: Navigating the JMM Collections

Posted on June 16th, 2014 by

Part 3 of a 3 part series on using the JMM On-line Database

Let’s pretend that you’ve been convinced you to join the 21st century the social media craze. Now that you understand that #tbt stands for Throwback Thursday and means posting an old photo on your Facebook page so people write nostalgic messages, you want to find an image of your high school sweetheart. Since you’ve been following the “Once Upon a Time” feature on the JMM blog, you know that we have a ton of photographs from Jewish Maryland in the collection. You go directly to the JMM online database jmm.pastperfect-online.com and enter a keyword such as “sweetheart” and see what you find…

Unidentified couple being introduced at the AZA Sweetheart dance, 1964. 1995.128.001.026.004

Unidentified couple being introduced at the AZA Sweetheart dance, 1964. 1995.128.001.026.004

While it was a bit surprising that “sweetheart” actually yielded images, perhaps “dance” would’ve been a better choice, since you distinctly remember smiling for the camera at the spring formal.

A great TBT photo! Black and white photo of a Tau Beta Sigma sorority dance at Hotel Sterling. 1984.211.037

A great TBT photo! Black and white photo of a Tau Beta Sigma sorority dance at Hotel Sterling. 1984.211.037

If your sweetheart is from Maryland, you can try entering his or her name in the search box. If you don’t know if she would be catalogued as “Daisy Mae” or “Daisy Duke” “Daisy” will pull up all records with her maiden or married name… and possibly some pictures of pretty flowers. The People record should also indicate alternate names and associated records!

Daisy D. Carawan (Mrs. Barnett) is in the photograph of the 1937 graduating class of the Sinai Hospital School of Nursing. 2010.020.070

Daisy D. Carawan (Mrs. Barnett) is in the photograph of the 1937 graduating class of the Sinai Hospital School of Nursing. 2010.020.070

Finally, you find the perfect #TBT! You can right click and save image as on your desktop, then attach it to your Facebook page. While the photo should have a light watermark on it, please make sure you tag the Jewish Museum of Maryland in your caption and include the accession number (that long string of numbers starting with a 4-digit year). That what we know when someone has benefited from all our hard work (which always makes us smile!) and folks know where you found the photo—after all, they may be looking some #tbt pictures of their own.

#TBT in action

#TBT in action

Just a note of caution: If you “share” an image from the JMM Facebook or twitter, the accession number will be embedded into it. Be prepared to explain to your friends that although the photo is from 1903 and Jewish Museum accession number is 1994.111.3 (meaning that it was brought in to the museum collection in 1994)! You will impress everyone with your knowledge of the JMM and our numbering system!

JobiA blog post by Senior Collections Manager Jobi Zink. To read more posts from Jobi, click here.

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