The items included in this online exhibit are from the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The Public Library has an outstanding collection of print materials from Cincinnati which demonstrate the city's influential role as a center of printing and lithography in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The following select images represent materials from these and other collections which will be on view in the Art & Music and Rare Books & Special Collections Departments at the Main Library from mid-June through August 1999.
|The Langstroth Collection|
Theodore Ashmead Langstroth II, named the "Scrapbook King" by the Smithsonian Magazine, moved to Cincinnati in 1950.
Upon his death in 1978, the Library received his extensive collection of original lithography, original letters, rare photographs, & artifacts.
The collection covers the entire history of lithography & printmaking and includes woodcuts from the 1600's, Asian prints & 20th century offset and photolithographs, with a concentration on Cincinnati artists and lithographs the emphasis of this exhibit.
Contained in this collection are some items from the Strobridge Lithography Company.
The Strobridge Posters Collection is another example of the type of items on display at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
|In 1960 the Strobridge Lithography Company of Cincinnati was sold and a portion of the collection of posters were donated by the company to the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Cincinnati Historical Society and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. An historic collection of 1,035 posters, varying in size, printed in the 1890's to the mid 1920's, this gift is a significant treasure in the Art & Music Department's special collections. The exhibit highlights the Strobridge "circus" posters.|
|The Rare Books and Special Collections Department is displaying materials primarily from the department's 19th century collections of illustrated books and lithographs. A number of bird's eye views and scenes chiefly of Cincinnati are on display, as well as colorful showboat posters, advertising materials, early Cincinnati imprints with illustrations, and even a few decks of U.S. Playing Cards, one being quite unusual with different Cincinnati scenes or personages on each card.|
|University of Cincinnati Digital Press||Archives & Rare Books|