Library Fun Finds 2.18.22

by Lauren VanDenBerg on

Library News

Welcome to Library Fun Finds! An ongoing series where we share some of the fun and unique items we come across in the library and archives collections.

Coming from the construction files, an early draft of a familiar sight.

Sketch of whale from announcement of committee members for the Decoration and Development of the Fish and Oceanic Halls, April 1925
From Central Archives, sketch of whale from announcement of committee members for the Decoration and Development of the Fish and Oceanic Halls, April 1925
L. VanDenBerg/© AMNH

This quick sketch on the back of the announcement of committee members for the Decoration and Development of the Fish and Oceanic Halls in April 1925 shows a quick idea for a new whale pose.

April 20, 1925 letter to Committee for the Decoration and Development of the Fish and Oceanic Halls
From Central Archives, April 20, 1925 letter to Committee for the Decoration and Development of the Fish and Oceanic Halls
L. VanDenBerg/© AMNH

Whale models and whale displays have been an iconic part of the museum since early days. Based on photographs from the 1930s remodel, it does not seem like that pose was used at the time...

Image of the Hall of Ocean Life, May, 1933
Hall of Ocean Life, May, 1933
J. Kirschner/© AMNH

...but it does look an awful lot like the current whale we know and love!

Blue Whale and dioramas, Irma and Paul Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life, 2015
Blue Whale and dioramas, Irma and Paul Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life, 2015
M. Shanley/© AMNH

 

For more interesting facts about the this icon and inspiration, watch What Color Is a Blue Whale?

This entry was written by Lauren VanDenBerg, Shelby White & Leon Levy Project Archivist.