|“Little Red Riding Hood” from the Peter G. Thomson Collection. Photos courtesy of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.|
|“The Night Before Christmas” from the Peter G. Thomson Collection.|
From the PR sheet:
"There’s something about the holidays that brings out the little kid in all us, and what better what to revisit our childhoods than by viewing the classic illustrations of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Night Before Christmas and other favorite books at the Main Library.
The illustrations are from the Peter G. Thomson Collection and make up the exhibit “Wonderland of Fairytales” in the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room in the Main Library. The exhibit is on display Nov. 16 through Feb. 17, 2013, and includes alphabet books, Mother Goose nursery rhymes, Shakespeare and a host of other children’s books from the 1880s.
Peter G. Thomson, 1851-1931, in the span of about a decade (1880s) published over 100 children’s books in his Race Street shop. The main production of color printing was children’s books and comical valentines. His publications grew in popularity, rivaling McLaughlin Brothers of New York who bought him out in 1892. With proceeds from the sale, he established the Champion Coated Paper Company."
EXHIBIT HOURS: The Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Main Library is located at 800 Vine Street.
The Cincinnati Room also houses the Charles Fontayne and William S. Porter’ “Cincinnati Panorama of 1848,” the oldest wide view photograph of an American city. The award-winning masterpiece is revered worldwide as one of the finest examples of daguerreian photography.
For more information about the exhibit, contact the Genealogy & Local History Department at 513-369-6905.