Happy Mother’s Day! I have been continuing my research into museum policies and techniques, begun last August. I have also started studying museum websites. One thing that I noticed is that they tend to have some sort of “about the collection” page. I realized that the Harvey Mercheum website did not, and so I made one. You can see it here:
I have also gone through all of the exhibit pages, and linked the “Contributor” field if appropriate.
If you have any suggestions for improving the new page, or any aspect of the Harvey Mercheum website, feel free to leave a comment below, or use the Contact the Curator form.
This week, May 7-13, is National Postcard Week! When I was very young, I used to collect postcards. In fact, it was one of the first collections I remember having. Now when I travel, I still buy postcards, but they end up in a scrapbook along with the rest of the ephemera from the trip.
To celebrate this week, I decided to try my hand at making an old style travel postcard. I love learning new things, and this gave me an excuse to try some new techniques in Adobe Photoshop. I made it to the postcard standard size of 4 1/4 inches by 6 inches. I did not have any printed, but if you wish to download and print it, make sure scaling is turned off or set to 100%:
Enjoy the week, and let me know what you think of my postcard in the comments below!
Today is Free Comic Book Day (FCBD)! This is the closest thing there is to a holiday for comic book fans. Unfortunately, I am going to miss out on the fun today. I hope all of you enjoy the day for me!
Today is International Tabletop Day! There are a number of Harvey board games in the permanent collection, and several more I do not own. However, due to the difficulty of photographing them, I have only featured one board game so far as an exhibit. Today let us look back on the Casper the Friendly Ghost game by Milton Bradley:
Today is World Intellectual Property Day. This year’s theme is innovation – improving lives. I would like to name WordPress as an innovation that has improved my life. I would not have been able to create the Harvey Mercheum website as it is without it. Take a moment today to think about innovations that have improved your life.
As promised, today’s exhibit is the only Easter-themed item in the permanent collection. Over the years, Harvey licensed a number of holiday-themed dolls. We have already seen two, the Christmas-themed “Happy Houday!” doll and the Valentine’s Day-themed “Can’t Buy Me Love” doll. Today we have Richie carrying a large carrot and wearing rabbit ears and an ugly jacket. I am guessing it is supposed to be a rabbit costume. Perhaps it was too warm for him to wear a fursuit? There is one other holiday-themed doll in the permanent collection, hopefully I will post it later this year. In the meantime, here’s Richie and his unfortunate choice of outerwear:
Sorry for not posting this weekend. I admit I spent part of the weekend enjoying the lovely spring weather. The time I would have spent posting, however, I spent setting up my little photo studio and taking pictures for exhibits. One of the items I photographed is the only Easter-themed item in the permanent collection. Be watching for it this coming Sunday!
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