Thursday, November 22, 2012

Muni History & Children's Books at SFPL

It's pretty amazing to see this die cut, Halloween-themed Muni fast pass from 1977. That's something you can't do with a Clipper card. It's in a small exhibit about Muni, crammed into a few cases on the 5th floor of the main library. A 1931 map shows a trolley line on my street, so my neighborhood was probably better served back then than it is now. One can easily read the entries in a hand-written accident log, & I really liked seeing an employee publication containing cartoons lampooning Muni riders & workers. They are nicely drawn & actually funny.

Children's Book Illustration, 11.19.2012 Children's book illustration at the SF Public Library.
Also on the same floor is an exhibit of children's book illustrations, displaying both original art & printed books. The selection favors refined artwork. Drawings by Charles Feiffer, Maurice Sendak, & one of the 1st illustrators of Harry Potter are included.

§ Cussed and Discussed: 100 Years of the Municipal Railway in San Francisco
San Francisco History Center
San Francisco Main Library
November 2, 2012 - January 24, 2013

§ Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration
Skylight Gallery
San Francisco Main Library
September 15, 2012 - December 2, 2012

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