Explore the Digital Catalog

Did you know that among the thousands of museum items in the constantly growing digital images catalog are hundreds of books and pamphlets that can be explored online through a robotic page turner? Books and other library materials for which four pages or more have been digitized can be viewed with page turner software that allows viewers to digitally “turn” the pages while reviewing the work. There is also an option for a thumbnail view of the pages. The page turner software is open source software designed by the Internet Archive.

Derek Merleaux, The Wolfsonian’s digital asset manager, has selected several recently added library materials that can be viewed through the page turner software. This diverse list was chosen to give ePropaganda readers several choices to explore, in order to get a sense of one of the many ways in which the digital images catalog functions.

Modern Ornamentation by Christopher Dresser, a compendium published in 1886 of original ornamental designs for textiles, wood, metal, pottery, and more.

Real Heroes, a comic book published between 1941–1946 that billed itself as “true comics about Franklin D. Roosevelt Winston Churchill Chiang Kai Shek and other leaders and heroes of the war.”

The Harmony Society in Pennsylvania, a Federal Writers’ Project book published in 1937 about a communal society in the 1800s.

An American Year: Country Life and Landscapes Through the Seasons by Hal Borland, a lavishly illustrated 1946 work—illustrations are by “distinguished contemporary artists.”

The Chinese Theatre by Chu Chia-Chien, illustrated by A. Jacovleff, a 1922 work that consists primarily of illustrations depicting scenes, costumes, make-up, and more.



Periodical, Real Heroes, vol. 1, no. 4, May 1942
Parents’ Magazine Press, New York City, publisher
10 1/4 x 7 1/2 in (26 x 19 cm)
The Wolfsonian–FIU, Gift of Francis Xavier Luca and Clara Helena Palacio Luca