Research & Collections News
October 31, 2023
Barbenheimer Sparks Show Cases at Hagley
The release of two major motion pictures in July unleashed the cultural phenomenon of “Barbenheimer.” For staff at Hagley Library, this presented a golden opportunity to show off some of the materials from our historic collections that reflect the consumer culture of “Barbie” and others that docu
October 26, 2023
Grave Guns & Coffin Torpedoes: Inventions for Protecting the Dead from the Living
Zombies are a trending topic in popular culture. Movies and television series still build upon this genre of horror decades after George Romero filmed the movie Night of the Living Dead near my hometown in 1968.
September 27, 2023
"You Remember, You Were There": Breezin' Through Automotive History with Milestones of Motoring
Nostalgia is a powerful force in advertising. As long as advertisements have existed, harkening back to the “good ol’ days” has been a time-honored selling tradition. If it did not work, we would not do it; to the present day, companies invoke nostalgia to make their products more desirable.