"Truly Yours Mark Twain / Dec ‘95" — signature below the lower edge of the photograph, Mark Twain visited Australia in 1895.
"Mark Twain is really a brilliant conversationalist, and, when you touch a point beneath the good humouredly satirical armour of reserve that he wears, quick to reveal the more serious side of his nature. The great difficulty is to gather up his points as he branches from topic to topic, for his flight is as discursive as his fancy is untrammelled.
"What is humour?" he says with a laugh.."
extract from The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 17 September, 1895
this account of his visit can be found in Trove.
The State Library of NSW has an extensive newspaper collection comprising about 1700 historical newspaper publications, including the Sydney Morning Herald.
Mark Twain arrived in Australia on this day, 15 September, in 1895.
By Johann Herolt
Since the fifth century bindings have been used to hold together gatherings of paper or parchment. The early bindings were designed to preserve the information contained within the volume, making it easier to hold, to store and to transport. The spread of learning across Europe, the introduction of printing and rise of literacy increased the demand for books and influenced the development of the trade from a small medieval workshop to the mass-production of the twentieth century.
Rare books and special collections of the State Library of New South Wales was formed in 1962 although the base of the collections were formed in the nineteenth century through the first Australian Subscription Library and later the Free Public Library. The collection contains a range of material from medieval manuscripts to modern private press and artists’ books.
FINDING A STYLE IDENTITY
by Alan Cornett
Finding your own style is about communicating through clothes what you want to project about yourself. We might think of Tom Wolfe’s white suits or Andy Warhol’s Brooks Brothers button downs and jeans as examples of iconic style identities, representing respectively Wolfe’s immaculate, clinical detachment from his subjects and Warhol’s insouciant delight in the visual library of the everyman. At the same time, a style identity ought to be about comfortable self-expression. We shouldn’t be dressing up for a part, playing someone we’re not.
My own style identity developed in two great leaps forward.
My new post.