Wolfsonian-FIU Library

This last Saturday was yet another busy day at The Wolfsonian-FIU with more than 120 Florida International University Honor’s College, History, and English Literature students roaming the art galleries, coming up to the library for presentations, and sitting in the auditorium to watch a silent-era slapstick.

At 10:00 AM, eighteen students from FIU Professor Carmela McIntire’s English literature class arrived in the library to view some items from our rich collection of depression-era books, periodicals, and ephemera. We began our discussions with the Stock Market crash of 1929 and looked at pamphlets that criticized Herbert Hoover from a leftist perspective as the country descended into the depths of the depression. While the caricature of President Hoover conjured up images of Charles Philpon’s caricature of the “Metamorphosis of King Louis-Philippe into a Pear” in my head, several of the students thought it had been designed to make him literally look like…

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