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Web Site of the Week: Object of the Day

The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum is closed for renovation until 2014. Until then, visit this website to “Discover a different object from the Museum’s collection every day of the week!” Items range from a 1938 catalog of linoleum and cork flooring, The Armstrong Pattern Book, to scratch and sniff wallpaper designed by Michael Angelo and produced by Flavor Paper in 2007. Information about each object is presented blog-post style, with a short essay, images, and tags that link to related information. For example, the entry for Saturday June 22, 2013, titled Two Rooks, is about a a ceramic tile made at Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, Ohio between 1903 and 1913. There a short essay about the tile by Cynthia E. Smith, one of the curators, and clicking the author’s name retrieves all of her posts. Other tags include the subject area Arts and Crafts, the style of the piece, and Cincinnati, where it was made. There’s also a link to click through to the full collection record for the tile, with the object’s location, acquisition information, and color palette.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013.


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