Peer Into NYC's Commercial Past With This Scrapbook of Trade Cards

Brooklyn Museum // Public Domain
Brooklyn Museum // Public Domain

The special collections of the Brooklyn Museum Library hold a variety of treasures, from thousands of glass lantern slides to a delicate album of seaweeds pressed like flowers. One of their most complete digital collections is a scrapbook of Brooklyn trade cards from the late 19th century, featuring local tailors, watchmakers, grocers, furniture sellers, florists, and other small businesses that once kept the city humming. The scrapbook serves as both a snapshot of Brooklyn's commercial past (a time when it apparently made perfect sense to advertise shoes with a robin carrying an egg on its back) as well as a treasury of graphic design. You can view some of our favorites below, or see the whole assortment here.

Full view of scrapbook page including 3 trade cards for Brooklyn businesses: W. H. Hodgins, Henry Bristow
Brooklyn Museum Libraries, Special Collections // Public Domain

Illustration of bunnies in a in a crate

Brooklyn Museum Libraries, Special Collections // Public Domain

Trade card for James H. Benjamin, with caption: 'Jumbo Leaving England, on the Way to the Steamer.'
Brooklyn Museum Libraries, Special Collections // Public Domain

Trade card of Henry Bullwinkel featuring illustration of a cat with a litter of kittens next to a set of luggage.
Brooklyn Museum Libraries, Special Collections // Public Domain

Card in the shape of a teacup with text reading A. Cohen, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Museum Libraries, Special Collections // Public Domain

Illustration of two men with different facial expressions, one smiling and one not.
Brooklyn Museum Libraries, Special Collections // Public Domain

Trade card for the Broadway Tailor featuring three cats playing jump rope
Brooklyn Museum Libraries, Special Collections // Public Domain

Wizarding World Gold, a Magical New Harry Potter Subscription Service, Has Arrived

The Potter Collector, YouTube
The Potter Collector, YouTube

For Potterheads, Christmas just came early. There’s a new Harry Potter subscription service on the market, and it’ll make you feel like you plunged face-first into one of the magical books—not unlike Harry’s frequent forays into the Pensieve.

Engadget reports that Wizarding World Gold is a 12-month commitment, and includes access to all seven Harry Potter ebooks through the Wizarding World app, collectible pin badges, merchandise discounts, and more.

That’s really just the tip of the iceberg-sized rock cake. After signing up, you’ll receive a pin, a print of J.K. Rowling’s sketch of Hogwarts, and a personalized journal called Keys and Curios, designed by the graphic design team behind the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film franchises. It features your name, Hogwarts house, and “enchanted keys” that “unlock hidden secrets” when scanned with the Wizarding World app.

You can also watch Wizarding World Originals, an exclusive video series that delves into the mysteries of the world of Harry Potter; gain early access to collectible merchandise and priority bookings for events like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and enjoy magical quizzes and puzzles. You’ll also make the guest list for festivities like the Wizarding World Gold Christmas Party in the Great Hall at Warner Bros.’s Studio Tour London.

If you register now, your welcome gift with the pin, print, and journal will arrive in about two weeks, and your first official subscription box will follow later this autumn. It’s $75 for the entire year, which is quite a bit cheaper than flying off to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

If you have any funds left in your Gringotts vault, you can supplement your fantasy-filled subscription with a Harry Potter pop-up book, sock Advent calendar, bathrobe, or even Pandora jewelry.

[h/t Engadget]

LEGO Dinosaur Fossils Bring Three Species Back From Extinction

Courtesy of LEGO
Courtesy of LEGO

If LEGO paleontology sounds like a hobby worth pursuing, you’re in luck. On Wednesday, LEGO announced the pending release of the LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils set, a 910-piece package that resurrects Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops in skeleton form, with an articulated Pteranodon also in skeleton form. Fittingly, the T. rex looms largest at 7 inches tall.

The kit was based on a suggestion gathered by LEGO Ideas, the crowd-sourced platform that gives LEGO collectors a voice in future sets. In addition to the three dinosaurs, a Homo sapiens skeleton is also included for scale comparison. All have a display stand to cultivate a museum-quality atmosphere. You’ll also get a paleontologist minifigure to complete the scene.

A LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils 'Tyrannosaurus rex' is pictured
Courtesy of LEGO

A LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils 'Triceratops' is pictured
Courtesy of LEGO

A LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils 'Pteranodon' is pictured
Courtesy of LEGO

This isn’t LEGO’s first foray into dinosaurs. The company has produced sets based on the Jurassic Park film franchise as well as kid-friendly sets, but this marks the first time dinos have gotten the deluxe treatment.

Technically, it's a two-dinosaur set, as Pteranodon is classified as a flying reptile in the order Pterosauria.

The Dinosaur Fossils set retails for $59.99 and will be available at the LEGO online store on November 1. You can preorder it here.

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