Beaute magazine Paris 1930  

A page from the manuscript of  The Rite of Spring  in Stravinsky’s own hand.

A page from the manuscript of  The Rite of Spring  in Stravinsky’s own hand.

Doodle by bored medieval school boy
This 15th-century doodle is found in the lower margin of a manuscript containing Juvenal’s Satires. This classical text was a popular device to teach young students - kids - morals. The medieval teacher Alexander Nequam stated: “Let the student read the satirists […] so that he may learn even in his younger days that vices are to be shunned” (quote here). Spoken like a true optimist, because this page shows what young school boys like to do with rules: disobey them. And so in stead of studying the student who used this book drew a funny doodle in the lower margin: a figure with a flower in one hand and what appears to be a pipe in the other. Could it be his teacher? Doodles are of all ages but those produced by bored school kids are the most entertaining.
Pic: Carpentras, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 368 (here). Here is another example of school kids doodling.

Doodle by bored medieval school boy

This 15th-century doodle is found in the lower margin of a manuscript containing Juvenal’s Satires. This classical text was a popular device to teach young students - kids - morals. The medieval teacher Alexander Nequam stated: “Let the student read the satirists […] so that he may learn even in his younger days that vices are to be shunned” (quote here). Spoken like a true optimist, because this page shows what young school boys like to do with rules: disobey them. And so in stead of studying the student who used this book drew a funny doodle in the lower margin: a figure with a flower in one hand and what appears to be a pipe in the other. Could it be his teacher? Doodles are of all ages but those produced by bored school kids are the most entertaining.

Pic: Carpentras, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 368 (here). Here is another example of school kids doodling.

 
Rilke, San Marco, poetry manuscript from The New Poems (1908)

Rilke, San Marco, poetry manuscript from The New Poems (1908)

"Dear Burt… Millie & John PS Right now John is stewed - M."

New York, NY
Postmarked 1945

Andre Breton, Three Collage Poems, (1920’s)

"When will the arbitrary be granted the place it deserves in the formation of works and ideas?"
-Andre Breton, From For Dada

Hungarian New Years’s postcard.

Hungarian New Years’s postcard.

Jack Kerouac writes to Ed White (1952)

Jack Kerouac writes to Ed White (1952)

Neal Cassady writes to Jack Kerouac

Neal Cassady writes to Jack Kerouac

The “Immortal Beloved” Letters | Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven’s unsent love letters written to his “Immortal Beloved”, whose identity remains unknown.

Carte Postale de Picasso à Apollinaire : « Je ne te vois plus. Tu es mort ? »L’employé de banque Guillaume Apollinaire devant la Bourse de Paris.6 décembre 1905.

Carte Postale de Picasso à Apollinaire : « Je ne te vois plus. Tu es mort ? »
L’employé de banque Guillaume Apollinaire devant la Bourse de Paris.
6 décembre 1905.

Papa Noel ~ 1910s French Christmas Postcard 

Papa Noel ~ 1910s French Christmas Postcard 

A very messy Beethoven manuscript. 
(From our latest Curator’s Choice by Sandra Tuppen of the British LIbrary on their digitised music manuscripts. See more here: http://bit.ly/1au9TYv )

A very messy Beethoven manuscript.

(From our latest Curator’s Choice by Sandra Tuppen of the British LIbrary on their digitised music manuscripts. See more here: )