philebrity Today's spotlight event: Saturnalia Books reading @philaathenaeum! More at: philebrity.com/events/ 1mon

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philebrity Tomorrow on the site: THIS place. Cc: @philaathenaeum 1mon

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ldale I spy, with my little eye, a swan. 1mon

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ldale History of House Paint. #colorinacan 1mon

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angiercosey This guy was a teaching tool used to help students learn the fine art of phrenology, an extremely popular pseudoscience of the 19th century. @philaathenaeum @atlasobscura
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ambersquared_ Hidden Pages - An Afternoon of Rare and Occult Books at the Philadelphia Athenaeum with @sickmodboy. Flipped through the pages of century old tomes on witchcraft, mesmerism, and the occult sciences. #ObscuraDay #AtlasObscura 1mon
  •   muse_izm Do I sense a witch hunt on the horizon? 1mon

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sickmodboy @ambersquared_ and I ventured out to the Philadelphia Athenaeum for Obscura Day 2016. The title of this particular event in honor of Obscura Day was, Hidden Pages - An afternoon of Rare and Occult Books. Our reason for choosing this event was the chance to not only view these rare books on the occult, but to also touch and explore the pages in a small and intimate setting. Some of the more exciting pieces consisted of a book from England on the subject of Witchcraft titled Saducismus Triumphatus printed in 1681, and a guide to the Black Arts titled The Secret Book of the Black Arts printed in 1878. Founded in 1814 The Philadelphia Athenaeum actually allows visitors to make reservations to conduct research by way of access to these and many other rare books. All you need is to set a reservation and provide a photo ID. Some other highlights of this place include the death mask of Napoleon, books and items concerning the subjects of mesmerism, occult sciences, phrenology, along with strange artifacts concerning 19th century death customs which include macabre things such as beautiful examples of Victorian human hair jewelry. We found it all to be quite a perfect way to celebrate a bright and sunny Saturday here in Philadelphia. #obscuraday 1mon

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