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Nekes Collection of Optical Devices, Prints, and Games, 1700-1996 (bulk 1740-1920)

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Nekes Collection of Optical Devices, Prints, and Games
Series II. Cards and small printed items, circa 1750-1980
Series IIB. Silhouettes, 1780-1980
Subseries includes a set of over one hundred 18th-century paper silhouettes (i.e. megalographs), which depict popular and historical figures, trades, and characters (see Appendix 3 in the repository's Research Files for an item listing of the megalographs). There is one metal megalograph made by Nekes himself, circa 1980. Also in this subseries are cutouts and silhouette pictures made as advertisements for chocolate and cookies, and given away as collectibles.
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19 Megalographs, 1780-1814
132 megalographs that show historical, religious and mythical figures of the 18th-century culture, including political leaders, artists, trades and caricatures. Most are from The Netherlands, most artists are anonymous. With 8 pp. photocopied articles. See appendix in the repository's Research file for a detailed list of the megalographs with transcribed titles, (when applicable/readable).
19 [Chocolat Guerin-Boutron] late 1800s
France; Chocolats de qualité supérieure Guérin-Boutron; 29 Boulevard Poissonnière; Paris; F. Champenoise. One megalographic card for advertisement of chocolate brand; 6.5x5.5cm.
19 [Portrait du comique prince] late 1800s
France; modele deposé L. G.; Maurice Rouchier, Poitiers; Paris, Imprimerie Moderne, 47 Boulevard Ménilmontant. One megalographic card for advertisement of Les biscuits du Poitou; Instructions read: "Découpez les parties noires de cette Tête vous aurez par l'ombre le portrait du comique Prince."
19 [Bust of woman] circa 1980
Germany; made by Werner Nekes for demonstration. One metal megalograph; made on a brass leaf; 9.5x8cm.


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