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[BKARTS] Charm School: Ill-Mannered Selections from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor at the San Francisco Public Library


March 7, 2008
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Minding Your P's and Q's

The world of etiquette on display at the Main Library


Charm School: Ill-Mannered Selections from the Schmulowitz Collection of
Wit & Humor, takes the reader on a quirky tour of the world of etiquette
in our "civilized society." In an age when politicians and pundits
freely express their vulgar behavior in public, is bad behavior just
something the rest of us are forced to put up with? Or can we really
maintain a civil society by curbing rudeness and employing a civil
demeanor? It is refreshing to note that the demise of a well-behaved
society has been the subject of discourse and predictions for well over
600 years. Society has suffered through more ups and downs in mangled
manners and frightened horses, but just when we think we're all headed
to hell in a hand basket, a new etiquette book arrives to save us from


The books and materials on display are the height of incivility, a
mirror reflecting the need for a little etiquette training, but mainly
serve as a showcase of amusing selections drawn from the Schmulowitz
Collection. Charm School will be on display April 1-May 31 in the
Skylight Gallery on the Sixth Floor of the Main Library, 100 Larkin
Street. Also on view: When in Rome . . . Travel Etiquette on the Third
Floor in the General Collections & Humanities Center; and It's a Spoon,
Not a Shovel, a collection of children's etiquette books, in the
Children's Center on the Second Floor.


On April 23, the ladies of Pod Post will present, "Crooked
Correspondence-A Beginner's Primer: from A to Z." Every letter of the
alphabet gets a startling new treatment beginning with a list of saucy
adjectives. Participants will compose postcards to loved ones based on
Victorian "alphagram" games. The Pod Post is comprised of Jennie
Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler, San Francisco book artists,
zinesters, and renowned mail art practitioners. The program begins at 6
p.m. in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room at the Main Library.


The Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor (SCOWAH) is a unique library
resource located in the Book Arts & Special Collections Center of the
Main Library. This non-circulating research collection focuses on the
humorous treatment of practically everything. Presented as a gift to the
San Francisco Public Library in 1947 by Nat Schmulowitz-attorney,
bibliophile, and humanitarian-the collection is considered the largest
wit and humor collection in a public library. The annual SCOWAH
exhibition, which opens every April Fools' Day, is a tribute to
Schmulowitz's generosity and lifelong interest in the Library, and
highlights some of the treasures that may be found in the collection. 


The exhibition and program are free and open to the public. For more
information, please call (415) 557-4277.



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