Animal House

Anthropomorphic Selections from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor
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Readers of newspapers are familiar with the comics section, which, for San Francisco Bay Area readers currently include at least eight strips with talking or humanized animals. Art and literature are filled with serio-comic and satirical anthropomorphized animals acting out: from nursery rhymes, fairy tales and children's books, to political humor and a wide assortment of cartoons; and from international masters.

Join the fun as we feature a selection of materials in the Annual Humor Exhibition--Animal House: Anthropomorphic Selections from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor opens on April 1 and continues through May 31. In th Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, Main Library.

Sponsored by the Book Arts & Special Collections Center, with funding provided by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

The Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor was founded in 1947 by Library Commissioner, lawyer and humanitarian Nat Schmulowitz (1889-1966), who, as a measure of his love for the public library and the people of San Francisco, gave ninety-three jest books as the foundation for a wit & humor collection. Over the years Nat donated more than 13,000 books as well as a bequest providing for the continued acquisition of books and other humorous materials.Today this unique collection of more than 22,000 volumes is the largest collection of its kind in a public library.


Thursdays at Noon Video Series

April 7 - A Wallace & Gromit Double Feature: A Grand Day Out and Curse of the Were-Rabbit

April 14 - The Adventures of Milo and Otis

April 21 - Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

April 28 - Ponyo

For more information please contact the Book Arts & Special Collections Center at or call us at 415.557.4560.

Image: Rum Pum Pum by Hans Fischer (1961). Courtesy Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor, SFPL.

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