Coming Soon: New Lovecraft Paper Paraphernalia!

I’ve been designing some new, paper ephemera inspired by various HPL stories and creations:

  • Student ID blank
  • Two hotel luggage labels
  • Student union card
  • Fraternity membership card
  • Student club card
  • Two Three steamship baggage labels
  • Museum artifact postcard
  • Museum ticket

Waiting for stuff to come in the mail – Lots of excitement! All the result of many hours of work and research online. And there’s still one more business card which I have yet to get printed.

EDIT 11-27-2016: Ha ha! The two hotel labels have come in! Now to wait a week or more for the other six other jobs…

EDIT: 12-01-2016: Got the student IDs in the mail last night!

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The Haunter of the Dark: a Partial Chronology

Pieced together by me, based on the text of the story.

Here be Spoilers:

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Museums Mentioned in HPL’s Fiction

This is the result of a quick search of HPLovecraft.com for the word “museum.” Very exhaustive, and fool-proof, I’m sure. The following are museums (but not libraries), real and fictional, mentioned by name (or implied specifically enough to ID) in the written fiction of H. P. Lovecraft:

The Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia. Holds the “Alert” Cthulhu idol from The Call of Cthulhu. Real.

The British Museum, London, UK. Holds a copy of the Necronomicon, as stated in The History of the Necronomicon. This is curious, as The British Library would seem to be a better custodian of such a rare book. Real.

The Cabot Museum of Archaeology, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Greatest collection of in mummies in America, as mentioned in Out of the Aeons. Fictional.

Captain Orne’s ‘marine museum,’ Martin’s Beach, Massachusetts, USA. Short-lived museum built on a boat, containing the remains of a sea monster, from The Horror at Martin’s Beach. Fictional.

The Miskatonic University Museum, Arkham, Massachusetts, USA. Contains some Innsmouth jewelry, as mentioned in The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Fictional.

The Newburyport Historical Society, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA. Innsmouth jewelry, The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Fictionalized version of The Museum of Old Newbury.

The Paterson Museum, Paterson, New Jersey, USA. Local and natural history, mentioned in The Call of Cthulhu. Real.

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Art modern & historical. Mentioned as containing materials related to the local witch trials in The Shunned House. Real.

Rogers’ Museum, London, UK. Wax figures / monsters, from The Horror in the Museum. Fictional.

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward: Early Providence

The NYC Public Library has put online an enormous amount of digitalized images from their collections. Poking around and looking for pictures of Providence, I stumbled across the following two:

Gaspee
Destruction of His Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee, Near Providence, RI, in 1772.

If you recall, Captain Whipple, who led the raid on Curwen’s farm, later led the attack on the Gaspee. HPL also says that many of the men who took part in the raid on the farm would also fight in the Revolution. It’s worth mentioning that Captain Whipple was a real person.

Providence 1828?
View of the North Side of the City of Providence.

The above is from a book of engravings called “Scenic Route of the Hudson River and the Lateral Parts of North America,” published in Paris in 1828.