Badass Sci Fi, Opposable, and the Library of Congress?

Domestic cat nursing kittens; Tachibana, Morikuni, 1679-1748, artist; 1720.

I promise, there’s lots o’ great stuff in this post, including incredible, FREE, sharable images! But first, Toot, Toot!

I changed my mind. I didn’t want to bury the lead, but your entertainment is more important to me!

While I was navigating the wrong section of the Library of Congress website, I came across a section entitled Free to Use and Reuse; a set of catalogued images for free use. Guess what this month’s theme was. Guess!


So I downloaded a few of my favorites. If you want to check it out for yourself, follow the link below, but don’t even think about doing it until I’m done with you.

The cat – Felis domesticus; L. Prang & Co., copyright claimant; [Place not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [1872]

Treat ’em rough – Join the tanks United States Tank Corps / / Ahgiet Hutaf ; National Printing & Engraving Co., Chicago, New York, St. Louis.Hutaf, August William, 1879-, artist  [1917]

Tyger [i.e. Tiger], White House cat; Photograph shows Benjamin Fink, half-length portrait, standing, facing front, holding Tiger, referred to as “Tige”, the White House cat with President Calvin Coolidge; [1924]

Animal locomotion; Twenty-four consecutive images of a cat running; Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904, photographer; c1887 Jun 13.

Buzzer the cat lying on a chair next to a doll; Genthe, Arnold, 1869-1942, photographer; between 1911 and 1919.

And here’s one for the baseball fans, ’cause I know all Badass Sci Fi and cat lovers are baseball fans. If you ever wondered how the LA Dodgers got their name, look no further.

Hardie Henderson, Brooklyn Trolley-Dodgers, baseball card portrait; W.S. Kimball Champions (N184); W.S. Kimball, sponsor; 1888.

Now, back to me! Don’t worry, I inserted hilarious GIFs to keep you reading.

Now, this doesn’t mean Opposable is gonna get a LCCN (Library of Congress Control Number) and be in the Library of Congress’ catalog of records. I guess there’s some kind of screening process, or so they say:

“First, the book is reviewed by Library of Congress selection librarians. If the book is selected for retention in the Library’s collections, then a bibliographic record will be created and this record will appear in the Library’s online catalog. If the book is not selected for retention, the Library of Congress will not create a catalog record for the book.”

I guess I will most likely receive a PCN (Preassigned Control Number), which means Opposable can be in libraries, and theoretically be checked out and read by anyone…anyone. Now that’s scary!

Hey, thanks for stopping by! The more you know…

Now, don’t bother me. I’m returning a book.

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