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The Huntington  The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a research and cultural center serving scholars and the general public. #atTheH

Believe it or not, this massive #snowball fight actually took place at the Liverpool Exchange in 1854. Close to 300 rival stockbrokers threw snowballs with such gusto that “hats were knocked off, and trodden under foot, many of them being so disfigured that they could not be identified by their owners.” After almost two hours, the fight finally ended, after interventions by both the mayor and the constable.
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“Snowballing on the Liverpool ‘Change,” story and image featured in the “The Illustrated London News” January 14, 1854. #VaultTuesday: amazing things not currently on view.

During a recent replanting project in the #RoseGarden, decades-old myrtle hedges were uprooted to make way for water-wise plants. But instead of heading to the compost pile, the discarded myrtles will start life anew as bonsai, thanks to our curator of the bonsai collections Ted Matson. Read all about the transformation over on Verso (link in profile👆).

A 17th-century #gingerbread recipe worthy of a #GBBO technical challenge.
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Magdalen Coward, medical and culinary recipes from her “Booke of Receipts,” November, 1695. #VaultTuesday: amazing things not currently on view.

Huntington Art memes for everyone in school rn 👌😂
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Tag your photo with #atTheH on your next visit and we might repost—or display in the Mapel Orientation Gallery. Amazing memes made by the students of @teaching_titans.

Can’t resist the #DesertGarden, even in the rain. Check out our story for the full rainy day tour.👆👀🌵🌹🖼

Riveting performances, fantastic outfits, and powerful females—#MaryQueenofScots, opening this weekend, will be full of historical drama. But will it include a tiny historical detail during a crucial scene? According to an inscription in Mary’s own velvet-bound prayer book, it was in her hands when she walked to her execution. More over on Verso (link in bio).
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“Flight to Egypt,” Huntington Manuscript 1200, folios 80 verso and 81. #TheHuntington.

❄️ Let it snow ❄️
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Frances E. Chickering, "Cloud Crystals: a snowflake album, collected and edited by a lady," 1864. Gif’d by The Huntington. Chickering began documenting snowflakes after observing the first snow through a dark window, a view she tried recreate in the album’s design. Over the course of several winters, she recorded over 200 types of snowflakes, cutting each delicate shape out of paper after examining them under a magnifying glass. #VaultTuesday

🌧 or ☀️, the ginkgoes are still ✨

While "Architects of a Golden Age" showcases some amazing renderings of iconic L.A. spots, there are some beautiful drawings of early #Pasadena that are not to be missed. Look at the exquisite detail of this Spanish garden, designed by Florence Yoch and Lucile Council for the very same @vromansbookstore you can visit today on Colorado Blvd. The garden has since been demolished, but you can still see this beautiful little courtyard on paper in the Library West Hall as part of the exhibit.
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Katherine Bashford, renderer, "17th-century Spanish Garden, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena," 1921, landscape design by Florence Yoch and Lucile Council. © Courtesy of James J. and Nancy Yoch, 2018.

It’s beginning to look a lot like (a Pinkie and Blue Boy) #Christmas over in the Huntington Art Gallery. 💁‍♂️🎄💁‍♀️

Get ready to jump for joy - it’s #MuseumStoreSunday! Preview all the fabulous gifts available over @thehuntingtonstore, and shop on-site today from 10am - 5 pm (every purchase over $50 gets a free hot cocoa!!).🎄🎉☕️

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