Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House,

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

  • We certainly can’t afford to buy everything we want at museum stores, but we always make sure to pick up a couple of postcards, so we were very interested in to find out which were the 20 best-selling postcards at the Guggenheim, the Met, MoMA, and the Whitney.
  • Last week we heard that treasure hunters found a legendary Nazi train packed with loot hidden in a long-forgotten tunnel in the Polish mountains. Now it seems that the train may also contain the long-lost Amber Room of Charlottenburg Palace, crafted in the early 18th-century from amber, gold, and precious jewels.
  • A man after our own hearts: A historian who works for the Internet Archive learned that a small store in Maryland was dumping its collection of 200,000 obscure manuals for machinery, so he rallied volunteers and rushed to save the booklets, which will now be digitized. (Which of course reminds us of our efforts to save the James Dee collection of 250,000 unlabeled slides, ahem.)
  • An academic argues that looking at art makes you smarter. We couldn’t agree more.
  • And as if we weren’t already spending too much time on Twitter, the New York Public Library is making our habit worse with two new accounts: @nypl_dogs and @nypl_cats.