Tour Gibbs in Back Bay, Boston
this summer on the following Saturdays:
June 10, July 8, and August 12
Friday, September 22, 2017, in Salem “Katharine Gibbs: Trailblazing Woman in Business.”
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Everyone keyboards now. Here is a real keyboard typewriter. A typewriter patented in 1857 by a doctor from Newport has a keyboard that looks like a piano keyboard. It was called the “literary typewriter.” There are examples at the Newport Historical Society and at the Smithsonian. Check it out by clicking on Smithsonian.
The Barbizon Then and Now and Katharine Gibbs School
Katharine Gibbs: Beyond White Gloves is in the acknowledgements at the end of The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis. She makes the day-to-day rigor come alive.
In email Fiona Davis said, “I read your book with avid interest as it gave me such a wonderful background to the school and the time period. I can’t thank you enough for all of the research and care you took in writing it. The very fact that you were able to preserve so much of the history of the school for future generations is a true gift to us all.”
The novel is set in both 1952 with a Gibbs student living at the Barbizon Hotel for Women in New York and with a woman living at the Barbizon in 2016. In 2016 one floor has women who lived there before it became condos and still live there.
The chapters alternate between the two times, and I was so happy to see some details from my book used. The true story of how two students would share one pair of gloves and get through morning inspection at the elevators is now in two books and will not be lost.
Let’s keep the Gibbs story alive.
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STAND ABOVE THE CROWD! EXCELLENCE IN ALL YOU DO!
This tagline from a later Gibbs catalog sums up the institution.