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Hands-on History Presents: Uncovering the Real James Bond

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Philadelphia, PA 19103

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The "real" James Bond was a Philadelphia ornithologist and acquaintance of Ian Fleming.

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In researching his new book about Philadelphian James Bond, whose identity was stolen by Ian Fleming, author Jim Wright found a goldmine the Free Library's Rare Book Department. In the James and Mary Bond archives there, Wright unearthed all sorts of rare images and documents pertaining to the ornithologist Bond -- including a photo of Bond (wielding a double-barreled shotgun) and a toy Aston-Marton DB5 (complete with ejector seat). The presentation will highlight rarely seen objects from the Free Library's collection. Wright, who was raised just outside of Philadelphia, is the author of several books about nature -- and sports biographies of a couple of athletes named Bobby Clarke and Mike Schmidt.

Take history in the palm of your hand: turn pages, hold manuscripts, and handle artifacts with the Hands-on History series from the Free Library's Special Collections. Curiosity seekers of all ages are welcome!

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Philadelphia, PA 19103

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