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Historical Object

The Airship

Date: 1901 

Description: Souvenir playing card out of a full deck from the Pan-American Exposition. The Seven of Spades displays a drawing of "The Airship." A round building with a...

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Description: Each little world has its private Atlas
working his ethic in longhand
toward the stage set for the point of No Return

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Description: Everybody was wonderful

Stars kept rising, pink and gold
Trailing threads of breathless music
barely out of reach
Hand to hand around the n...

Historical Object

Wisconsin Building

Date: 1901 

Description: Souvenir playing card out of a full deck from the Pan-American Exposition. The Jack of Hearts displays a drawing of the "Wisconsin Building", a square buil...

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Description: No one will tell

No one would dare to put in print
the Secret Knowledge.

That word of mouth is frozen deep
and all Report is still

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Description: A man in motion moves upon good reason.

To create disorder
he must stop and settle down.

Historical Object

Beautiful Orient

Date: 1901 

Description: Souvenir playing card out of a full deck from the Pan-American Exposition. The Three of Hearts displays a drawing of the "Beautiful Orient." Two obelisks f...

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Description: Even the slow, dry, hungry engines,
digging
what would be the best of times,
cannot help but leave behind them
a restlessness unchanging as bef...

Historical Object

Wisconsin Thematic Panel 7-11

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Description: I had to know the point to which the path was tracked
and when the definition would cease to be my own

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Description: The buildup of Answers took many years

On Saturday the band was stilled
and Monday morning they tore it down
leaving front and back of another...

Historical Object

Wisconsin Thematic Panel 62-69

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Description: The arrangements

Somebody takes care of it:
planning the details, announcements,
transportation,
setting the tone,
fitting all the likel...

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Description: "I am the man with measuring pole on my shoulder. At the age of 21 years I was sawing log in the woods. Since then I have seen the old time way go and the...

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Description: Everybody who lived should get a gold watch
for endurance
and a chain for hanging

Historical Object

The Plaza

Date: 1901 

Description: Souvenir playing card out of a full deck from the Pan-American Exposition. The Five of Hearts displays a drawing of "The Plaza", a two piece building with...

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Description: That time of year.

Let's go watch the big wheels

The Saint, the King of Breakup with his Fool, parade the tarot Jack of Dice,
their drumme...

Historical Object

Paul Vanderbilt Pairing 134

Date:  date unknown

Description: We always know what day it is
Because it never fails. Sometime between the awful and the coffee
that stepson drives along the road
and all the dog...

Historical Object

Service building

Date: 1901 

Description: Souvenir playing card out of a full deck from the Pan-American Exposition. The Queen of Hearts displays a drawing of the "Service Building", a large castle...

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Description: When we built our house
we couldn't afford it, but we built everything the best
It's our fortune, and I am so very thankful

A rock
An ark...

Historical Object

Wisconsin Thematic Panel 12-18

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Description: She didn't quite make clear what we were going to find when we got here
on the outer edge of worry
It wasn't Chinamen and it wasn't wild rice
A ha...

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Description: Some towering hand-made genius had fighting words to sell

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