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Description: You who were spared I talked with night but last
about the velvet years
I remember from the window
The one that is blown is the one gone wild

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Description: For any master line drawn fine enough or spoken well
let us call all professionals to wear the laurel
and deck the Halls of Fame

Historical Object

Pink Baby Shoes

Date: 2010-07-27 

Description: A pair of bright pink, leather baby shoes with pale pink ribbons, made in 1851.

Historical Object

Paris Exposition Fan

Date: 1878 

Description: A handheld fan made of wood and cloth. This fan depicts the event it was made to commemorate — the 1878 Exposition Universelle held in Paris, France. The f...

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Description: His mind wandered without rescue

The man is innocent.

and had to be brought home to the corner
and stapled to the ground

Historical Object

Wisconsin Thematic Panel 70-78

Date:  

Description: If everything stopped dead — watches, tickers, hands — on every island something new would bloom
and another age begin

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Description: A child could count in rounded numbers
the Christmas chance of pudding from the sky

Historical Object

Militia Cavalry Uniform Coat

Date:  

Description: This is a red United States (U.S.) militia cavalry uniform coat. It is mounted on a mannequin form.

Date:  

Description: An unhappy majority
some of whom voted for frivolous reasons
reflected the north/south split

In their nascent paranoia, they preached their vi...

Historical Object

Shawl Dress

Date:  date unknown

Description: Three-quarter view of a lightweight wool dress cut from a shawl, in cream, rust and indigo paisley with a black center. The paisley has a bird-of-paradise...

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Description: Let us be wrong in all our judgments

At that fine point We cannot quite believe
the steps between the superstitions
The feathers, the little e...

Historical Object

Spiritulalist's Seance Robe

Date:  date unknown

Description: A seance robe worn by Louise Parke during her work as a Spiritualist in Wisconsin.

Date:  

Description: Sunday was the day when, to a stranger,
almost nothing happened. But to us
it was the best day of all

Historical Object

Dairyland Rat Poison

Date:  

Description: Dairyland rat poison container, made for the Wisconsin Pharmacal Company in Milwaukee. It was a warfarin-based poison.

Historical Object

Girl's Homespun Cotton Dress

Date: 1862 

Description: View of a long-sleeve, brown and white checked dress worn by Cora Cundiff.

Historical Object

Beaver Felt Top Hat

Date:  date unknown

Description: View of the inside of a top hat made from beaver felt, worn by Green Bay resident Morgan L. Martin. The maker's label reads: "Orel Cook, Rutland, Vt."

Historical Object

Wisconsin Thematic Panel 79-84

Date:  

Description: A working lifetime minted these good coins – every day
devoted to circulating them through the same routine streets
wore them thin into retirement

Date: 1889 ca.

Description: Seven yarn samples from St. Paul Knitting Works, dated between April 7, 1888 and February 21, 1889, affixed to a page in an Appleton Woolen Mills sample bo...

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Description: Years ago, there was a man-sound from the hills, and a lifetime later
its aged and legendary echo

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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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