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Monster Knife

Date: 1990 ca.

Description: A woman holds the monster knife and its sheath. Giant knife presented to John Fox Potter by Missouri Republicans after Potter's threatened duel with a Virg...

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Description: White horses, white fences that money can't buy

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Old Abe's Feather

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Description: A feather, likely from Old Abe. It was found among unsorted material in an envelope marked "Old Abe's feather for Helen". There is no information on who...

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Worth Gown

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Description: Gown made by Charles Frederick Worth of Paris for Frances Fairchild of Madison, Wisconsin, 1880.

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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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Fluoroscope

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Description: The shoe fitting fluoroscope was a common fixture in shoe stores during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. A typical unit, like the machine shown here, consisted...

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Description: The fife and drum are not so innocent
the vulture's eye is on the dance

Date:  date unknown

Description: We tend to forget that at the time of the destruction of the forests, an emergency situation existed. The need for lumber for the building up of the...

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Toy Goat

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Description: A stuffed toy goat with a gray body and a red tail, beard and ears.

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Description: All about, wherever a thought stirred,
are the memorabilia of its traces.

As it is spoken, so is it written;
as it is crucified, so is it grav...

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74th Regiment Armory

Date: 1901 

Description: Souvenir playing card out of a full deck from the Pan-American Exposition. The Three of Clubs displays a drawing of the "74th Regiment Armory", a large cas...

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Description: In the soft underside of war
The home point is to be home again with honor
without quite understanding why

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Rountree's Militia Sword

Date:  date unknown

Description: A scabbard and officer's militia sword that once belonged to Major John Rountree (a founder of Platteville) during the Black Hawk War in the summer of 1832...

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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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Folding Ruler

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Description: A wooden folding ruler for measuring, with a portion broken off.

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Fluoroscope 

Date:  date unknown

Description: The shoe fitting fluoroscope was a common fixture in shoe stores during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. A typical unit, like the machine shown here, consisted...

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Description: Please listen to the great owl
Please listen to the education

Please learn how to save hard things
for the easy way

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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: To some who want to leave
it would be dull
But to us who want to stay
the moment is surprising:
never lax
only turning out of nowhere lastin...

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Polish Paper Cutting

Date:  date unknown

Description: This is a Polish paper cutting, an art form known as wycinanki, featuring a floral/flower design.

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