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Air Mail Begins

Date: 1927-11-22 

Description: Souvenir envelope mailed by John A. Lester on the flight that inaugurated air mail service between Madison and Minneapolis in 1927. Madison's first incomin...

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Description: First one light is the truth and then another
but always it is shining on some counterpart

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Antique Typewriter Keyboard

Date:  date unknown

Description: The keyboard of the first practical typewriter, developed by Christopher Latham Sholes of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and marketed in 1874.

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Description: Page from Sue Ann Hackett Scrapbook displaying two photographs. One shows Sue Ann and two cabin mates, along with counselor Miss Rusty, in sleeping bags in...

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Joy Camps Chevrons and Logo

Date: 1950 ca.

Description: Page from Sue Ann Hackett Blue Album, displaying chevrons earned at camp, and the Joy Camps logo. Three different chevrons are included, a single, a double...

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John Randolph

Date:  date unknown

Description: Paper cutout of the silhouette of a man wearing a hat, long suit coat, boots, and holding a cane. Paper on back of framed image reads: "Purchased in Madiso...

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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: A word without momentum that settled on a note of calm

caught wind

and spun its venom into froth, to cool
a Sunday afternoon in June

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Description: The log who was made King of Logs is here entombed
eight round, ten long

For his design, the strengthened forest
capriciously outgrew them all...

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Spiritulalist's Seance Robe

Date:  date unknown

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

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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: Either way, the sides are bridged,
from wine to water, cutting back to wine

Paradoxical appointments, anticipated hour —

No one event can...

Date: 1885-07-23 

Description: Mourning Badge with the image of Ulysses S. Grant.

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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...

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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FDR Campaign Pin

Date: 1936 

Description: Campaign button for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, with Roosevelt's image at the center and the phrase "Carry on with Roosevelt" around the outer edge.

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

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Wisconsin Thematic Panel 55-61

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Description: Way back in the soft center of hard times
did not their resistance to change in the sentiment
make some sense

What could take the place of the...

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105 - Camping Trip Scenes

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Description: Page from Joy Camps photo album displaying four photographs of campers participating in outdoor camping. Left photograph shows campers cooking over a campf...

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Oscar Meyer Banjo-Ukulele

Date:  date unknown

Description: A banjo-ukulele with the words "Oh, I Wish I Were... An Oscar Meyer Wiener..." on the body of the instrument. It was used by Richard Trentlage in the first...

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