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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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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: A bumper sticker with black text on a yellow background that reads: "Adlai, Estes and Joe Smith."

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Description: An event flyer for an appearance of Governor Bill Clinton and Senator Al Gore at the State Capitol Steps in Madison, Wisconsin. It features a photograph of...

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Description: Always looking at the vacancy in that great sea of people

All there ever was was a greeting card
and that one a mirage

Date: 1931 

Description: Front side of a coin made for International Harvester to celebrate the "Reaper Centennial." The event commemorated the one hundred year anniversary of the...

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Description: Page from Sue Ann Hackett Blue Album displaying several photographs from Kaubashine Creek trip. Includes campers in boats near a dock, and water and wooded...

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Description: The earth is never still, but speaks her lovers
lying twined among the roots of grasses, lying long
stretched out from hill to hill

There wher...

Date: 1992 

Description: One presidential political campaign button for Bill Clinton. It has a blue background with a black and white portrait of President Harry S. Truman holding...

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Description: Lenticular tie pin. One view has a head and shoulders portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the other view reads: "I Like Ike."

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Description: Framed assortment of buttons in support of Wendell Willkie (1940), Thomas Dewey and running mate John Bricker (1944), and Thomas Dewey and running mate Ear...

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

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Description: The bumper sticker has green text on a white background, and is for Jimmy Carter and Michael Howlett. It reads: "Carter Howlett." Supposedly promoting Jimm...

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Description: In the afternoon, nothing
Overnight, unseen

In the morning, a wooden horse with strangers
sending telegrams for more

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Stuart at Age Three

Date: 1900 

Description: Four trimmed studio portraits of Stuart Fargo are mounted on an album page decorated with a watercolor painting of three pansy flowers. The photographs at...

Date: 1980 

Description: A presidential political campaign meeting ticket for Ronald Reagan and George Bush, along with a drawing of an elephant wearing a sweater with the letter "...

Date: 1904-09-08 

Description: Menu for 10 p.m., imprinted on pink silk lace-trimmed pants with a green ribbon waistband: Extra Dry Pommery and Greno, Lobsters, Crabs, Bananas, Nuts.

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Houdini Award

Date: 1941 ca.

Description: The Houdini Award, an album, presented to Madison magician Ben Bergor by the Houdini Club of Wisconsin. Because Bergor won the award three years in success...

Date: 1984 ca.

Description: A presidential political campaign volunteer recruitment packet and handout papers for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in '84. One item within the packet...

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Description: A bumper sticker for Nelson Rockefeller, with white text over a red and blue background, reads: "Win with Rockefeller for President."

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