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

Paradoxical appointments, anticipated hour —

No one event can...

Historical Object

Singer Advertising Card Box

Date: 1893 ca.

Description: Cover of a box produced by The Singer Manufacturing Company, which holds "Costumes of All Nations" souvenir cards, created for the 1893 World's Columbian E...

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Description: Face up to the oncoming interest due
when it's blushing right there as a shadow
and the fact is a whistle away

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Description: It's a day for celebration, just to be so cheering glad and everyone to know

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Idleness Sculpture

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Description: Photograph of sculpture of a hand entitled "Idleness," created by Vinnie Ream Hoxie.

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Description: Far out

The last report on peace to reach us here
was neither a promise nor easy Faith

but the hardest of all, the waiting for never
an...

Historical Object

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...

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Description: A man in motion moves upon good reason.

To create disorder
he must stop and settle down.

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Wisconsin Thematic Panel 33-46

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Description: The Little Bluebirds — has anyone expressed it better
than Judy Garland singing
. . . why, oh why, can't I

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Description: We were promised, we were told
that candy came in stripes and boxes

But some was stacked,
like lost rewards, the chocolate-coated paradoxes

Historical Object

Limnology Apparatus

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: Apparatus for limnological research conducted at Trout Lake, Wisconsin and elsewhere.

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FDR Campaign Pin

Date: 1936 

Description: Wisconsin campaign pin for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Nance Garner's 1936 run. It reads "Roosevelt Garner Club, Wisconsin."

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McCormick Electrotype

Date:  date unknown

Description: Electrotype created for the letterpress print of McCormick's Harvester and Self Binder. A woodcut was created first, the electrotype next, then the letterp...

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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

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."

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Joy Camps Scenes

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Description: Page from Sue Ann Hackett Blue Album displaying several scenes. Includes photographs of a girl near a bridge with rapids, campers canoeing, a lineup of som...

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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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Grand Army of the Republic

Date: 1882-03-19 ca.

Description: Certificate creating Post Number 25, Department of Wisconsin, of the Grand Army of the Republic.

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