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MacArthur for President Tag

Date: 1948 ca.

Description: Small button tag on a string promoting "Republican, General Douglas MacArthur for President."

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Description: Button bearing a Christmas tree logo and the slogan "No more shopping days 'til peace."

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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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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: 1948 ca.

Description: Passenger ticket and baggage check for Northwest Orient Airlines, illustrating their newly initiated around-the-globe routes to the Far East. This ticket w...

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Description: Application to admit a child to the Soldiers' Orphans' Home, at Madison, Wisconsin, who had lost their father in the Civil War.

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Cigar Box Ukulele

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Description: A ukulele made of koa wood and a Bull Durham cigar box.

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Boy's Shoes

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Description: Boy's black leather shoes with double straps. They were made in 1884-1885.

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FDR Campaign Banner

Date: 1932 

Description: Campaign banner in support of Franklin Delano Roosevelt for President. The banner bears Roosevelt's image and the phrases "God Bless America" and "our next...

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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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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...

Date: 1936 ca.

Description: Badge for the Wisconsin Beekeepers Association 58th Annual Convention at the Hotel Retlaw in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. October 29, 30, 1936. Courtesy of Ruep...

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Burt's Solar Compass

Date:  date unknown

Description: A brass solar compass, invented by William Austin Burt and built by William J. Young. It was used to survey lands in Wisconsin and surrounding areas during...

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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: A silk banner for the Communist League of America's New York Branch. The Communist League of America was founded in 1928 as a section of Leon Trotsky's Int...

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Fromm Label

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Description: Label from a Fromm Golden Glory Fox fur. The company's insignia is a stylized fox head.

Date: 1901-11-14 ca.

Description: Certificate appointing Y.W. Webb to Aide-de-Camp of the Grand Army of the Republic on November 14, 1901.

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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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