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  • Object: Uniform

    Sep 27, 2018

    2013.11.1 a-e Uniform United States 1943-1946 Cloth, Thread, Metal This uniform is from World War II and contains: hat, jacket (pictured), tie, pants, and belt. The uniform belonged to native Texan, Dr. Harold W. Diserens, M.D. who served in the [...]

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  • Object: Typewriter

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0069a Typewriter American Date: 1907-1914 Materials: Metal The Oliver Typewriter Company was active from 1895-1928, but licensed its designs to other international firms. It was one of the first “visible print” typewriters, in other words as the typist hit the [...]

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  • Object: Iron

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0291b Iron American Date: Late 19th/Early 20th century Materials: iron, wood This is a small metal iron, referred to as a sadiron. It was donated by Sister Alexandrine, whose family immigrated to Texas from Silesia in the late 19th century. [...]

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  • Object: Washing Machine

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0355a Washer, Clothes Newton, Iowa Date: 1920s Materials: copper, metal, wood This washing machine is an early type of electric washing machine. According to Lee Maxwell’s Washing Machine Museum, electric washing machines have been mass produced since approximately 1906 by [...]

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  • Object: Telephone

    Sep 25, 2018

    I-0037a Crank-type Telephone American Texas Date: ca. 1900-1930 Materials: wood and metal   This is a crank-type telephone, in the single box style. This style of phone is sometimes called a “picture frame front telephone” by modern collectors because of [...]

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  • Object: Calculator

    Sep 25, 2018

    I-0435b United States Date: 1950 Materials: Metal, plastic Photo via: International Slide Rule Museum Some of the first known calculation systems were developed by Sumerians and Egyptians around 3rd millenium B.C. One of the tools that they created to help [...]

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  • Object: Loom

    Sep 25, 2018

    Photo via: WDICT I-0230a Back-strap Loom Latin American Mexico Date: 20th century Materials: Wood, textile   Weaving has been a valuable art practiced around the world for thousands of years, across many cultures. Although now widely replaced with mass production [...]

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  • Object: Flag & Patch

    Sep 25, 2018

    Photo via: NASA TV, space.com I-0648h Framed Flag & Patch American United States Date: 1991 Materials: Paper This frame contains a small US flag and crew patch, along with a certificate of authenticity verifying that these items were flown aboard [...]

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  • Object: Tobacco Press

    Sep 25, 2018

    I-0046d Tobacco Press American Tampa, FL Date: 1870-1969 Material: Metal This hand crank operated tobacco press was used in the processing of tobacco leaf. The imprinted trademark reads “Gulf Iron WKS. Tampa, FLA. The Miller, Dubrul & Peters MFG. Co., [...]

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