Artifact of the Month Archive

Red, White, and Blue Dress

Red, White, and Blue Dress

Donated by Mary Brashears Mullen Jessie Stewart (1892-1980) showed her patriotic spirit when she wore this dress to the annual reunion at St. Paul (Madison County). The dress dates to about 1901, so Jessie would have been about  ten years old when she wore it. Jessie...

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Ozark Nuthead Dolls

Ozark Nuthead Dolls

“Hillbilly Wedding,” a hickory nut doll diorama, was made by Ben Smith and his wife, Ethel. The Smiths, who lived in the Fayetteville/Springdale area, made dolls and other souvenir items . . .

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Jigsaw Puzzle

Jigsaw Puzzle

This jigsaw puzzle was a souvenir of the 1939 New York’s World’s Fair held at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York. With a slogan of “Dawn of a New Day,”  the fair opened . . .

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Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic SP

Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic SP

This Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic SP camera saw quite a bit of Northwest Arkansas history. It once belonged to longtime photojournalist Charles Bickford who worked for the Springdale News for almost 40 years. . . .

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Toy Horses

Toy Horses

During the 1950s and 1960s, small plastic figurines like these horses were popular,  inexpensive toys. Four major manufacturers of these plastic playsets were . . .

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Swanky Swigs

Swanky Swigs

While “Swanky Swigs” may be used today as a catch-all name for decorated tumblers made during the 1930s into the 1970s, the term was first coined by Kraft Foods. . . .

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