Artifact of the Month Archive

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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Bear Brand Teddy Bear

Bear Brand Teddy Bear

This teddy bear was a marketing item for Bear Brand Hosiery Company. Founded in Chicago in 1893 as Paramount Knitting Company, the name was changed to . . .

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World War I Poster

World War I Poster

This 1918 World War I poster from France was discovered in a trunk in an old hotel in Eureka Springs (Carroll County). The trunk, which contained posters, army manuals, maps, and letters, had belonged to . . .

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Powwow Souvenir

Powwow Souvenir

In October 1907, Collinsville, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), was the site of an event billed as β€œthe last great powwow before [Oklahoma] statehood.” Hosted by Shawnee chief Henry Spybuck, tribal members . . .

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Handkerchief

Handkerchief

This handkerchief belonged to Alpha Williams, who was born near War Eagle (Madison County) in 1907, the youngest of eight children. The Williams family moved to the south Madison County community of St. Paul . . .

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Home Legion Medal

Home Legion Medal

In 1944, homemakers across America joined the Betty Crocker Home Legion, an outreach project offered through the Betty Crocker Radio Cooking School. Membership in the . . .

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