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They Have Conventions For That?

7294-7426Recently I’ve been working on the Society’s collection of posters and I have to say I’ve been really impressed with what we have.  We have intriguing, sometimes frightening, and many times lovely posters from WWI and WWII, interesting items that advertise all sorts of events and products in Nebraska and, of course, we have some oddities.  Like the one above.  I got quite a chuckle won

The Petrified Bagel

8531-11Affectionately this little gem of an artifact is known around the museum collections offices as “The Petrified Bagel.”  It is one of the few food items we have in the collection–not surprisingly as food does not normally put up with being preserved for decades (with the exception perhaps of hard tack and Nebraskits, which may pop up in a future blog post).  It is said this peculiar piece of

Carmen the Cigarette Girl

Source: Elizabeth Gaylord Rathburn, Lincoln, Nebraska

Source: Elizabeth Gaylord Rathburn, Lincoln, Nebraska (at left)

The Nebraska History Museum is privileged to have a wonderful doll collection, which we have recently been recataloging. This one caught my eye, as it’s not every day that you see a doll with a cigarette in its mouth.

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