Monthly Archives: September 2010

Recent Acquisition: POW Scrapbook

The Library/Archives recently acquired a scrapbook relating to a Nebraskan’s military service during World War II and his capture and imprisonment in a German POW camp.  Quentin M. Coyle, a native of Valley, Nebraska, served as a Liberator bomber pilot … Continue reading

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Neihardt’s Song of the Hoe

110 years ago, on September 27, 1900, The Youth’s Companion published a poem titled, “The Song of the Hoe”.  It was written by Nebraska’s own John G. Neihardt, who was just nineteen years old at the time. Nebraska State Historical … Continue reading

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“The Ugliest Artifact I’ve Ever Seen”

Museum artifacts can be beautiful.  Museum artifacts can be plain.  Plain museum artifacts can sometimes represent ugly ideas.  It is rare, however, to come across a museum artifact that is, in actuality, literally ugly.  Ah, but we’ve found one!  Thanks … Continue reading

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Free Auto Camps

John Nelson’s photograph depicted a homemade auto camper (left). NSHS RG3542-124-01 Long distance travel in the early days of the automobile was difficult, and comforts along the way were few. Motorists pitched their own tents and cooked their own meals … Continue reading

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Photograph Blues

Elliot School Victory Garden (All Photos)(RG2882.PH8-2) Do not adjust the color on your screen. These photographs really are blue.  They are called cyanotypes and can be easily recognized by their uniform, bright blue color. Cyanotypes are created using light sensitive … Continue reading

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The Mysteries of a Spanish-American War Uniform

  Private’s Spanish American War Era Sack Coat; Source: C.C. Sheldon, Columbus, Nebraska One of the Nebraska History Museum’s wonderful volunteers is recataloging and researching the museum’s Spanish-American War uniforms.  This particular private’s uniform has the name Fred Lecron marked … Continue reading

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A Census Taker’s Lament

A census taker canvassed this Lincoln neighborhood in 1910. NSHS RG0716-45-1 (Right). In 1880 Omaha’s third ward included the heart of the city’s gambling and vice. The notorious character of the district created unique problems for federal census takers there. … Continue reading

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1924 Airmail Pilot J. James Duffy

  This jacket (above) was worn by J. James Duffy, who worked as a U.S. Airmail pilot in 1924. Duffy had the insignia on the back repainted, as the original wings had worn away. The map below shows Duffy’s route from … Continue reading

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Beer and Blood: The Butchers’ Picnic

John Nelson’s photograph (right) depicts a butcher and his helpers inside a butcher shop. NSHS RG3542.PH:095-21 Labor Day in 1890 was celebrated on Monday, September 1, although some events associated with the day were celebrated several days before. One, a … Continue reading

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Smurfs, Transformers, and Trolls–Oh My!

Troll and smurf dolls from the personal collection of the author. Obtained Christmas 2009 ( at left). During the past few holiday seasons my husband and I have begun giving each other toys from our past.  As we’ve gotten older … Continue reading

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