Monthly Archives: February 2011

W. A. Fowler and The Typemusic Company

I recently ran across a few items in a manuscript collection relating to The Typemusic Company of Lincoln. Apparently Mr. W. A. Fowler invented and marketed a typewriter used for typing up musical compositions. He sold his invention through The … Continue reading

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African Americans in Nebraska—special issue of Nebraska History Online

Due to the great demand for the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Nebraska History, we have posted the entire issue on our website. If you’d rather read the articles on paper, you have two options. One is to contact our Landmark … Continue reading

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A Nebraska Goose

Straw stuffed goose decoy made sometime between 1941 and 1958 by John Albert Lundgren, one of Nebraska’s few nationally marketed decoy manufacturers. Patent number on bottom of the goose. John Albert Lundgren of Axtell, Nebraska, always loved hunting and by … Continue reading

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Woodbey for Regent!

Mrs. Woodbey was active in the temperance and woman suffrage movements. This cartoon from the February 8, 1919, issue of The Woman Citizen noted the connection between the two causes, implying that the “liquor interests” opposed giving women the vote … Continue reading

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A Needlework Tour of Nebraska

In 1976 the American bicentennial was a cause for celebration and commemoration.  Organizations and local governments of all sizes and configurations found ways to mark our country’s 200th birthday through events and projects as varied as the people living within … Continue reading

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Not Your Typical Valentine

Valentine’s Day cards can be sweet, sentimental, funny, and sometimes just plain bizarre. Here are a few of the strangest valentines I have found in the Nebraska History Museum’s collections. What is this creepy little kid doing inside this hole? Source: 7999-68-(17), … Continue reading

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Rough on Rats (and biles, and piles, and corns . . . )

Old print advertising is weird.  I know, some is boring, but to me, usually, if it’s not boring it’s weird.    Case in point—Rough on Rats.  Rough on Rats was a poison (arsenic) that was developed and marketed to kill all … Continue reading

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A Real Romance

Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Beager were married in Custer County, Nebraska, on August 13, 1889. NSHS RG2608-2182 (Right) Valentine’s Day has long been the day to celebrate romantic love—but, as the Omaha Daily Bee pointed out on April 29, … Continue reading

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