Monthly Archives: October 2011

Happy Halloween!

This is a Halloween party thrown at the residence of Anna Johnson of Lincoln. From the MacDonald Collection, this party was held November 2, 1951. (RG2183.PH001951-001102-12) Many children have fond memories of Halloween. That memory often consists of candy gathering, … Continue reading

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Spirit Photography

Unidentified woman and her attendant spirit c.1890.(RG3507.PH11-7) With the discovery of photography, along with using the technique of double exposing a negative, many interesting images have appeared through the years. The deliberate creation of a spirit photograph by a photographer … Continue reading

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Vampires of Nebraska

Group of unknown Nebraska cowboys (RG3332.PH000008) (at right). Custer County Chief, 1/3/1896 Another frightening-if-true story with a supernatural twist comes out of the northwest county of Dawes, just around the Pine Ridge. The end of 1895 saw a number of … Continue reading

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Canning the Way to Victory

Housewives were urged to “can Vegetables Fruit & the Kaiser too” in this 1919 publication by the National War Garden Commission. During American participation in World War I the U.S. Food Administration, under the direction of Herbert Hoover, launched a … Continue reading

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Messages from the Great Beyond

The practice of Spiritualism primarily involved the communication with spirits or ghostly associations who have “gone over,” or died in the flesh. Claiming to be in contact with the beyond, the Fox sisters from New York are credited with starting … Continue reading

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The Haunted Cabin of James Conway

Cabin near Alexandria, Nebraska (RG2083.PH000004-000051) (photo at left). Source: #4 Alexandria Journal 10/30/1965 The town of Alexandria, population 73 at last count, is found northwest of Fairbury. This sleepy farm community is said to have had within its boundary, a … Continue reading

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A Haunted Cowboy

Unidentified cowboy (RG2608.PH003300) (above) Source: 3 Hemingford Herald 4/24/1896 The Old West has its share of ghostly lore, no matter what section of the country you study, and Nebraska is no exception. By 1896 most of the territorial fighting had … Continue reading

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A Question of Business: Will Machines Replace Stenographers?

In 1877 Thomas A. Edison invented a machine that could record and reproduce the human voice using a tinfoil-covered cylinder. Edison’s phonograph, his trade name for his device, was followed in 1886 by Alexander Graham Bell’s graphophone that used wax … Continue reading

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The Alma Nightwalker

Source: 2 Chadron Journal 3/28/1902 Alma, Nebraska (RG3831.PH000001-000007) (above). Alma, Nebraska, population about 1,100, is found near the Harlan Reservoir south of Hastings and just north of the Kansas border. Back on March 28, 1902, a most unusual story was … Continue reading

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The Headless Ghost of Redington, Nebraska

The month of October can sometimes inspire images specific to the Halloween season. In December we think about Christmas, with brightly decorated trees and wrapped gifts full of surprise. In July we think red, white and blue thoughts as we … Continue reading

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