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Hatters Gonna Hat

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Headwear in some form or another has persisted throughout history. Hats are representative of both fashion and social changes during different periods of time. In honor of hat day, here are some photos from our collection of different styles of women’s hats from the 1880s to the 1960s. 1880s Hats during this time generally had […]

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Saddle Up!

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Men and women weren’t the only ones going overseas during the First World War; horses also made the journey to serve in the military. Prior to American involvement in the conflict, British and French armies purchased horses from the United States and Canada. More than 600,000 horses and mules were shipped from North America during […]

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Hello, Is It Tea You’re Looking For?

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There’s nothing better than curling up with a blanket and warm drink when the weather is cold. One of these preferred warm drinks is tea, so it should come as no surprise that January is National Hot Tea Month. While residents of the city could get their most basic tea needs met at the grocer, […]

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All Tied Up

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Neckwear, in various forms, has been part of fashion for most of history. The modern necktie of today is derived from the cravat which, according to accounts, emerged during the Thirty Years’ War. King Louis XIII of France hired Croatian soldiers who wore a piece of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform. […]

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♪ I Want Candy ♪

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This jar of candy is from the 1930s and was produced and packaged by the Peerless Confectionary Company, manufacturer of hard candy from 1924 to 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. This jar was sold at Ott’s Candy, located at 418 Main Street. William F. Ott opened his candy store in 1907 and worked alongside his wife, […]