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Money of the American Civil War

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Fighting a war is an expensive undertaking, especially for a largely agrarian society whose capital is invested in slavery and cotton land. After their secession from the United States, the Confederate States of America was in need of revenue. Raising taxes was not feasible, as there was little in the way of infrastructure to support […]

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Well, “Jell-O” There!

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Jell-O is a cheap product that can be found gracing the shelves of grocery stores. However, gelatin was once a time consuming and arduous task, generally only served by hostesses if they had a staff. Calves’ feet had to be boiled for hours, the fat skimmed off, the liquid strained and flavored, packed into a […]

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Corporal Arthur L. Morgan

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Corp. A. L. Morgan Co. E. 37th Engrs. Am. Ex. Force France I am stationed here for a few days, but the country furnishes us a good time especially the old buildings… Lovingly, Arthur (Vertical in center) Note the castle. We have been thru it. Postmarked December 28, 1918, this postcard was sent by Arthur […]

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A Mammoth Discovery

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Woolly mammoths have long captured the imagination of the public. Woolly mammoths lived over 2 million years ago, the last species to emerge from the mammoth family. Mammoths first appeared around 5 million years and died out around 11-12,000 years ago…with a few exceptions. A group of mammoths on St. Paul Island, Alaska did not […]