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42 Historical Objects, No. 42: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” a painting about climate change.

This is the final entry in my “42 Historical Objects” series. I thought long and hard about what to choose for the final article, and after much contemplation I picked this … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 41: A chunk of the Berlin Wall.

This unusually chipper piece of concrete once stood in the center of Berlin. Molded in a hurry in August 1961, the Berlin Wall is probably the single most enduring symbol … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 40: the original Macintosh computer. [Guest post by Robert Horvat]

By Robert Horvat In the middle of 1984, I was getting a tour of my new high school that I would be attending in ’85. It was there that I first … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 39: Pat Nixon’s red coat.

This red coat has seen a lot of history. It belonged to Patricia Nixon, First Lady of the United States, wife of the 37th President, Richard M. Nixon. She was … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 38: early 1960s Norwegian TV.

I chose this very retro television set more as a representative example than a historical object with a unique history unto itself. This TV was manufactured in 1962 by the … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 37: Kennedy’s coconut from the PT-109 incident.

It’s hard to see in this picture, but this paperweight is actually a hardened, almost petrified coconut with a message scratched into its surface. The message reads “NAURO ISL…COMMANDER…NATIVE KNOWS … Continue reading

June 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 36: Wooden “Mein Kampf” cover.

The frightening emblem on the cover of this wooden box should be recognizable to anyone with even a passing interest in history. The SS or Schutzstaffel was one of the most … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 5 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 35: the Titanic doll’s head.

This entry is unique in the “42 Historical Objects” series because it’s the only item that you can’t go see in a museum. It’s the porcelain head of a child’s … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 34: a Victorian woman’s corset.

This is the first item of fashion history I’ve showcased on  my blog. I’ve had rather an interest in women’s fashion from the Victorian era, as my novel Doppelgänger, which comes … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 33: the gun that killed Abraham Lincoln.

This sad and terrible artifact is extremely small–smaller, in fact, than it looks in this photo. It is a Philadelphia derringer, probably manufactured about 1852. On the evening of April … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 1 Comment
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