ON THE COVER -
November Issue 2004 - Election Year Special
1912 Presidential Campaign Wire Tails......by Roy Nuhn
More than a couple dozen different souvenir postcards were published for the 1912 presidential campaign. Of these, the most interesting is a set of four wire-tail novelties manufactured by Schmidt Brothers, a Chicago firm. These were intended for sale to a general public whose enthusiasm for anything relating to the three way race for the White House was being stirred up daily by the nation's magazines and newspapers.

The Antique Detective -
Tracking 20th Century Train Posters......by Anne Gilbert

When you think of train posters chances are you expect to see trains depicted, right ? You couldn’t be more wrong.  It was the destinations that were colorfully advertised. Trains were mentioned in bold print as the way to get to those places. In the exhibit opening October 1 , at the Posters Plus Gallery in Chicago,  titled “Chicago Transit Posters of the 1920s-Revisited” there is nary a train in sight.

A Victorian Thanksgiving......by Maureen Timm
Thanksgiving secured its place in the affections of Americans by providing a reason, and a mandate, for families to assemble. The tendency of Victorian families to scatter across the country made holiday reunions important. Grown children might be living on prairie homesteads, in eastern cities or in Midwestern towns.Railroads made it possible for families to travel long distances to be together on Thanksgiving. Thousands of travelers jammed the railroad stations on Thanksgiving Eve, while extra trains were added to the schedules and extra cars to every train.

Q.     I am trying to determine the age of the drop front desk I inherited from my grandmother. My father says it belonged to grandma's grandma and is over two hundred years old. I know its old but I have my doubts about it being that old. It has the fake columns next to the door inside to hide small stuff and the supports come out automatically when you open the lid.

World War II Ration Memorabilia......by Roy Nuhn
Thanksgiving secured its place in the affections of Americans by providing a reason, and a mandate, for families to assemble. The tendency of Victorian families to scatter across the country made holiday reunions important. Grown children might be living on prairie homesteads, in eastern cities or in Midwestern towns.Railroads made it possible for families to travel long distances to be together on Thanksgiving. Thousands of travelers jammed the railroad stations on Thanksgiving Eve, while extra trains were added to the schedules and extra cars to every train.

Q.    This picture of the last supper is cloth in velvet or velour. No name on it. I need your help. I think it is over 60 years old.

Flight of Fancy-Imaginary Names......by Fred Taylor
A quick reading of selected world history reveals a number of events or artifacts that are identified with a specific time, place or person. Many of these references are historically accurate, such as the Pax Romana (the so-called Roman Peace of the period 27 BC- 180 AD) or the Victorian period of 1837 - 1901. But other references are a little shaky on accurate details, like the Trojan Horse. Was there really a Trojan Horse? And was it related to the Trojan War?

Carte de Visite - Vistorian Photographsof the Past...by Robert Reed
Cartes de visite. They had a strange sounding name but they were adored and eagerly collected during the second half of the 19th century. They were not much larger than two by three inch calling cards yet they offered much more, a photograph. Basically the image was pasted on a piece of cardboard where it was small enough and durable enough to be passed around to friends and others.


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