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  • Object: Abacus

    Oct 04, 2018

    I-0477a Abacus Japanese Japan 20th century Materials: Wood, metal, paint Before the invention of the computer or calculator, merchants used counting boards or an abacus to keep track of inventory and their finances. The abacus replaced other primitive counting devices [...]

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  • Object: Typewriter

    Oct 04, 2018

    I-0443a Typewriter American New York, NY ca. 1893 Materials: Metal, plastic, wood Charles Thurber’s “Chirographer” typewriter, image from http://www.officemuseum.com via Wikimedia Commons. Today, with the emergence of new digital technology, older technology also known as low tech is slowly on [...]

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  • Object: Shredder

    Oct 04, 2018

    I-0393s Shredder/Grinder American 20th century Materials: Metal Grinders and shredders would have been a staple kitchen tool in many American households prior to the widespread use of electricity. These tools were used to make a variety of food products, and [...]

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  • Object: Iron

    Oct 04, 2018

    2013.16.1 Iron Hungary Materials: Metal, Wood This object is a charcoal iron from Hungary. A charcoal iron is an early version of a modern clothes iron that we use today. The reason it is called a charcoal iron is, because [...]

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  • Object: Icebox

    Oct 02, 2018

    I-0331a Icebox American 1850s-1930s Materials: Wood/Metal This object is a wood and metal icebox that was popular in homes before electricity was widely available.  It is currently being exhibited in the sharecropper’s cabin in the museum.  Iceboxes were developed and [...]

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  • Object: Lamp

    Oct 02, 2018

    I-0536m Bicycle Lamp The Badger Brass MFG Company American Kenosha, Wisconsin 1900 Materials: Glass, Metal This object is a bicycle or possibly a carriage lamp from 1900. It was manufactured by the Badger Brass MFG Company from Kenosha, Wisconsin. Known [...]

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  • Object: Eyeglasses

    Oct 01, 2018

    I-0267l Eyeglasses American Atlanta, Georgia ca. 1870 Materials: Glass & Metal Humans have five senses: hearing, sight, touch, taste, and smell. Although all are important for the human experience, many argue that sight is the most important. This object is a pair [...]

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  • Object: Telephone

    Oct 01, 2018

    I-0626b Telephone Bell Telephone System United States 1959 Materials: Metal/Plastic/Wire The way people communicate with each other, as well as the devices used to communicate have changed over the years.  This object is a telephone created by the Bell Telephone System in [...]

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  • Object: Radio

    Oct 01, 2018

    I-0392a Radio RCA; Atwater Kent American USA 1920’s Materials: Wood, metal, glass This object is an RCA radio with an Atwater Kent speaker that attaches to the radio. There are a couple of different people credited as pioneers of the [...]

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  • Object: Hearing Aid

    Oct 01, 2018

    2012.6.7 Hearing Aid American Date: 19th Century Material: Metal and Enamel Hearing aid technologies have a long history, going nearly as far as deaf culture and community itself. Hearing technologies over time have empowered the deaf culture in the fight [...]

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