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 By Rachel Brazil    Features    August 2, 2021 

Archival Anecdotes: Summertime (of another era)

It is shocking to see people overdressed during the sweltering summer heat. But have you ever seen a group of young people go to the beach in full-length dresses? Of course not! But if you were...

 

Archival Anecdotes: A Brief History of Cocoa

The artifact featured this week is a metal cocoa tin dating back to the 1920s. Monarch cocoa was one of the many products produced and marketed by Reid, Murdoch & Co of Chicago, Ill., established...

 

Archival Anecdotes: The Joys of Furry Friends

Last fall I wrote about dogs and the role they played in the families of early settlers in Eddy County. After recently writing about friendships, I was reminded that canines (and felines) can offer...

 

Archival Anecdotes: What's the story with the cookie jar?

For as long as I can remember, I've heard songs and jokes about the cookie jar. Yet somehow, I have never lived in a home that had a cookie jar. I guess my cookies resided in plastic packages (as...

 
 By Rachel Brazil    Features    July 5, 2021

Archival Anecdotes: Friendships thrived among Eddy County's early settlers

It is all too easy to look back in history and create images of superhumans who were far stronger and wiser than people of today. We often talk of the hardships they endured; bitter cold, disease and...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Traveling through Time

This week's featured artifact is a photograph of Edgar and Joyce Mattson driving in the New Rockford Parade on July 4, 1957. Edgar and Joyce, the original owners of the 1903 Orient Buckboard, made...

 

Archival Anecdotes: More than word can say

As an archivist, one of my dream projects is to sit down with the hundreds of postcards in the Eddy County Museum's collections, and transcribe (or perhaps decipher) the messages written on the back. Alas, such a project would require both time and...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Fans of the Museum

Regular readers of Archival Anecdotes will likely have noticed that the Eddy County Museum has a healthy collection of fashion accessories. Folks from the late 19th and early 20th centuries were undou...

 
 By Rachel Brazil    Features    June 7, 2021

Archival Anecdotes: One way to say "I love you"

The art of hairwork is far more intricate than you might imagine. The Eddy County Museum holds two unique specimens of this craft. Both were created as a symbol of love and devotion from a wife to...

 
 By Rachel Brazil    Features    May 31, 2021

Archival Anecdotes: Better keep those feet dry!

The boots featured this week are the only set of army boots in the Eddy County Museum's collection, and are among a limited number of artifacts from World War I. With a little research, I learned...

 
 By Rachel Brazil    Features    May 24, 2021

Archival Anecdotes: Something for everyone

The time has come. The Eddy County Museum will soon be opening for the season. Every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the public will be welcomed to...

 
 By Rachel Brazil    Features    May 17, 2021

Archival Anecdotes: Putting a Face with a Name

Sometimes working through the archives at the Eddy County Museum is a bit like putting together a puzzle. Just as it is with puzzles, sometimes an answer seems to pop out. This week in particular,...

 
 By Rachel Brazil    Features    May 10, 2021

Archival Anecdotes: Signs of Spring

The arrival of the pasque flower (pulsatilla vulgari) is one of the most telling signs that spring has arrived on the prairie. But why stop there? Signs are all around us! Just look at the new growth...

 
 By Rachel Brazil    Features    May 3, 2021

Archival Anecdotes: Entertaining Pastimes

We humans need a break from time to time. The constant barrage of information and emotion can be difficult. In the 21st century, we often equate a leisurely break with a dose of Netflix. A century...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Whatever hat pins, hat pins

Hat pins were once a commonly used tool that was both beautiful in design and strategic in function. The pins usually measured eight inches in length or more, and fulfilled one purpose­- to secure a...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Fancy that!

Pictured at right is a light and sheer blouse with intricate lace work. It is one of several similar blouses housed at the Eddy County Museum. Known as the shirtwaist, or sometimes simply a "waist,"...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Packed Away

It never fails. Every time I step into one of the buildings at the Eddy County Museum, I notice something for the very first time. Not long ago, I stopped into the Dodd's schoolhouse, like I often...

 

Archival Anecdotes: April 5, 2021

If popular culture has taught us anything about the early days of the teenage dating scene, it is that girls were often using an excuse similar to, "I'm busy that night. I'll be washing my hair." To b...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Good Clean Fun

Some might argue that the most important invention in human history was soap. Indeed, soaps made for fewer infections and greatly improved personal hygiene. Soap also had great potential when it came...

 

A year into the pandemic, I'm still stressed

In one of my earliest memories I was sharing a page of my writing with my mother. It was nothing more than a piece of newsprint with a smattering of l's and o's, but she told me to keep it up. Little...

 

Archival Anecdotes: March 22, 2021

Sometimes I wonder what percentage of the American population has had the privilege of pressing down a typewriter key. For the past 30 years, the public has been accustomed primarily to computers and...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Smiles all around

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the lack of smiles in photographs from the earliest parts of the 20th century. It turns out the smiles that we expect in photos didn't come into fashion until the late...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Hear the 1920s roar

The 1920s are known as being a revolutionary time of growth and modernization, but to be honest I never really understand why. (This is when I note that I am trained as an anthropologist, not a...

 

Archival Anecdotes: Hats of a different color

The Eddy County Museum has an impressive collection of hats. In fact more than two dozen different hat styles are represented in the archives. For those of us who live in the 21st century, it can be...

 

Archival Anecdotes: "There is No Danger"

By now, it must be apparent to readers that the Eddy County Museum has a hearty collection of artifacts dating to the early 1900s. This era - fondly known as Eddy County's Early Years - marked a time...

 

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