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Who doesn't need a desk made out of an old piano?

On leave from the Air Corps, Colonel James Stewart plays a duet with his mother at the family home in Indiana. September, 1945

In 1881, Laura had her portrait taken with Carrie and Mary -- perhaps just before Mary went away to the School for the Blind. It was the first photograph they sat for. Ma and Pa saw it as a treasure and a remembrance, the three girls together. For us its a window into the golden years of long ago, already passing by.

This is an amazing interactive map and timeline of the battlefields of the Civil War - GREAT resource!

Tear Catcher - During the American Civil War, soldiers on both sides often left their wives an ornate bottle in which to store their tears. If the man survived battle, the stored moisture was an indicator of his wife’s devotion and love. If he didn’t make it back, the bottle would be set in a place of honor.

Harold Whittles hears for the first time ever after a doctor places an earpiece in his left ear.

A pink and black striped evening gown with a bustled back, Elsa Schiaparelli, Summer 1939.

Gestational Corset

Laura Ingalls Wilder recipe for dumplings. "Ma had cooked an especially good supper because they had company. There was stewed jack rabbit with white-flour dumplings and plenty of gravy. There was a steaming-hot, thick cornbread flavored with bacon fat. There was molasses to eat on the cornbread…" -Little House on the Prairie

This Civil War–era apron, made and worn by Martha L. Booton, daughter of Confederate captain K. Booton, is fashioned out of scrap material left over from a flag created for soldiers from Page County, Virginia. Constructed for a child aged eight to twelve years old, the cotton cloth apron features a blue bib with seven five-pointed applied white stars. The skirt is composed of alternating bars of red and white cotton. This composition mimics the First National Flag adopted by the Confederacy in 1

This is probably the only picture of Kate Warne, the first female detective. Not only was she the first detective, but she went on to save the life of president elect Abraham Lincoln after uncovering a plot to assassinate him on the way to Washington D.C. to take office. She was best known for being a master of disguise, able to switch from Union soldier, to Southern debutante, to a harmless grandmother.

Vivandière... probably during the American Civil War. She has a stand behind her that was sometimes used to pose deceased people but it was also used to just help people keep their pose until the picture could be taken... which could be a pretty long process back then.

Dress 1861 The Metropolitan Museum of Art