Monthly Archives: April 30, 2016

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    The Largest Municipal Fraud in American History

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    Introduction  Rita Crundwell, in her private life, was the owner and operator of RC Quarter Horses. Her horses won 52 world championships and was named the leading owner by the American Quarter Horse Association for eight years in a row. Here home base was a massive estate in Dixon, Illinois but beyond that Crundwell had… Read more »

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    Thirty-one Years of Family Christmas Cards

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    This personal collection of ephemera showcases thirty-one Christmas cards sent by my family between the years 1983 and 2015, one design each year. The only years missing in the collection are 2007 and 2008. These cards did exist, but we no longer have copies of them. All the cards were largely created by my mother…. Read more »

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    College Football Helmet Decals

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    For my historical ephemera project, I decided to use a small collection of college football helmet decals that I have obtained while working with NC State football since 2013. It is sort of an unwritten tradition, but usually student managers (like myself) trade some of our old gear/helmet decals with other schools when we play…. Read more »

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    Family Formation Ephemera

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    This historical ephemera collection represents two of the most important times in my life.  We all place significance upon people, places, or moments that we value most in our lives, and if so inclined we may cling to little pieces of these moments.  I have kept a number of ephemeral items from these important moments. … Read more »

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    Handwritten Letters

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    Before the age of smart phones with text messaging and email available at our fingertips, people relied on letters to communicate across distances.  Even after the invention of the original telephone and the telegraph, most average people still wrote letters.  The “Information Age” that we now live in has revolutionized communication in an unprecedented way… Read more »

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    Katy’s Easter Baskets

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    For my historical ephemera project, I decided to pull out a box of Easter baskets from the attic. The box contains seven baskets, one for each year since my daughter, Katy, was born.  The baskets’ historic value is very personal.  My wife creates a special Easter basket each year for Katy.  The baskets are filled… Read more »

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    Civil War telegrams

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    In only its second decade of regular use in the United States, the telegraph became a critical tool in carrying out the military efforts.  President Abraham Lincoln was particularly adept at utilizing the telegraph on the Union side. This small collection of four telegrams are representative of the thousands of telegram messages sent by military officials… Read more »

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    What is historical ephemera

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    Historical ephemera include transitory materials from the past that were intended to have a one-time or temporary use. We can learn much from studying about the past using historical ephemera. Most of the ephemera that we have today were kept because they represent something significant to us. Personal ephemera, such as memorabilia, can provide an authentic… Read more »