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Major Lemuel Montgomery's Pistol

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User:
Montgomery, Major L. P.
Manufacturer:
Bellah, J.
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
brass (overall material)
iron (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 18 in x 5 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 45.72 cm x 13.335 cm x 4.445 cm
Object Name:
pistol
Place Made:
United States: Tennessee
Date made:
ca 1812
Description:
Physical Description
American-made pistol, .38 caliber.
Specific History
One of a pair of flintlock pistols Andrew Jackson presented to his friend Lemuel P. Montgomery when he was commissioned as a Major in the 39th U.S. Infantry. Montgomery was killed in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, March 27, 1814. Montgomery County, Alabama is named for the Major.
General History
Andrew Jackson had a long history with the Indians. During the War of 1812, he led militia forces in a war against Creek Indians. One faction of the Creek sided with the British and fought the United States along the western frontier. This group, known as Red Sticks because of their bright-red war clubs they carried, followed the teachings of the charismatic Shawnee, Tecumseh. The Red Sticks believed that Indians of many tribes needed to unite against the United States.
Andrew Jackson received a plea for help from a tribe of allied Creeks at Talladega. Jackson mobilized an army of 1,200 infantry and 800 cavalry and set out for the Creek fort at Talladega, arriving there in the early morning of November 9, 1813. Jackson surrounded the town with a brigade of militia under General Isaac Roberts on the left and a brigade of volunteers led by General William Hall on the right. The Creek attacked the line held by Roberts’ brigade, and the brigade retreated, allowing hundreds of Creek to escape. The gap was quickly filled by reserves and the position repaired. Within fifteen minutes the battle was over. At least 300 Creek perished on the battlefield while American losses amounted to fifteen killed and eighty-six wounded.
Subject:
Firearms
Related event:
Horseshoe Bend
Creek War
Expansion and Reform
ID Number:
AF.16090
Catalog number:
16090
Accession number:
13152
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Military
ThinkFinity
Exhibition:
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_676661

Wine Press

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Measurements:
overall: 48 in x 17 in; 121.92 cm x 43.18 cm
Object Name:
wine press
Description:
This wine press, manufactured by Philadelphia’s Baccellieri Brothers Company, is of the type widely used by home winemakers. It was purchased sometime after 1902, when Francesco Lee (Lia), arrived in the United States from the Catanzaro region of Italy. Operating the press was straightforward: after the crushed grapes and juice were emptied into the press, the winemaker placed wooden blocks on top of them to help compress the grapes as the screw was turned with a long wooden handle. As the mass of crushed grapes was pressed, juice ran out of the bottom and into another barrel. In addition to the wine press, the museum collected several blocks of various sizes and all stained with grape juice, used by the Lee family with this press.
Subject:
Wine
Immigration
Credit Line:
John Lee
ID Number:
1997.0154.04
Accession number:
1997.0154
Catalog number:
1997.0154.04
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Food
Exhibition:
Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1297111

Book, The Day They Marched

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Depicted:
King, Jr., Martin Luther
Wilkins, Roy
Fauntroy, Walter
Lewis, John
Randolph, A. Philip
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
multi-color (overall color)
Measurements:
average spatial: 11 in x 8 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 21.59 cm
Object Name:
pamphlet
magazine
Occurred:
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Date made:
1963
Description:
Published soon after the August, 1963 "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," this book captures the spirit and unity of the organizers and participants of what was the largest civil rights demonstration in our nation's history up to that time.
Subject:
Civil Rights Movement
Related event:
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
Credit Line:
Transfer from Smithsonian Libraries
ID Number:
1989.0603.09
Catalog number:
1989.0603.09
Accession number:
1989.0603
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Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Exhibition:
The Early Sixties: American Culture
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1061657

Button, "Now is the Time”

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Depicted:
King, Jr., Martin Luther
Referenced:
King, Jr., Martin Luther
Maker:
N. G. Slater Corp., New York City
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
white; purple (overall color)
Measurements:
overall: 3 1/2 in; x 8.89 cm
Object Name:
Button
Description:
Button supporting the supporting the creation of a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Subject:
Civil Rights Movement
Credit Line:
Timothy D. W. Connelly in memory of Gordon Montgomery Connelly
ID Number:
2003.0317.072
Catalog number:
2003.0317.072
Accession number:
2003.0317
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Political History: Political History, Reform Movements Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition:
Exhibition
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1277357
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I Dig Conservation // Sacramento Tree Foundation // Smud

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Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Object Name:
Button
ID Number:
2003.0014.0371
Catalog number:
2003.0014.0371
Accession number:
2003.0014
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Medicine and Science: Biological Sciences
Giving in America
Exhibition:
Giving in America
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1284370

Mechanical doll, “The Wonderful Creeping Baby”

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Physical Description:
metal (doll material)
muslin (doll material)
wax (doll material)
pine (box material)
Measurements:
automaton: 11 in; 27.94 cm
Object Name:
automaton
doll
Date made:
ca 1900
Description:
With the turn of a key, this doll appears to crawl along a flat surface. Inside the doll’s body is a spring-driven brass mechanical movement that actuates the arms and legs in imitation of crawling. But the doll actually rolls along on two concealed wheels.
Its date and place of manufacture are not known with certainty. The doll was based on two patents: No. 112,550 granted 14 March 1871 to Robert J. Clay of New York, N.Y.; and No. 118,435 granted 29 August 1871 to Clay’s associate George Pemberton Clarke. Clay’s firm, the Automatic Toy Company, was founded about 1870 and purchased by Edward Ives in 1874. With his brother-in-law Cornelius Blakeslee, Ives established a business for making clockwork toys in Bridgeport, Conn., that operated from 1872 to 1932.
The patent model for Clarke’s invention is also in the Smithsonian collections (cat. 1984.0923.01).
This mechanical toy is part of a fascinating continuum of figures built to imitate human life. This long Western tradition stretches from ancient Greece through the mechanical automatons of the Enlightenment, through wind-up toys to contemporary robots and other machines with artificial intelligence.
ID Number:
2011.0204.01a
Accession number:
2011.0204
Catalog number:
2011.0204.01a
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Work and Industry: Mechanisms
Science & Mathematics
Robots and Automatons
Sports & Leisure
Exhibition:
American Stories
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1421891
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Engine Room From Coast Guard Buoy Tender Oak

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Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
Object Name:
engine, Oak
engine room, US Coast Guard Buoy Tender "Oak"
Date made:
1921
Description:
This engine room is from the U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender Oak. The Oak was built for the U.S. Light House Bureau in 1921 by Consolidated Shipbuilding Corporation of Bronx, New York, and measured 160 feet long and 875 tons displacement. It was transferred to the U. S. Coast Guard in 1939, when that agency succeeded the Light House Bureau.
Buoy tenders are known as the “Black Fleet” within the Coast Guard. Their hulls are painted black to hide the unavoidable scrapes and bumps from hauling buoys and channel markers. The spacious deck in the forward part of the ship was designed to carry buoys, concrete sinkers or anchors for buoys, mooring chain to attach the buoy to the concrete sinker, and other heavy material. The deck also provides work space for repair and maintenance of buoys.
The engine that powered the Oak is a 750-horsepower, triple expansion, three-cylinder steam engine, capable of moving the vessel at a maximum speed of nine knots with a cruising range of 1,300 nautical miles. It drove a single propeller approximately 8 feet 6 inches in diameter. The engine is 18 feet in length, 6 feet wide, and 16 feet high, and weighs approximately 25 tons. It is representative of engines used in small, coastal vessels from approximately 1890 to 1930.
For more than 40 years, in all kinds of weather, the Oak, its four officers and 23-man crew were responsible for setting, inspecting, repairing, and replacing hundreds of buoys, like the one in On The Water, that marked channels and shoals in and around New York Harbor, one of the world’s most important ports. In 1963, the Oak was transferred from the U. S. Coast Guard to the Smithsonian. The engine and radio room were removed from the Oak in 1971 and installed in the Museum in 1974.
Subject:
Fishing
Related event:
The Emergence of Modern America
Related Publication:
On the Water online exhibition
Related Web Publication:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater
Credit Line:
U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Transportation
ID Number:
1979.0518.01
Accession number:
1979.0518
Catalog number:
1979.0518.01
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Measuring & Mapping
Communications
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Transportation
Exhibition:
America on the Move
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_842767

Pearlware Teapot

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Physical Description:
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 13.5 cm x 24 cm x 14 cm; 5 5/16 in x 9 7/16 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
teapot and cover
Place made:
United Kingdom: England
Date made:
1825-1840
Description:
This pearlware teapot with a blue, hand-painted underglaze from about 1825-1840 was designed with a concave sloping neck, a spout, and a loop handle. The surface is decorated with a series of circular arcs around the shoulder and spear-shaped leaves have been placed at each joint. Spear-shaped leaves also decorate the handle and spout. A quartrefoil-shaped flower flanked by three leaves adorns both sides of the body. The cover has a similar design and a globular knob. After the American Revolution, drinking tea became a politicized activity, as some saw it as unpatriotic. Nevertheless, a home tea service remained a symbol of gentility and class, with upper classes using pure silver sets, and the middle and lower classes using silver luster or ceramic sets to have their afternoon tea and entertain guests.
Credit Line:
Gift of Clare Boyd Shenehon
ID Number:
1980.0614.105ab
Catalog number:
1980.0614.105ab
Accession number:
1980.0614
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Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
Exhibition:
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1453071

Vote Bumper Sticker

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User:
Service Employees International Union
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
tan, brown (overall color)
Measurements:
overall: 2 3/4 in x 15 in; 6.985 cm x 38.1 cm
Object Name:
Bumper Sticker
Subject:
Voting
Credit Line:
Service Employees Union
ID Number:
1985.0176.06
Accession number:
1985.0176
Catalog number:
1985.0176.06
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Political History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition:
Exhibition
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_533432

Gerber Variable Scale

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Measurements:
overall: 12 in x 1 1/2 in x 3/4 in; 30.48 cm x 3.81 cm x 1.905 cm
Object Name:
variable scale
Associated place:
United States: Connecticut, South Windsor
Date made:
ca 1946
Description:
H. Joseph Gerber founded the Gerber Scientific Company in Hartford, Connecticut in 1948 to help produce his scientific instruments, especially the Gerber Variable Scale. In later years the company produced a wide array of equipment including computer controlled fabric cutter and precision lens grinding equipment. The Gerber Variable Scale was a mechanical computational device that consisted of two springs that expanded and contracted together to give proportional scales. These scales were used to multiply curves by constants and perform computations on graphs and curves to help reduce oscillograph and telemetry data. This is an early model variable scale made in the late 1940's, given to Eddie Gipstein—Gerber's first employee—as a going away present when he took a new job. The mathematics collection in the Division of Medicine and Science contains many more examples of scale rules, and the Archives Center has a large Gerber collection.
Location:
Currently not on view
Credit Line:
H. Joseph Gerber
ID Number:
1994.3104.01
Nonaccession number:
1994.3104
Catalog number:
1994.3104.01
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Industry & Manufacturing
Science & Mathematics
American Enterprise
Exhibition:
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_879285
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Microphone

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Maker:
Motorola
Physical Description:
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 1 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 25 1/2 in; 3.81 cm x 6.35 cm x 64.77 cm
Object Name:
microphone
Date made:
ca 2007
Description:
Machinery noise on the fish deck can be deafening, and voices can get lost, no matter how loud. To make sure a message gets communicated and received, the deckhands carry radio microphones. While the radio itself is carried in a fanny pack, the microphone is clipped to the deck hand’s clothing so he can speak directly into it.
This microphone was worn clipped to the life vest of a deckhand working aboard the catcher-processor Alaska Ocean in the summer of 2007. He used it for communicating with the wheelhouse and other deckhands.
The Alaska Ocean is a 376-foot-long vessel in the Seattle-based catcher-processor fleet. Workers catch, process, package, and freeze groundfish—mostly pollock and Pacific whiting—in the Bering Sea and in the waters off the coast of the Pacific Northwest.
Subject:
Fishing
National Guard
Fishing
Related event:
Contemporary United States
Related Publication:
On the Water online exhibition
Related Web Publication:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater
Credit Line:
Alaska Ocean through Jeff Hendricks
ID Number:
2007.0178.05
Catalog number:
2007.0178.05
Accession number:
2007.0178
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Communications
Exhibition:
On the Water
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1330185

Vote Bumper Sticker

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Referenced:
League of Women Voters
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
black, red, white (overall color)
Measurements:
overall: 3 1/4 in x 12 in; 8.255 cm x 30.48 cm
Object Name:
Bumper Sticker
Subject:
Voting
Credit Line:
Owen
ID Number:
1977.0851.03
Catalog number:
1977.0851.03
Accession number:
1977.0851
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Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition:
Exhibition
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1074322

Campaign Pin, McCain

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Depicted (sitter):
McCain, John
Physical Description:
red; white; blue (overall; overall color)
cardboard (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3 in x 2 1/4 in x 1/4 in; 7.62 cm x 5.715 cm x .635 cm
Object Name:
pin
Place made:
United States
Date made:
2008
Used date:
2008
Subject:
Politics
Related event:
Presidential Campaign of 2008
ID Number:
2010.0037.01
Catalog number:
2010.0037.01
Accession number:
2010.0037
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Political History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition:
Exhibition
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1378349

Coffee Cup Lid, Double Team Slide-Lock

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Physical Description:
plastic (overall material)
white (overall color)
Measurements:
overall: 7/8 in x 3 5/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 9.2075 cm
Object Name:
lid
Description:
This is a Double Team Slide-Lock coffee cup lid. Slide and lock and rotate and lock types provide an opportunity to “reseal” the lid by provided a sliding or rotating piece of added plastic to block a drink hole.
Architects and collectors Louise Harpman and Scott Specht donated 56 plastic cup lids to the National Museum of American History in 2012. Their donation is a sample from their much larger collection of “independently patented drink-through plastic cup lids,” which they began in 1984 and discussed in a 2005 essay, “Inventory / Peel, Pucker, Pinch, Puncture,” in Cabinet Magazine: http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/19/harpman.php. The collectors’ categorization scheme reflects the primary way the lid design functions, which helps differentiate between the varieties and styles of lids.
Plastic, disposable coffee cup lids and other single-use food packages reinforce the social acceptability of eating and drinking on the go in the United States and reflect increasing expectation for convenience products. Cup lids are also examples of how humble, and even disposable, objects are sometimes the result of meticulous engineering. Patents for lid innovations describe peel-back tabs and the pucker-type shapes that make room for mouths and noses, and describe the nuances of “heat retention,” “mouth comfort,” “splash reduction,” “friction fit,” and “one-handed activation.”
Credit Line:
Gift of Louise Harpman and Scott Specht
ID Number:
2012.3047.50
Catalog number:
2012.3047.50
Accession number:
2012.3047
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Food
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Exhibition:
Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1419928

Cocktail Shaker

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Maker:
Bernard Rice's Sons, Inc.
Physical Description:
nickel silver, electroplated (overall material)
cork (cover and spout stoppers material)
Measurements:
pitcher: 18.7 cm x 11.7 cm; 7 3/8 in x 4 5/8 in
overall: 4 5/8 in x 9 3/8 in x 7 5/8 in; 11.7475 cm x 23.8125 cm x 19.3675 cm
Object Name:
shaker, cocktail
Place made:
United States: New York, New York
Place used:
United States: Maryland, Mount Victoria
Date made:
ca 1920-1940
1924 - 1925
Patent date:
1924-05-13
Used date:
1920 - 1950
Description:
This silver cocktail shaker was patented in 1924. Shaped like a vase and covered in a hammered surface effect, this shaker was a part of a set of eight accompanying cups that were used during the Prohibition era. Ratified on January 16, 1919, the Eighteenth Amendment made the manufacture, transport, and sale of alcohol illegal in the United States. This restriction on the alcohol industry ushered in Prohibition, an era that impacted the social, political, and economic landscapes of America.
Subject:
Beverages
Cocktails
Drinking
Food Culture
Prohibition
Related Publication:
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America
Credit Line:
Gift of Martha M. Patrick
ID Number:
1980.0954.01
Accession number:
1980.0954
Catalog number:
1980.0954.01
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
Family & Social Life
Exhibition:
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_316004

Cocktail Cup

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Maker:
Bernard Rice's Sons, Inc.
Physical Description:
nickel silver, electroplated (overall material)
Measurements:
cup, stemmed: 12.5 cm x 8.1 cm; 4 15/16 in x 3 3/16 in
overall: 5 in x 3 1/8 in; 12.7 cm x 7.9375 cm
Object Name:
cup, cocktail
Place made:
United States: New York, New York
Place used:
United States: Maryland, Mount Victoria
Date made:
1924 - 1925
Used date:
1920 - 1950
Description:
This set of eight stemmed cups accompanied the cocktail shaker also seen in the exhibit. They feature the same hammered effect and are made of silver. The cups are noticeably worn, perhaps from extensive use during Prohibition, a time when alcohol was outlawed in the name of social reform. Although making, selling, and transporting alcohol were illegal consuming it was not, and people devised many ways to continue this pastime.
Subject:
Beverages
Cocktails
Drinking
Food Culture
Prohibition
Related Publication:
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America
Credit Line:
Gift of Martha M. Patrick
ID Number:
1980.0954.03
Accession number:
1980.0954
Catalog number:
1980.0954.03
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
Family & Social Life
Exhibition:
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_315997

New York Stock Exchange Post #13, 1930

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Object Name:
post
Description:
This is a trading post booth number 13 from the New York Stock Exchange built in 1930. Trading was conducted in front of posts connected to the stock ticker by pneumatic tubes. Floor brokers buy and sell shares, attempting to get their customers the best price. Each stock is represented by a specialist who facilitates deals between brokers attempting to buy and those attempting to sell. The trading posts are where the specialists are located, where they serve as auctioneers for the sale, while clerks wait at the trading post until deals are completed and trades are reported.
ID Number:
1981.0188.01
Accession number:
1981.0188
Catalog number:
1981.0188.01
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Industry & Manufacturing
American Enterprise
Exhibition:
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1339599

Campaign Pamphlet, 1958

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Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/16 in x 4 1/16 in; 23.01875 cm x 10.31875 cm
Object Name:
Pamphlet
Date made:
1958
Description:
By the early 1950s political parties acquainted candidates with the importance of their television appearances and how to conduct themselves on the new medium. This 1958 pamphlet was endorsed by the chairmen of both the RNC and the DNC for their candidates’ use.
Subject:
Political Campaigns
Television broadcasts
Credit Line:
Robert C. Diefenbach
ID Number:
1977.0327.01
Catalog number:
1977.0327.01
Accession number:
1977.0327
See more items in:
Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition:
Exhibition
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1074296

1 Cent, Hawaii, 1847

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Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: .2 cm x 2.75 cm; 3/32 in x 1 3/32 in
Object Name:
Coin
Place made:
United States: Hawaii
Date made:
1847
Description (Brief):
One (1) cent coin
Hawaii, 1847
Obverse Image: Portrait of Kamehameha III, King of the Hawaiian Islands.
Obverse Text: KAMAHAMEHA III / KA MOI / 1847
Reverse Image: Wreath.
Reverse Text: AUPUNI HAWAII / HAPA / HANERI
Description:
This one cent copper Keneta or “One Cent” featuring the profile of King Kamehameha III of the Hawaiian Islands (1813 – 1854) was first of only five coins issued for general circulation in the Kingdom of Hawaii. In the early nineteenth century, merchants relied on foreign coinage, but had frequent problems with currency shortages. In 1847, Kamehameha III commissioned 100,000 copper one cent coins. The country did not have the resources to mint the coinage themselves, so it was minted privately in the United States. Designed and engraved by Edward Hulseman, the obverse of the coin depicts an image of Kamehameha III with the words “Ka Moi” or “the King” while the reverse features a laurel wreath with the words “Aupuni Hawaii” or “Kingdom of Hawaii” along the edge and the words “Hapa Haneri” or “one penny” in the center. The coins were unpopular due to the poor casting of Kamehameha’s features and the misspelling of “Hapa Hanele.” While the coins were a disappointment to the Hawaiians, these coins remained a legal tender until 1884 and circulated even later. They were finally replaced by United States currency in 1900, two years after Hawaii became a U.S. territory.
Credit Line:
Chase Manhattan
ID Number:
1979.1263.01867
Catalog number:
79.112.CM01087
Accession number:
1979.1263
Collector/donor number:
CM01087
See more items in:
Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition:
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1251305
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Clothing Button, Washington

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Associated person:
Washington, George
Physical Description:
metal, brass (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 1 1/4 in; 3.175 cm
Object Name:
Button
Subject:
Inauguration
ID Number:
1980.0771.03
Accession number:
1980.0771
Catalog number:
1980.0771.03
See more items in:
Political History: Political History, Presidential History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition:
Exhibition
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_528516

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