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Curator Kathleen Franz and Mr. Peanut featured on Founding Fragments

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Last week, our very own Kathleen Franz was featured in an episode of the museum’s Founding Fragments video series. Check …

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Seeing artistry in Alfred Bloomingdale’s cartoon collection

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The four years I’ve worked in the National Numismatic Collection, I’ve admired a set of quirky cartoons that adorned the …

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A tour through storage brings an innovator to light

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Robert Cornelius struck a casual pose as he looked into the bright sunlight and took a picture of himself. In …

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Black Friday and the missing retail amenity

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“Black Friday”—the day after Thanksgiving when holiday shopping goes into high gear—promises to start even earlier this year on Thursday, …

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From “Rag” Doll to Community Riches

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A small, 11” cloth doll might seem like an incongruous object for discussing the issues of the American Great Depression. …

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One of the first American multi-national businesses?

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Many might assume that knockoffs and Americans’ access to cheaper goods occurred with the “made in Japan” imports beginning in …

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