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At the Eleventh Hour, Trickery and Vilification!

Unfortunately, negative political ads are nothing new! As we near election day and political polarization reaches its peak, here is a full page ad from the August 12, 1934, Sunday Lincoln Journal and Star that may sound familiar. In the … Continue reading

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More from the Corner Drugstore

We’re always pleased when readers can provide more information about the photos we post. In response to a recent post, “The Corner Drugstore, 1934,” we received this comment: Dr. Geo. Strassler says: October 24, 2012 at 10:04 am SW corner … Continue reading

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The Corner Drugstore, 1934

One of the joys of the extensive NSHS photo collection is the inevitability of stumbling upon interesting photos that have nothing to do with what you’re actually looking for. (This is one reason we have a blog.) Here’s a scene … Continue reading

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A Pan of Fudge

Six girls and their bemused-looking chaperone posed for this photograph in a pennant-bedecked room, possibly at York College, York, Nebraska, in about 1910. Many food historians trace the origins of fudge to the dormitories of Ivy League colleges in the … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons Why Women Don’t Want the Right to Vote

With the election less than a month away, now is a good time to look back at arguments made against woman suffrage in Nebraska. The following was published by the Nebraska Association Opposed to Women Suffrage, Omaha, and is featured … Continue reading

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The Ghost in the Camera

Ghosts? Spirits? Wisps of ectoplasm? In 1861 Boston photographer William H. Mumler discovered that he could produce a second, “ghostly” image on his photographic plates if he deliberately re-exposed them for a short time. He claimed he had photographed actual … Continue reading

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This Lincoln Hotel Has Seen It All

There’s nothing like a complicated and slightly shady past to make a place interesting! What is now an unassuming single-story building in the Haymarket Landmark District has been through lots of adventures and tragedies that you would never know by … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Vigilante Justice

Public opinion can be a dangerous thing. This is especially true in the case of mob lynching, something we associate with the “wild west” and the lack of a civilized judicial system. However, in an article in the Fall 2012 … Continue reading

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How to Impress a Tourist: The 1909 Glidden Auto Tour

In late July, 1909, Nebraska newspapers were abuzz with news of the Glidden Auto Tour. “Glidden Tourists Pass Through Omaha,” “Glidden Tourists Will Go at Top Speed Through Fremont,” “Thousands Welcome Glidden Tourists,” and “Glidden Tour Makes Kearney the Mecca … Continue reading

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Hit the Road with Nebraska History

We have fun selecting photos for Nebraska History, our quarterly magazine. The cover photo on the new Fall 2012 issue is one of our favorites. It shows Jean Bemb and John Machesky and companions in their Chalmers cars outside Kearney, … Continue reading

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