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Cool Things in the Collection, Kansas Museum of History



Get an insider's perspective on the most interesting objects in the collections of the Kansas Museum of History. Each biweekly episode features a different curator talking about a different object, always something featured on our web site. It's the bes



Published: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:00:00 CST

Last Build Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:00:00 CST

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Tragic EndingsTragic Endings

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:00:00 CST

During his lifetime, many considered George Armstrong Custer an inept braggart. This was proven by his complete failure at Little Big Horn, yet heroic images of him soon appeared in every American bar and saloon. Join us for a discussion of a classic image of Custer's last stand.Custer's Last Rally Lithograph


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/150_laststandlitho.mp3




Tip of the SwordTip of the Sword

Wed, 28 Dec 2011 10:00:00 CST

Five hundred years ago a rich Spaniard led an army onto the North American plains, searching for a mythical city of gold. According to legend, someone on Francisco Vazquez de Coronado's expedition dropped this sword in present-day Kansas.Alleged Coronado expedition sword


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/149_coronadosword.mp3




Mail CartsMail Carts

Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:00:00 CST

Instantaneous and digital is the preferred method of communication for modern legislative bodies. In the mid-20th century, though, the Kansas Legislature used a more utilitarian method: two wooden mail carts.Kansas legislative mail carts


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/148_mailcarts.mp3




Gloved HandsGloved Hands

Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:00:00 CST

The difference between a beautician and a mortician is less than you might think. This episode considers white gloves worn by an African American funeral home director whose mother's beautician beginnings grew into a family-run mortuary.African American funeral director's gloves


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/147_funeralgloves.mp3




Come Sail AwayCome Sail Away

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 10:00:00 CST

During World War I, soldiers stood knee-deep in mud on French battlefields while one Kansas serviceman patrolled the coast of California. Hear about the Navy uniform worn by Effingham native Joe Price.World War I Navy uniform


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/146_navyuniform.mp3




BarberismBarberism

Wed, 02 Nov 2011 10:00:00 CST

Barbering was big business a century ago. It required the right equipment. This segment considers a 1920s salesman sample of a barber chair that was a cut above the rest.Barber Chair Salesman Sample


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/145_barberchair.mp3




Hunter OrangeHunter Orange

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 10:00:00 CST

Modern hunting apparel is emblazoned with bright orange, but this mid-20th century vest isn't brightly colored. We wonder if it was open season on hunters 50 years ago.Hunting Vest


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/144_huntervest.mp3




BoboBobo

Wed, 05 Oct 2011 10:00:00 CST

Drive-ins were a cultural milestone in the 1950s. Once food was delivered directly to an automobile, American eating habits were never the same. This episode considers a pair of giant menu boards from Bobo's Drive-In, a Topeka favorite.A Topeka drive-in tradition


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/143_bobos.mp3




Disco DorothyDisco Dorothy

Wed, 021 Sep 2011 10:00:00 CST

For many, The Wizard of Oz is a timeless story about a girl from Kansas. For others, it's an old-fashioned tale that needs to be more inclusive. This episode considers album covers from The Wiz, a disco-era adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic.The Wiz Albums


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/142_wizalbums.mp3




PopsiclePopsicle

Wed, 07 Sep 2011 10:00:00 CST

Nothing says summer like ice cream. In the 1870s, the Scott Brothers of Topeka built an ice cream empire that lasted a century.Ice Cream Company Merchandise


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/141_popsicle.mp3




Blue JacketBlue Jacket

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 10:00:00 CST

The commander of Fort Hays wore this army dress jacket during the 1870s. His years of Kansas service were the culmination of a long and distinguished career. 1870s Military Dress Jacket


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/140_oakesjacket.mp3




Itsy Bitsy Teenie WeenieItsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:00:00 CST

Bikinis were the bombshell of 1960s fashion--iconic swimwear named for an atomic explosion in the Pacific Ocean. A Kansas woman wore this version while relaxing poolside. 1960s Bikini


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/139_bikini.mp3




TwistedTwisted

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 10:00:00 CST

Tornadoes have threatened residents of the Great Plains for centuries, but until the late 1800s most Americans had never seen one. That changed when a Kansas farmer captured the first known photograph of a tornado in 1884.First Tornado Photograph


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/138_firsttornado.mp3




Stone-FacedStone Faced

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:00:00 CST

The second floor of Kansas' capitol features a pantheon of our state's heroes in stone. In this segment we consider four small busts related to this massive installation.Busts for a Capitol Sculpture Competition


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/137_feltenbusts.mp3




Wrinkled PaintingWrinkled Painting

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:00:00 CST

Some folks take up gardening in retirement. Not so Elizabeth Layton, who spent her golden years painting as a way of dealing with depression. Hear how this little old lady from Wellsville, Kansas, rocked the art world.Painting by Elizabeth Grandma Layton


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/136_laytonart.mp3




Paisley ShawlPaisley Shawl

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 10:00:00 CST

Some clothes are well-suited for traveling. A young man smuggled his daughter from Virginia to Kansas using this shawl.Paisley shawl used by Kansas immigrants.


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/135_paisley_shawl.mp3




Nerd OutlawsNerd Outlaws

Wed, 1 Jun 2011 10:00:00 CST

Every family is a little dysfunctional. Some families are downright criminal. Join curators as they discuss fragments torn from members of the infamous Dalton gang after a foiled heist then go behind the scenes to examine Prohibition-era beer steins.Fragments from the notorious Dalton gang


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/134_pants.mp3




SackedSacked

Wed, 18 May 2011 10:00:00 CST

Belgium was in a bad place during World War I. German invaders ate its food, and an Allied blockade prevented more from arriving. Kansas farmers came to the rescue with homegrown flour shipped in these sacks.Embroidered flour sacks from World War I


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/133_floursacks.mp3




Magic SeedsMagic Seeds

Wed, 04 May 2011 10:00:00 CST

Every group has its origin story. In Kansas, the legend is that Russian immigrants brought seeds from the home country (in bottles like this) and created the Wheat State.Bottle of wheat seed from Russia


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/132_wheatseeds.mp3




Uncivil WarsUncivil Wars

Wed, 20 Apr 2011 10:00:00 CST

African American soldiers were rare during the Civil War, and black officers almost non-existent. Thirty years later, Major John Brown from Topeka led soldiers to Cuba during the Spanish-American War using this saber.African American officer's sword


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/131_spamsaber.mp3




CottonmouthCottonmouth

Wed, 06 Apr 2011 10:00:00 CST

Some farmers hoped Kansas could bloom with cotton, bringing the South to its knees during the Civil War. Cotton in Kansas? That's why we have a cotton gin in our collections.Kansas cotton gin


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/130_cottongin.mp3




Forbidden FruitForbidden Fruit

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:00:00 CST

Apples are the fruit of legend, from the Garden of Eden to the Trojan War. They've got a place in Kansas history, too. We consider bottles of apple cider pressed at the Louisburg Cider Mill in eastern Kansas.Bottles of Louisburg apple cider


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/129_applecider.mp3




Capitol BuildingCapitol Building

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 10:00:00 CST

Construction of the Kansas statehouse can be considered a miracle of manpower. In the 1880s a young Swedish immigrant was at the center of this massive building project. Learn how he used these tools to construct the people's house before building his own.Stonemason Tools


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/128_capitoltools.mp3




Winter of DiscontentWinter of Discontent

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 10:00:00 CST

Kansas history holds many harrowing storm stories, none more tragic than that of 10-year-old Dean Thomas. His untimely death eventually led to a donation of his childhood belongings, including these overalls.Child's Overalls


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/127_overalls.mp3




Abernathy FurnitureAbernathy Furniture

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 10:00:00 CST

The Abernathy brothers started small, at times relying on coffin sales, but quickly built a furniture empire on the Plains. This segment considers several pieces of furniture made by Abernathy Brothers of Leavenworth.Early Furniture Made in Kansas


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/126_abernathy.mp3




BewitchedBewitched

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:00:00 CST

The Wicked Witch of the West has been freaking out kids for over a century, since the appearance of L. Frank Baum's book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Join us for a discussion of this fictional villain, while we also consider a wicked modern drawing.Drawing of the Wicked Witch of the West


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/125_wickeddrawing.mp3




Bottle ArtBottle Whimsy

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:00:00 CST

An African American man in rural Kansas amazed family and friends with his ability to make these sculptures inside bottles, employing an art form known as bottle whimsy.Bottle art made by Kansas folk artist Frederick Douglas


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/124_bottleart.mp3




Admiral TelevisionAdmiral Home Entertainment System

Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:00:00 CST

Developed in Europe during the 1920s, television quickly spread around the world. Its first appearance in Delia, Kansas, was in 1949 when the Rosser family purchased this Admiral home entertainment system.Home entertainment system made by Admiral in 1949


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/123_tv.mp3




Santa BabyInfant Santa Claus Outfit

Wed, 15 Dec 2010 10:00:00 CST

Dressing like Santa Claus has been a tradition for fathers and department store workers for many years, but babies didn't take up the practice until the mid-20th century. Infant Santa Claus outfit worn by Kansas baby in 1963.


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/122_santa.mp3




What a DollAfrican American Doll

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 10:00:00 CST

A decade before the end of segregation, a kind woman and a little girl broke through racial barriers in Topeka. This handmade African American doll symbolizes a bond between whites and blacks in the Mudtown neighborhood during the 1940s.Doll given to white girl by black woman in the Topeka neighborhood known as Mudtown


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/121_afamdoll.mp3




Autograph HoundAutograph Dog

Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:00:00 CST

The fad in the 1960s was for friends to autograph stuffed animals. This stuffed dog is covered with the signatures of its owner's classmates, as well as the autograph of one very famous coach.1960s stuffed animal covered with autographs, including one by a famous Kansas coach


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/120_dog.mp3




Nice Hat, HarryPanama Hat

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 10:00:00 CST

Panama hats symbolized power in the first half of the 20th century. This expensive headgear was the mark of a well-traveled man. Today's episode considers a Panama hat worn by President Harry Truman.Panama hat worn by President Harry Truman


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/119_panamahat.mp3




Texting With the DeadOuija Board

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 10:00:00 CST

Imagine a world in which the living commune with the dead. Most people today find that a bizarre concept, but 100 years ago it was a fun pasttime for the Wichita family who used this Ouija board. Talking board used by Kansas family in early 1900s


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/118_ouija.mp3




Eat the RichAnti-Trust Cartoon

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 10:00:00 CST

J.P. Morgan was a powerful man who held vast wealth and controlled finance and transportation around the United States. Should one man be so powerful? Political cartoonist Albert Reid didn't think so, and expressed his distaste in this antitrust cartoon. J.P. Morgan controls the world in this anti-trust cartoon drawn by a Kansan


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/117_cartoon.mp3




BulletproofBullet-Proof Lectern

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 10:00:00 CST

Politics was a rough business in the 1930s. Kansas governor Alf Landon knew the stakes were high, so he traveled with this lead lectern during the 1936 presidential campaign. Art Deco lectern used by presidential candidate Alf Landon in 1936.


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/116_lectern.mp3




I ScreamK-State Ice Cream Box

Wed, 08 Sep 2010 10:00:00 CST

You scream, we all scream for ice cream! Hear how farm kids at Kansas State University brought this tasty frozen dessert to the masses when we consider this ice cream box from the K-State dairy.Cardboard container for dairy goodies from Kansas State University


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/115_icecream.mp3




Whole Lotta Shakin'Belt Exerciser

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:00:00 CST

Ladies, are you tired of spending hours at the gym instead of watching TV or napping? Then, the Walton Belt Vibrator is the machine for you! Today we consider a 1960s exerciser that will make you long for the good old days.Belt vibrator from the 1960s


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/114_exercizer.mp3




We Go Pogo!Pogo Comic Strip

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 10:00:00 CST

One of the most popular syndicated comic strips in the mid-20th century was Walt Kelly's Pogo. It offered a satirical take on society and politics. This original strip from 1954 introduced readers to a mythical Kansas bird, the Jayhawk.The Kansas Jayhawk appears in this comic strip by Walt Kelly


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/113_pogo.mp3




Count Me InCensus Taker's Satchel

Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:00:00 CST

This summer our nation is taking its 23rd census of the population. These days the forms arrive in the mail, but a century ago census takers went door to door. This satchel was used by one of them in Kansas.Satchel used by a Kansas census taker in 1900


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/112_census.mp3




A Bicycle Built for TwoTandem Bicycle

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 10:00:00 CST

At least three Kansas families have enjoyed this tandem bicycle. They all rode in the southern part of the state, where the land is flat but the wind is strong. Riding into a Kansas headwind makes any cyclist appreciate healthy lungs and sturdy legs.This bicycle-built-for-two was enjoyed by several Kansas families


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/111_tandem.mp3




The Most Famous Poster in the WorldUncle Sam Poster

Wed, 30 Jun 2010 10:00:00 CST

There are many symbols for the United States. Perhaps the strongest national personification is the character known around the world as Uncle Sam. This military recruiting poster has been widely reproduced and caricatured since World War I.This World War I poster claims that Uncle Sam Wants You


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/110_usposter.mp3




If I Had a HammerCarry Nation Hammer

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 10:00:00 CST

Carry Nation makes the top ten on every famous Kansans list for her trademark smashing of illegal saloons. An admirer sent the reformer this heavy hammer to use in her prohibition crusade.A famous temperance advocate used this fierce looking hammer to smash saloons


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/109_nationhammer.mp3




Over ThereService Star Flag

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 10:00:00 CST

In honor of Memorial Day, we consider a service flag that was proudly displayed by a Kansas family during World War I. Their son was serving his country over there.This small silk flag proclaims that a Kansas boy was fighting overseas in World War I


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/108_serviceflag.mp3




Take Me Out to the Ball GameNegro Leagues Baseball Program

Wed, 19 May 2010 10:00:00 CST

Baseball has long been known as America's pastime, but like many of our country's institutions, it has a history of racial segregation. Today we consider a program from a 1950s game between two Negro Leagues teams. Program for a baseball game played by the renowned Kansas City Monarchs


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/107_baseballprogram.mp3




Colonial RifleColonial Rifle

Wed, 05 May 2010 10:00:00 CST

Gun collectors covet this rare and beautiful 18th century Pennsylvania-made rifle. How did it end up in Kansas? We'd like to know the answer to that question, too.18th century colonial-era rifle made by William Antes


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/106_colonialrifle.mp3




Spoils of WarCivil War Quilt

Wed, 21 Apr 2010 10:00:00 CST

Thousands of buildings were looted of their contents during the Civil War. This quilt from a ransacked South Carolina home has only recently been reunited with its history.Intricate bedcover saved from a Civil War soldiers camp


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/105_civwarquilt.mp3




Mannequins for DummiesRescue Mannequin

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 10:00:00 CST

We have a dummy in the museum! Not your run-of-the-mill department store mannequin, this figure was a silent partner in training hospital staff and emergency workers during the 1960s.Mannequin used for civil defense rescue training


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/104_mannequin.mp3




Rock this TownMining Town Minerals

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 10:00:00 CST

Mining has been big business in southeastern Kansas almost since our state was founded. These mineral samples from the town of Treece speak to the area's mining heritage, as well as its less savory legacy.Mineral samples from the only superfund mega site in Kansas


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/103_minerals.mp3




A Portrait of the Artist as a Young WomanDress from Artist Childhood

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:00:00 CST

Most of us had a favorite piece of clothing from childhood. Hear about a dress from the turn of the last century, worn by a girl who would later become a prolific artist.Gown worn by Kansas artist Avis Chitwood during her childhood


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/102_chitwooddress.mp3




American WomanAmerican Woman and Her Political Peers Painting

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 10:00:00 CST

Securing the right to vote was a major milestone for women in America. As we approach Women's History Month, we consider a controversial painting in our collections that commented on the rights of 19th century women in politics and society. Its title is American Woman and Her Political Peers.Painting depicting the message of woman suffrage


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/101_amwoman.mp3




Pinball WizardPinball Machine

Wed, 10 Feb 2010 10:00:00 CST

Parents today complain about their kids playing video games, but many of these elders once wasted their time playing pinball. This episode considers a 1960s machine emblazoned with a rock band called The Bootles. Then, we wrap things up with a retrospective of our favorite podcasts to mark our 100th episode.Beat Time pinball machine depicting musical group called The Bootles


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/100_pinball.mp3




Left in the DustMotoring Coat and Goggles

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 10:00:00 CST

We think nothing of jumping in the car no matter what the weather, but a century ago open cars and dirt roads made it difficult to look good after a drive. This motoring coat protected early-day road warriors from the elements.Personal gear from the early years of automobile history


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/99_duster.mp3




Strawberry HillStrawberry Hill Paintings

Wed, 13 Jan 2010 10:00:00 CST

Some art has strong historical value. These paintings by Croatian American artist Marijana Grisnik depict memories of an old Kansas City neighborhood known as Strawberry Hill.Collection of paintings capturing the early years of a Kansas City neighborhood


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/98_strawberryhill.mp3




Sugar Sack DollSugar Sack Doll

Wed, 30 Dec 2009 10:00:00 CST

Lots of museums have dolls in their collections, but how many have a peasant doll holding a hoe and smoking a cigar? Get the scoop on this unusual figure, clad in a dress made from a sugar sack.Handmade doll from recycled sugar bag


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/97_sugarsackdoll.mp3




All I Want For ChristmasHello Santy Cartoon

Wed, 16 Dec 2009 10:00:00 CST

Our collections include many holiday-themed artifacts. This one is an early cartoon of Santa Claus, drawn by a Kansas artist. What did Santy look like around 1900? A bit different from today's version, as you might imagine. Drawing illustrating Santa Claus with a gramophone


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/96_reidcartoon.mp3




The Rungless LadderRungless Ladder

Wed, 02 Dec 2009 10:00:00 CST

It's hard to imagine a ladder without rungs, and yet that was the vision of one Kansas inventor. How does a rungless ladder even work? You'll have to listen to find out. Rungless ladder by Kansas inventor


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/95_runglessladder.mp3




A Hunting We Will GoHunting Banner

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:00:00 CST

Hunting is big business in rural Kansas, where hunters visit with guns, ammo, and fat wallets. This banner greeted sportsmen in the western Kansas town of Hays just before the opening of pheasant season.Banner welcoming hunters to Hays, Kansas


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/94_huntingbanner.mp3




Vet's UniformVeterinary Corps Jacket

Wed, 04 Nov 2009 10:00:00 CST

Even well into the 20th century, the U.S. Army relied heavily on horses and mules to move equipment. But, surprisingly, veterinarians are a fairly recent addition to our military.World War I uniform for Veterinary Reserve Corps


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/93_vetuniform.mp3




Say Cheese!Box Camera

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 10:00:00 CST

A century ago, photography was much more difficult than point-and-shoot. In this podcast we hear about the challenges faced by a pioneering woman photographer. Alice Gardiner Sennrich documented her town--Valley Falls, Kansas--through the lens of a massive camera.Camera used by small town photographer in early 20th century


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/92_camera.mp3




Is That a Knork in Your Pocket?Knork

Wed, 07 Oct 2009 10:00:00 CST

It's a knife, it's a fork, no, it's a Knork! Hear about the genius of one Kansas inventor who combined the best qualities of the knife and fork into a single clever utensil. The Knork is taking the food-service industry by storm.Combination spoon and fork by Kansas entrepreneur


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/91_knork.mp3




Shoot to KillJames Gang Rifle

Wed, 23 Sep 2009 10:00:00 CST

The notorious Jesse James gang terrorized much of the Midwest in the years following the Civil War. A Kansan used this rifle to bring down one of the James gang members in 1875. Rifle used in shootout with James Gang


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/90_jamesganggun.mp3




Desk SetTV Prop Desk

Wed, 09 Sep 2009 10:00:00 CST

The Mary Tyler Moore Show was one of the most successful programs in television history. The museum owns the desk used by the character Lou Grant, Mary's gruff but lovable boss. Hear how a prop from a show filmed in Hollywood about a Minneapolis TV station ended up in Topeka.Desk used by Ed Asner on set of The Mary Tyler Moore Show


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/89_asnerdesk.mp3




No Man's LandNurse Uniform

Fri, 26 Aug 2009 10:00:00 CST

The United States didn't immediately send soldiers to fight in World War I, but that didn't stop Americans from volunteering. In this episode we hear the story behind a nurse's uniform worn by Ethelyn Myers, whose career took her from small-town Kansas to the battlefields of Europe.Uniform worn by nurse during World War I


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/88_nursesuniform.mp3




You've Got a Friend in MeWalking Stick

Fri, 12 Aug 2009 10:00:00 CST

A deep friendship took root between two men in the wilds of Kansas Territory. Their bond spanned the differences of culture and race, and lasted a lifetime. This walking stick endures as a symbol of their regard for each other.Walking stick given to Methodist missionary by Shawnee tribal leader


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/87_walkingstick.mp3




Civil Rights March BannerCivil Rights March Banner

Fri, 29 Jul 2009 10:00:00 CST

The Dockum Drug Store sit-in was an important civil rights event in Wichita in 1958. Fifty years later, this banner was proudly displayed at a march recognizing that overlooked episode in Kansas history.Banner from march commemorating 50th anniversary of Wichita sit-in


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/86_civilrightsbanner.mp3




Blood on the ProgramMemento of Lincoln Assassination

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 10:00:00 CST

T. D. Bancroft saved a playbill fragment with President Abraham Lincoln's blood from from the night the president was assassinated at Ford's Theatre.Playbill fragment from night of Lincoln assassination


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/85_program.mp3




Embroidering HistoryHmong Storycloth

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 10:00:00 CST

Storytelling is a way of life for the Hmong people, an Asian ethnic group that suffered during the Vietnam War. Kansas has become home to a surprising number of Hmong. This story cloth depicts their journey from farming villages to refugee camps.Panel embroidered by Hmong immigrants


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/84_storycloth.mp3




Record of SkiesArtist Sketchbook

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 10:00:00 CST

Henry Worrall wasn't born in Kansas, nor was he a trained artist, but that didn't stop him from using art to promote his adopted state. Record of Skies is the title of his 1870s sketchbook filled with Kansas scenes.Record of Skies sketchbook by artist Henry Worrall


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/83_sketchbook.mp3




Flag WavingCivil War Guidons

Wed, 03 Jun 2009 10:00:00 CST

The Kansas Cavalry rode to the rescue with these silk guidons snapping in the wind. Hear the interesting story of two Civil War swallowtail flags, recently preserved through our Save the Flags project. Swallowtail flags used by Kansas cavalry during Civil War


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/82_cwswallowtails.mp3




Black UmbrellaLincoln Umbrella

Wed, 20 May 2009 10:00:00 CST

It may look like an ordinary umbrella, but this faded parasol had a brush with fame when it sheltered Abraham Lincoln during an historic post-inaugural tour.Umbrella that sheltered Abraham Lincoln during post-inaugural speech


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/81_lincolnumbrella.mp3




Long Hard JourneyGeta

Wed, 06 May 2009 10:00:00 CST

The massive American surrender in the Philippines during World War II led to a horrifying journey known as the Bataan Death March. These sandals are a reminder of one Kansas soldier's powerful experiences during the war. Japanese footwear used by captive soldier during World War II


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/80_geta.mp3




Harpers Ferry RevolverHarpers Ferry Revolver

Wed, 22 Apr 2009 10:00:00 CST

Religious fervor led an once-innocent young Kansan to help John Brown seize the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Albert Hazlett hoped to start a rebellion using this revolver. And in a way, he did--Harpers Ferry helped spark the Civil War. Gun used by Albert Hazlett at Harpers Ferry rebellion led by John Brown


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/79_revolver.mp3




Volcanic PotteryDryden Pottery

Wed, 08 Apr 2009 10:00:00 CST

Hear about a Kansan who mixed volcanic ash with local mud to produce some stunning ceramics in the 1950s. James Dryden cornered the market on Kansas kitsch until the highway bypassed his location and Dryden moved his operation out-of-state. Tourist pottery made with Kansas volcanic ash


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/78_drydenpottery.mp3




Ship Without a RudderKeelboat Oar

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 10:00:00 CST

To navigate the Kansas River in the 1820s, you needed the right equipment--a keelboat. This steering oar helped one fur trader's keelboat stay the course.Steering oar from early Kansas River keelboat


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/77_oar.mp3




Window to the WorldWorlds Fair Window

Thu, 11 Mar 2009 10:00:00 CST

In 1904, St. Louis was a city on the move, and Kansas went along for the ride. This stained glass window is from the Kansas Building at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, better known as the 1904 World's Fair.Stained glass window from Kansas building at 1904 world fair


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/76_1904window.mp3




The Red TelephoneCivil Defense Telephone

Thu, 26 Feb 2009 10:00:00 CST

A powerful icon of the Cold War, this telephone with a red receiver (Warning!) rode out the threat of nuclear disaster two floors below ground at Topeka's Shawnee County Courthouse.Red emergency telephone from the Cold War


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/75_cdtelephone.mp3




Dirty MoneyFailed Bank Note

Wed, 11 Feb 2009 10:00:00 CST

Money is hard to come by these days, but it was even more difficult to get in 1850s Kansas. This episode deals with failed bank notes not worth the paper they're printed on.Paper bills from failed territorial banks


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/74_money.mp3




Couch PotatoStowe sofa

Wed, 28 Jan 2009 10:00:00 CST

Harriet Beecher Stowe had to sit somewhere while getting ideas for her masterpiece, Uncle Tom's Cabin. This sofa was one of the lucky furnishings that supported the best-selling author. Perhaps this couch helped set the stage for the Civil War.Sofa sat on by author Harriet Beecher Stowe.


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/73_sofa.mp3




Dancing With the StarsLincoln Inaugural Ball Gown

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 10:00:00 CST

Margaret Usher dazzled other dancers at Abraham Lincoln's 1865 inaugural ball with this militaristic yet feminine ball gown.Gown worn to Lincoln inaugural ball


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/72_usherdress.mp3




The SlouchCivil War Hat

Wed, 31 Dec 2008 10:00:00 CST

A Union chaplain from Kansas picked up this slouch-style hat on a Civil War battleground in Arkansas. This little-known western battle involved Native Americans, African Americans, and whites.Slouch hat picked up on Arkansas battlefield during Civil War


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/71_civilwarhat.mp3




Christmas FlightAmelia Earhart Christmas Cards

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 10:00:00 CST

Between setting flight records and circumnavigating the globe, Kansas aviator Amelia Earhart found time to send out these Christmas cards.Christmas cards sent by aviator Amelia Earhart and husband George Putnam


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/70_xmascards.mp3




Golfing BuddiesDubs Dread Golf Ticket

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 10:00:00 CST

This ticket commemorates a monumental match at a Kansas City golf course between Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Byron Nelson, and Jug McSpaden.Ticket to 1968 match in Kansas City featuring four famed players


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/69_golfticket.mp3




Smoked TurkeyPipe Tomahawk

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 10:00:00 CST

Our Thanksgiving episode focuses on a uniquely North American tool. Pipe tomahawks symbolize the blending of two cultures--European and Native American.Pipe tomahawk symbolizing the blending of two cultures


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/68_tomahawk.mp3




Travel in the Time of CholeraOregon Trail Tombstone

Wed, 05 Nov 2008 10:00:00 CST

The biggest killer on the Oregon Trail was cholera. Hear how one Kentucky man was stricken in the morning and died that afternoon. He was buried in Kansas. Tombstone from cholera victim on the Oregon Trail


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/67_tombstone.mp3




A Very Merry NeewollahHalloween Party Invitation

Wed, 22 Oct 2008 10:00:00 CST

Neewollah is Halloween spelled backward. Hear how one Kansas community launched the Neewollah festival to keep kids off the streets on Halloween night. Handwritten invitation for 1909 Halloween party


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/66_halloweeninvite.mp3




Devil's RopeBarbed Wire

Wed, 08 Oct 2008 10:00:00 CST

Barbed wire has separated neighbor from neighbor, marked boundaries, and divided nations. But first it fenced in cattle in the West. Barbed wire styles invented by Kansans


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/65_barbedwire.mp3




AdventureBarong

Wed, 24 Sep 2008 10:00:00 CST

Martin and Osa Johnson indulged their passion for travel by filming the South Seas and Africa in the 1920s and 1930s.Adventurers and cinematographers Martin and Osa Johnson collected this barong in the South Seas


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/64_barong.mp3




CentronCentron Films Camera

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 10:00:00 CST

During the 1950s, this Kansas studio promoted our youth's mental hygiene by producing such films as "The Bully" and "What About Prejudice."Movie camera used by Centron Films to produce educational films


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/63_centron.mp3




Space Age StoveFrigidaire Stove

Wed, 27 Aug 2008 10:00:00 CST

This nearly indestructible Frigidaire Custom Imperial Flair stove from 1968 made efficient use of space in the kitchen. Only a remodeling project and difficulty in getting replacement parts brought an end to its use.Frigidaire Custom Imperial Flair stove from 1968


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/62_stove.mp3




Lincoln LogGallows Crossbeam

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:00:00 CST

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865. Just a few months later, four of the conspirators were hanged in Washington, D.C. So how did a piece of the gallows end up in Kansas? Section of gallows on which Lincoln assassination conspirators were hanged


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/61_gallows.mp3




MonopolyMonopoly Game

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 10:00:00 CST

The goal of the game Monopoly is to become a real estate tycoon. But it originally was designed to teach the evils of monopolies and the virtues of something called the Single Tax.Early Kansas Monopoly board


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/60_monopoly.mp3




Connie's CafeConnies Mexico Cafe

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 10:00:00 CST

Wichita's oldest family-run Mexican restaurant is Connie's Mexico Cafe. These objects were used by its founders, Concepcion (Connie) Lopez and her husband Rafael. Bean pot used by founder of Connies Mexico Cafe in Wichita


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/59_connies.mp3




Boyd's GirlsFlag Quilt

Wed, 02 Jul 2008 10:00:00 CST

This group of girl cadets, armed with broomsticks and rifle parts, produced a patriotic quilt while defending Topeka at the turn of the 20th century. Flag quilt made by female guard at the turn of the 20th century


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/58_boydquilt.mp3




FlaggedSecond Kansas Cavalry Flag

Wed, 18 Jun 2008 10:00:00 CST

Hear about two battle flags carried in the Civil War by Kansas boys fighting in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Yes, the Civil War was fought in states west of the Mississippi, too!Regimental flag carried in the Civil War by Kansas cavalry unit


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/57_flags.mp3




Modern Ledger ArtModern Ledger Art

Wed, 04 Jun 2008 10:00:00 CST

Looting of Native American artifacts has been a problem almost since Columbus first stepped off the boat in the New World. One Topeka artist argues for repatriation of these objects through her paintings.Modern ledger art with an historical twist


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/56_ledgerart.mp3




FirestickFlint Hills Firestick

Wed, 21 May 2008 10:00:00 CST

Kansas ranchers get to indulge their pyromaniacal tendencies every spring in the Flint Hills when they light the grasslands on fire. It's an accepted technique for managing the prairie.Flint Hills ranchers use this homemade tool to manage the prairie with fire


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/55_firestick.mp3




PlowedAngell Plow

Wed, 07 May 2008 10:00:00 CST

This revolutionary plow was invented by a farmer from Plains, Kansas. It worked well, maybe too well. Some people believe it was responsible for the Dust Bowl.Revolutionary plow invented by a farmer from Plains, Kansas


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/54_plow.mp3




Blue JacketFFA Jacket

Wed, 23 Apr 2008 10:00:00 CST

In the Future Farmers of America, blue corduroy is the fabric of success. This jacket was worn by Wes Jackson, who today is recognized as a visionary leader in agriculture.Future Farmers of America jacket worn by a visionary in agriculture


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/53_ffajacket.mp3




ClockedCafe Clock

Wed, 09 Apr 2008 10:00:00 CST

Submerged under seven feet of floodwater in a small Kansas City cafe, this clock quietly documented the rising tide of one of the most destructive events in the history of the central plains.Clock that survived the 1903 flood in Kansas City


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/52_clock.mp3




Snow GateSnow Gate

Wed, 26 Mar 2008 10:00:00 CST

How do you drive across Kansas on Interstate 70 during a blizzard? You don't. Hear about gates that close the interstate during severe winter weather.Gate used to close Interstate 70 during blizzards


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http://www.kshs.org/audiotours/coolthings/mp3/51_snowgate.mp3