Who crafted Eastern State Penitentiary’s Noah’s Ark?

Who crafted Eastern State Penitentiary’s Noah’s Ark?

The journey of this hand-crafted Noah’s Ark toy began in the solitary confinement wing of Eastern State Penitentiary and ended under little Sadie Green’s Christmas Tree. By the end of the 19th century, Noah’s Arks were one of the most popular toys in America. A jump in immigration to the United States brought with it …

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Happy Holidays! Did you know that your Christmas tree has Victorian-era roots?

Happy Holidays! Did you know that your Christmas tree has Victorian-era roots?

  Many of the American Christmas traditions that we enjoy today originated in Germany and were popularized in England in the 1840s by Queen Victoria and her German-born husband, Prince Albert. An engraving of the royal family celebrating Christmas around a brightly decorated tree was published worldwide in 1848, and soon Americans eager to emulate British …

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