Carving out a seat at the Reinhart factory

Carving out a seat at the Reinhart factory

In 1872, furniture craftsmen employed by George Reinhart Steam Chair & Cabinet Factory created this green-painted, wooden chair. German immigrant Martin Reinhart founded the factory in Hazleton, Pa. in 1840. In addition to the factory, Reinhart also operated a retail furniture store at the same location. The operations were the first of its kind in …

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Would you pin your fortune to a “Gold Bug” candidate?

Would you pin your fortune to a “Gold Bug” candidate?

Fashioned in the shape of an insect, this gold-toned, pressed-metal pin is a campaign token from the presidential election of 1896. Complete with moveable wings, this political souvenir features black-and-white images of Republican presidential candidate William McKinley on the left and vice presidential candidate, Garret Hobart, on the right. During the 1896 election, heated debates …

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Mysterious illness flows from Prohibition-era medicine bottles

Mysterious illness flows from Prohibition-era medicine bottles

Sold as a popular patent medicine throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, Jamaica Ginger, commonly known as “jake,” was once touted as a safe remedy for a variety of common ailments including colds, menstrual cramps and digestive issues. Nominated as this week’s Pennsylvania Treasure by CAP Curator Jennifer Gleim, this Jamaica Ginger bottle came …

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Small-scale collection measures up in the classroom

Small-scale collection measures up in the classroom

This collection of miniature wooden furniture, the largest of which stands 4 ¾ inches tall by 8 ½ inches wide, was handcrafted and painted by workers employed under the Work Projects Administration’s Museum Extension Project. Each piece is stamped with the project’s logo and bears a tag identifying the name of the object. Established in …

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Curator inspired by whimsical work of art

Curator inspired by whimsical work of art

John Scholl constructed this wood and wire sculpture, titled “Fountain with Peacocks,” around the year 1900. Standing more than 6 feet tall, the work of art depicts two peacocks seated on the edge of a fountain. The fountain is perched on top of a delicate, colorful base adorned with wooden beads. The peacocks are joined …

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