Drake Well printing plates: Here’s what early oil producers used for money

Drake Well printing plates: Here’s what early oil producers used for money

Charles Vernon Culver came to the burgeoning Pennsylvania oil fields in 1861 and started the Venango Bank in Franklin, Venango County. At the time, oil producers were in desperate need for banking services, locally, and in eastern cities. In December 1863, Culver and other investors started a bank in Philadelphia and another in New York …

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Napoleon Lajoie : How Major League Baseball made legal history

Napoleon Lajoie : How Major League Baseball made legal history

Several of the most important legal documents in the early history of Major League Baseball trace their origins to a protracted legal battle resulting from Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie jumping his contract with the National League’s Philadelphia Phillies to play for the upstart American League Philadelphia Athletics. This move gave the A’s instant credibility as a …

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The Charter: The story of Pennsylvania’s “birth certificate”

The Charter: The story of Pennsylvania’s “birth certificate”

This month, the Pennsylvania Charter will briefly leave its climate-controlled, high-security vault at the Pennsylvania State Archives for a limited stint at The State Museum. For one week, the public will have the chance to view Pennsylvania’s “birth certificate” and discover the story behind the granting of the Pennsylvania Colony to William Penn by King …

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Preventing polio: A grateful nation honors Dr. Jonas Salk

Preventing polio: A grateful nation honors Dr. Jonas Salk

For many children in the 1940s and 1950s, the polio disease was an ever-present fear. Prior to the 1950s, the main option for treatment was an iron lung, a machine that used negative air pressure to mimic natural breathing. The iron lung compensated for paralyzed respiratory muscles damaged by the poliovirus. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who …

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Historic upload: Digitizing World War I posters

Historic upload: Digitizing World War I posters

The Pennsylvania State Archives, in cooperation with the State Library of Pennsylvania, has digitized a collection of World War I posters from its Manuscript Group 200 – Poster Collection and made them available online. This assemblage consists of 258 posters, most of which include color or black-and-white illustrations. The posters were produced primarily on a national …

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