South Philadelphia sisters battle back after Pearl Harbor

South Philadelphia sisters battle back after Pearl Harbor

The Military History collection of the State Museum of Pennsylvania is home to a memento that marks the launching of the USS Cassin and USS Shaw at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on October 28, 1935 . A small celluloid and metal button commemorates the day in the appropriate colors of navy blue and gold. The …

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Pennsylvania at War: Behind the scenes with the “Saga of the USS Pennsylvania”

Pennsylvania at War: Behind the scenes with the “Saga of the USS Pennsylvania”

This Sunday, a new display, Pennsylvania at War: The Saga of the USS Pennsylvania, will open at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Launched shortly before the U.S. entered World War I and later damaged during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the USS Pennsylvania served as the flagship of the U.S. Navy. Later, the historic ship …

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World War I medals honor soldier’s sacrifice

World War I medals honor soldier’s sacrifice

Memorial Day, as the day has come to be known, traces its origins to the American Civil War. People observed the day, initially known as Decoration Day, by decorating the graves of Union soldiers who had fallen in battle. The Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans, selected May 30 as the …

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World War I flag: How the Erie home front honored the front line

World War I flag: How the Erie home front honored the front line

During World War I, families who displayed a Blue Star Service Flag signaled to their neighbors that the house was home to a man serving on the front line. By the end of World War II, the unofficial patriotic symbol benefited from a standard design. Today, displaying such a flag lets others know that those …

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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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Hershey’s sweet shipping pail not shy on Kisses

Hershey’s sweet shipping pail not shy on Kisses

This paperboard Hershey’s Kisses shipping pail from around 1920 can hold approximately 25 pounds and was originally used to ship and distribute the candy. The label features an image of the factory that company founder Milton Hershey built in Derry Township, along with text stating, “The House of Hershey, Where Quality is Paramount”. A stamp …

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Midcentury Modern dinnerware dishes out durability and taste

Midcentury Modern dinnerware dishes out durability and taste

Popular throughout the 1950s and 1960s for its bright, fashionable colors, incredible durability and varied shapes, melamine dinnerware earned its place among other innovative products that swept America following World War II. This Color-Flyte set by Branchell, chosen by CAP Curator Jennifer Gleim as this week’s Pennsylvania Treasure, was purchased by the donor’s parents in the mid-1950s …

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Vicky Victory: A cultural icon on the front lines of recycling

Vicky Victory: A cultural icon on the front lines of recycling

Once the United States entered World War II, the government turned to the advertising industry for help encouraging civilians to support the American war effort. Soon, an army of cultural icons found their way onto flyers, posters and songs. Many of these Rosie the Riveter-inspired campaigns were aimed at women, a majority of whom would …

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