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Bus Driver's Hat
This is a bus driver's hat, worn by Ernest Howard in La Crosse, WI. Howard drove for the La Crosse Transit Co. in the 1960s and 70s, retiring in 1978. Modern military-style hat with a hard, shiny visor...
This is a pair of candlesticks with Chinese hand-painted motifs, with green cabbage leaves and yellow, black and orange butterflies and pink roses (peonies?). A gold dragon, made of a separate piece of...
Child's Cowboy Hat
Child's red straw cowboy hat with plastic edge on the brim. It has three white grommets on each side and a black chin cord. There is an mage of a cowboy with a gun on the front. There's a patch of leather...
Silk and velvet crazy quilt. Red cotton backing. Top has a large central block surrounded by smaller crazy blocks. Includes 3 commemorative ribbons, including one for the Old Settler Association. Embroidered...
Decorative Belt Buckle
Buckles; Belts (Clothing);
This is a belt buckle made of silver colored metal, possibly nickel silver, with a brass clasp or hook soldered to the back. It is engraved with decorative flourishes, mottos, and the name "H. Heileman."...
This is a silver decorative urn with a village/domestic scene, possible portraying Holland (lots of windmills). A goat and child decorate the lid and it has a silver handle. This artifact is located in...
"Start Any Time Perpetual Pocket Diary" given to Kermit Brekke by Evelyn (future wife) on February 17. Black covers with "Diary" written in gold on front cover. "Recieved Feb 17 from E.S." written on top...
Easter Sunrise Service Bulletin
Religious services; War
Easter Sunrise Service Bulletin from Italy 1945. "Allied Protestant Sunrise Easter Service in front of the 17th General Hospital. Sunrise: 0558 hours- 1 April 1945" Back has a message from Kermit to Evelyn:...
Educational booklet about Venice, Italy
Guidebook to Venice. "Prepared under the auspices of Education, Eighth Army" Contains foldout map and information about famous landmaks in Venice.
Office equipment & supplies;
Paper embossing stamp. Cast iron, painted black, with gold and red star painted on each side. Stamp says: "The Northern Hotel Company, Incorporated 1903, La Crosse, Wis."
This is a fireman's helmet. It is black with a small plastic visor, leather chin strap, leather shield on the front crown, and white labels with writing: "truck," and "La-X-FD". Also, more difficult to...
Red fabric covered pumps with low heels and decorated with red marabou feathers that date from around the 1920s. They have suede leather soles.
Floral Chamber Pot
This is a white chamberpot with a handle and blue flowers and leaves painted on the lid and sides. There is a gold color border around edges and design on lid and side. The bottom reads: "Adamantine China"....
Floral Tea Cozy
This is a maroon and rust colored tea cozy with woven floral design. It is located in the master bedroom of the Hixon House.
Florence Nightingale Costume
This is a costume, and is meant to be a copy of Florence Nightingale’s dress. It is black taffeta with white under sleeve and a lace collar and velvet detail, which is fraying. It was made for a diamond...
One of three garrison caps. Has a rounded top with blue piping, made of olive drab wool.Leather-like band of material around bottom interior. Lined with light brown silk-like material.
Golden-silver Satin Pumps
These are a pair of golden-silver satin pumps with a small heel. The inside of the pumps and the insoles have more of an orange tint than the rest of the shoe. They are open-toe, and have a strap that...
Green velvet pump. Satin and rhinestone trim, needle heel.
This artifact is a leather top hat box. It is fitted for a top hat which is stored in it upside-down. It is lined with a mid-19th c. printed calico cotton and the lid has central cardboard tube to set...
This is a leather carrying case for Shriner's fez. It has a red leather interior with a supporting cone in the center to rest the hat on. It has black leather and it's round with a zippered lid and hinged...
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