Christina Ashworth

By This Author: OBJECT HISTORY: Aztalan Fishing WeirFishing weirs are time-saving technologies built in the water to trap fish. This fishing weir was created by the people who lived in the Early Mississippian settlement, Aztalan, sometime between the 10th and the 13th…

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Read more about the article Origins of the QWERTY Keyboard
Sholes-Glidden Typewriter, 1874. "The familiar “QWERTY” keyboard layout, virtually unchanged to this day, was featured on the very first Sholes & Glidden machines. There is no “shift” key because the machine only typed capital letters. Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Museum, ID 1964.31.

Origins of the QWERTY Keyboard

Was QWERTY designed to slow down the typist, or was it a deliberate design for telegraphers? The QWERTY keyboard appeared on the first Remington typewriters produced and sold in 1848.[ii] It is commonly thought that Sholes designed his typewriter keyboard to keep…

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After the great Chicago fire of 1871, corner of Dearborn and Monroe Streets.

Two Fires

This breastpin was used to identify a victim of the destructive Peshtigo fire of 1871.

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Read more about the article OBJECT HISTORY: Peshtigo Fire Breastpin
Miss Maggie Haney’s breastpin that was used to identify her body. Source: Morgan Zdroik

OBJECT HISTORY: Peshtigo Fire Breastpin

This breastpin was used to identify a victim of the destructive Peshtigo fire of 1871.

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Read more about the article OBJECT HISTORY: Nash Car
Nash Car

OBJECT HISTORY: Nash Car

By the beginning of the twentieth century, horses and wagons were quickly giving way to new horseless carriages, or automobiles—and the landscape of Wisconsin’s towns and roadways began to change as well. Wagon shops, once part of one of the largest industries in Wisconsin, began making automobile parts instead. By 1925, motor vehicle manufacture had…

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