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Bell from the USS Nashville
Bell from the USS Nashville, 1895, on loan from the Mariners’ Museum, Newport News The Nashville was the first navy ship constructed by Newport News Shipbuilding. It participated in the Spanish American War and in World War I served as a convoy escort off North Africa.
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“The Waltons” lunch box (Front)
“The Waltons” lunch box (Front), 1996.123.2.A Earl Hamner, Jr.’s semi-autobiographical novel Spencer’s Mountain, provided the basis for a television series that aired from 1972 to 1981.
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“The Waltons” lunch box (Back)
“The Waltons” lunch box (Back), 1996.123.2.A Earl Hamner, Jr.’s semi-autobiographical novel Spencer’s Mountain, provided the basis for a television series that aired from 1972 to 1981.
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"Turtle Shell" coal miner's hat
"Turtle Shell" coal miner's hat, 1991.24.2.A Shaped like a turtle shell, this hat is the first type of hard protective headgear made for miners; it became available in the 1920s. The metal bracket support on the brim held a metal oil-wick lamp.
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Delegate’s badge
Delegate’s badge to the Annual Convention of the Virginia Federation of Labor, held in Bristol, 1922, 2002.148.6
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Engine order and revolution transmitter from the USS Enterprise
Engine order and revolution transmitter from the USS Enterprise, on loan from the Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, and the United States Navy This transmitter communicated speed orders to the engine room. The Enterprise was launched in 1936 at Newport News Shipbuilding and during World War II participated in more major actions against Japan than did any other US ship.
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Kline Kar Company Stained-glass
Stained-glass sign that promoted the Richmond-based Kline Kar Company, 2007.118.2 Founded by Pennsylvanian bicycle maker James Allen Kline, the Kline Motor Car Corporation moved to Richmond in 1911 and produced automobiles in a factory on the Boulevard.
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Miniature cedar “Hope Chest.”
Miniature cedar “Hope Chest,” made by the Lane Company of Alta Vista, 1999.88.1 Designed to store home furnishings in anticipation of marriage, the Lane cedar chest became iconic for women across the nation as "the gift that starts the home."
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Miniature cedar “Hope Chest.”
Miniature cedar “Hope Chest,” made by the Lane Company of Alta Vista, 1999.88.1 Designed to store home furnishings in anticipation of marriage, the Lane cedar chest became iconic for women across the nation as "the gift that starts the home."
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Supersonic Transport Drop Model
Supersonic Transport Drop Model, on loan from the Langley Research Center This drop model was used at NASA’s Langley Research Center, where more than forty wind tunnels test aircraft designs.
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Madison Ridge wine
Madison Ridge wine, 2006.60.3 Virginia is home to more than 230 wineries that contribute $750 million to the economy. Virginia is now fifth in the nation in wine grape production.
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"Sunblock 15" ChapStick
"Sunblock 15" ChapStick, 2006.210.2 Manufactured by A. H. Robins Company. ChapStick, invented in the 1880s by Lynchburg doctor Charles Fleet, was bought by Robins.
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Credenza, "Reynolds Model Office
Credenza, "Reynolds Model Office,” 2001.522.10.FF This credenza was a part of the aluminum office furnishings showcased in the 1958 Executive Office of Reynolds Metals Company in Richmond.
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Chain-mail glove
Chain-mail glove, 19th-20th century, 2005.125.24 Small interlocking pieces of silver metal attached to a woven band with a buckle at the wrist provided essential protection to butchers breaking down whole hogs.
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Adm. Richard Evelyn Byrd parka
Reindeer fur parka made for Adm. Richard Evelyn Byrd, 1992.132 The hood is made of wolf fur.
Bell from the USS Nashville
Bell from the USS Nashville
“The Waltons” lunch box (Front)
“The Waltons” lunch box (Front)
“The Waltons” lunch box (Back)
“The Waltons” lunch box (Back)
"Turtle Shell" coal miner's hat
"Turtle Shell" coal miner's
Delegate’s badge
Delegate’s badge
Engine order and revolution transmitter from the USS Enterprise
Engine order and revolution transmitter fr
Kline Kar Company Stained-glass
Kline Kar Company Stained-glass
Miniature cedar “Hope Chest.”
Miniature cedar “Hope Chest.”
Miniature cedar “Hope Chest.”
Supersonic Transport Drop Model
Supersonic Transport Drop Model
Madison Ridge wine
Madison Ridge wine
"Sunblock 15" ChapStick
"Sunblock 15" ChapStick
Credenza, "Reynolds Model Office
Credenza, "Reynolds Model Office
Chain-mail glove
Chain-mail glove
Adm. Richard Evelyn Byrd parka
Adm. Richard Evelyn Byrd parka