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President Grover Cleveland, (1837-1908), was the first to have a tree illuminated by electricity in the White House, during America's Gilded Age era, c.1896. Cleveland served two terms as President - first as the 22nd President, from: c.1885 - c.1889, and as the 24th President from, c.1893 - c.1997. ~ {cwl} ~~ (Image: White House Historical Association - on flickr)

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Inside Vintage Beauty Salons from the 1950s and 1960s

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5th Avenue toward 53rd Street, New York City, 1905

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This week we continue recounting the 50 Years of Christmas Stamps beginning with this stamp issued in 1969. It features a 19th-century painting called “Winter Sunday in Norway, Maine.” The artist is unknown, but what an idyllic scene!

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The American Historical Association produced the G.I. Roundtable Series to help win World War II. Or so they were led to believe. In fact the U.S. Army sought the pamphlets as part of a larger effort to prepare for the transition to the postwar world, and represent a novel effort at social control.

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In 1911, Florence Elizabeth Higginbotham came to Nantucket as a domestic. In 1920, Mrs. Higginbotham bought her own Nantucket home where she lived for the rest of her life. In 1933, Mrs. Higginbotham purchased the African Meeting House, a structure that served as a church, school and meeting house for the African American community. After Mrs. Higginbotham died in 1972, her son, Wilhelm, honored her request to retain the meeting house property.

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Jan L. Munro (21st Century Folk Artist) Mixed Media on Rag Paper, “Halloween on Orange Street”, signed lower left. 21 in. x 15 in. Munro’s paintings are in many public and private collections including the Nantucket Historical Association, Cahoon Museum of American Art, John and Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation, Museum of American Folk Art, Smucker’s Inc., Tropicana Inc., Beach Boys, to name a few.

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American School (19th century), "Rebecca Carr," 1820. Paper silhouette, cut out and pasted on black cloth, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. Photographed in November 1940 at Monmouth County Historical Association, Freehold, New Jersey. The Frick Collection / Frick Art Reference Library Photoarchive. #silhouettes #fricklibrary #bonnets

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