Archive for January, 2009

Dr. Land We Miss You

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

by Jeff Briley, Assistant Director, Oklahoma Museum of History

“Polaroid” is a name of near universal recognition. Cameras, film, and sunglasses are the objects we know best and were certainly the base of Polaroid Corporation’s existence. For myself, the name instantly conjures distinct yet deceptively inseparable topics: Polaroid Corporation and Dr. Edwin Land, corporate founder and mentor of Polaroid. (more…)

Pioneer Woman Determination

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

by Beverly Mosman, Assistant Photo Archivist

Being a pioneer woman in early day Oklahoma meant having to do whatever needed to be done, even in the fields. This photographic image from the Fred S. Barde Collection is of Mrs. C.M. Ruff of Wellston. (more…)

Civil War Quilt, made by Stephen A. Lewis, 1864

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

by Sherry Massey, Senior Registrar

Quilt Made by Stephen A. LewisDenzel D. Garrison, former Oklahoma State Senator and OHS Board President, has graciously donated the quilt made by his great grandfather, Stephen A. Lewis. (more…)

Coin-Operated Perfume Dispenser

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

by Susan Berberet, Assistant Curator of Collectionsperfume-dispense1r.gif

A couple of weeks ago, I was working down a row of objects and came across a 1950s retro-pink enameled perfume dispenser. The choices of fragrant scents were classics, Chanel No. 5 and My Sin. For 10 cents you could be sprayed with the perfect perfume, just in case you forgot…but that made me start thinking, we have vending machines for everything! Hot coffee, soda pops, candy, sandwiches, DVDs, the list goes on; and it made me wonder, where did this all begin? (more…)