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The Oklahoma Century Chest


ancestor: Someone in your family from a previous generation, like a grandparent.

assembly line: A process used in factories where each person is assigned a different step in building a product.

automobile: A vehicle with four wheels that travels under its own power; a car.

bachelor's degree: A degree received after completing an undergraduate study at a university or college.

bracers: Straps placed over the shoulder that hold up one's pants, attached by buttons.

concert: A live performance of music.

constitutional amendment: A law that alters or adds to the Constitution of the United States.

convenient: Something that is made easier or more comfortable to use.

correspondence: Communication by written word, often a letter.

entertainment: An activity or performance that people find enjoyable.

expensive: An object or service that costs too much money for most people to afford.

fashion: A common style of dress during a particular time or among a certain group.

film: A roll or strip of thin, flexible, transparent material that is sensitive to light and used in photography.

freight: Goods or cargo carried by train, truck, airplane, or ship.

future: What comes after the present.

generation: A group of individuals living at the same time.

glass plate: A piece of glass treated to be sensitive to light and used in photography. Inexpensive: An object or service that costs little money and is affordable by many. Invention: An original device or process.

knickers: Loose-fitting short pants gathered just below the knee.

luxury: An item or service that is expensive and/or not necessary.

mass production: The process of making one item for sale in large quantities; e.g. Henry Ford's factories that made thousands of black Model T's every week.

modern: Something that is from recent times, as opposed to the distant past.

necessity: Something that is required for living or performing a job.

newspaper: A printed publication containing news, feature articles, advertisements, and correspondence; usually printed daily or weekly.

operators: Those who runs a telephone switchboard, especially for a phone company.

parcel: A package containing goods that is sent through the mail.

phone book: A book that contains the phone numbers of homes and businesses in a set area, like a city.

photography: The art of composing pictures through the use of cameras.

ready-to-wear: Clothing that requires no tailoring to wear after its purchase.

record: A wax or vinyl tube or disc that holds recorded music and can be played on a phonograph or record player.

suffrage: The right to vote in political elections.

switchboard: An installation for the manual control of telephone connections.

time capsule: A container storing a selection of objects chosen as being typical of the present time, buried for discovery in the future

trolley: A passenger vehicle powered by electricity that runs on a set route over rail lines.