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The Last Hours of Abraham Lincoln

  The material presented here is from a book published months after his death – The Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln. In part it chronicles the last hours of his life, notating the time, his pulse rate and general condition until he breathed his last.           Abraham Lincoln became […]

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“Waiter, is this an elephant in my soup?”

  “Waiter, is this an elephant in my soup?” “Oui madame.” What may sound like a Henny Youngman skit, could very well have been actual dialog between a restaurant patron and her waiter. But when the restaurant is in Paris and the language spoken is French, it sounds much more appetizing. Whether it’s speaking about […]

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“Postcard” from the past

This 1844 letter describing a pleasure trip up the New Jersey coast to New York City, and points north, aboard the Steamboat Independence, is laden with sights and sounds of a time departed. It invites us into a world of tall ships and the quiet villages surrounding what today is the most iconic city in […]

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Italian Honey Bees to Dental Floss

Thankfully, there is no cure for curiosity… The mildewed cardboard box, stuffed with old papers, turned into a rabbit hole leading to a surprising discovery: a families rich history of medical service that affected the well-being of millions of people. In the box was a scattering of one cent postcards, most were from 1883, all […]

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