Willennar Genealogy Center’s collection is full of Throwback Thursday potential, so let’s get our #TBT on!
Working with the John Martin Smith Collection, we get a lot of glimpses into lives of ordinary people. As you’d expect, they leave behind lots of photographs, bills, letters, etc., but occasionally we run across something unexpected, something surprising that reminds us that no matter the decade (or century), people do weird, funny, and imaginative things. Here are a few of my favorites:
This magnificent display was created by the Butler Basket Company, a business located on the west side of Butler. Unfortunately, their factory burned down in 1908, due to unknown circumstances.
The China Grocery in Ashley, Indiana, apparently had this postcard made for their store. The teddy bear in the photo is made out of potatoes, a clever way to advertise their edible wares.
A game of tug-of-war isn’t that unusual, but did you notice that instead of a rope, these men are playing with a pair of pants? Unfortunately, this photograph came without identifying information, so we couldn’t tell you who these gentlemen are.
This Overland Wind Wagon, a vehicle entirely powered by an eight-foot plane propeller, could be equipped with either skates or wheels, and boasted speeds of 40+mph on ice.
-By Genealogy Intern Chelsea