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Crazy Quilt
By December 15, 2014 Read More →

Crazy Quilt

This crazy quilt has holiday- theme advertising silks incorporated in its random design. The quilt, dating from the 1880’s, is one 68 quilts and related items in the Monadnock Center’s textile collections. Advertising silks were giveaways retailers used as part of their packaging.  Silks could be found with cigars, cigarettes, soaps, and other consumer items. […]

The New York Piano-forte Key Company
By December 1, 2014 Read More →

The New York Piano-forte Key Company

Early manufacturing in Peterborough was focused on textiles but by the end of the 19th century, the town was producing a myriad of products ranging from thermometers to baskets to shoes. This was due in part to the increased demand for consumer goods but also to the efforts of the town fathers to bring more […]

We Have Time on our Hands
By November 20, 2014 Read More →

We Have Time on our Hands

What would a history museum be without grandfather clocks? These icons of early America were not known as grandfather clocks when they were made, that name was applied later when they came to symbolize “grandfather’s” day. When Simon Willard made this clock around 1800, he advertised it as a tall case clock.  Willard, one of […]

Tea Time
By June 16, 2014 Read More →

Tea Time

This blue and white porcelain tea set is part of the Monadnock Center’s large collection of porcelains and is on display in our museum’s Robbe Family Kitchen.  Dating from about 1800, the delicate set is tiny; the cups are only measure three inches high. It appears to be child size but its small size actually […]

Toy Soldiers
By May 13, 2014 Read More →

Toy Soldiers

Little boys (and big boys, too) have been playing with toy soldiers for centuries.  The earliest known toy soldiers date back to ancient China and Egypt.  Throughout the Middle Ages, the sons of noblemen had model soldiers as playthings.  In the late 18th century, several German manufacturers began making flat soldiers as wells as figures […]