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Toys from the Attic

   Toy truck, c.1947 Cast metal Woolworth’s toy delivery truck; Purchased at Woolworth’s five-and-dime store on King Street as a gift to Tom Waring. Whether educational tools, social stimulants or just mindless time killers, toys by their very nature remain an entertaining, albeit incredibly varied, lot and, unlike some other…

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Storeroom Stories: Chief Moses Henry Nathan

PAST EXHIBIT Moses Henry Nathan was born in Charleston to Henry Nathan and Esther Levy on November 7, 1821. A member of the Shearit Israel Synagogue, he became a prominent businessman, owning a coach and carriage business on the corner of Meeting and Wentworth Streets. It seems though, his real…

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Not Just Turkey

The Heyward-Washington kitchen is the setting for this image by Terry Richardson that captures Charleston’s bountiful coast.  The remains of many of the foods shown here were retrieved from the cellar of the Heyward kitchen. In 1851, the South Carolina Society for the Improvement of Domestic Poultry held its first…

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Storeroom Stories: Election Day

PAST EXHIBIT Although the Federal government had electoral guidelines in place by the early 1790s, there remained no decided upon single date on which the country held its national elections. Thus, most states held their elections randomly between the thirty days of November and the first four days of December….

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Blood Spillers

Scarificators with brass casings, 1825-1845. Multi-bladed tools with adjustable penetration depth, each blade springs forward simultaneously at the depression of the side-mounted release button. Feeling a touch queasy this Halloween? Probably the candy…or maybe too much fetid blood coursing around your insides. Whatever it is, just be glad you can…

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