Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Object of the Week: Bicycles in Medford, OR

Columbia Model 45
Pope Manufacturing Company

The "Golden Age" of bicycling in the 1890s saw a sudden and unprecedented rise in bicycling across the United States. Urban streets and country lanes alike were filled with men and women riding these new contraptions for leisure, health, and transportation. This Columbia Model 45 safety bicycle was owned by Medford photographer R. V. Beall Jr. Manufactured by the Pope Manufacturing Company in Hartford, CT in 1898, this bicycle was designed for a man, show by its high crossbar, while a ladies bicycle would feature a dropped frame to allow her to wear long skirts while riding.

Columbia Model 41, Women's Bicycle
Safety Bicycle, 1898
Metal, wood, leather, rubber

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Object of the Week: The Peace Flask

This Batty Peace Flask was one of the most popular of the bag-shaped, rifle-size powder flasks of the mid-1800s. It's referred to as a "Peace Flask" because the embossed image, while worn here, features a pair of clasped hands surrounded by stars. The Peace Flask design was first manufactured in 1844 and reproduced in 1847 and 1857, and many American troops carried them in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. This particular flask was found in a cabin on the James Martin and Ed Tucker farm, near Brownsboro in the Lake Creek area, and a U.S. soldier may have used it in the Rogue River area.

Powder flask
Donated by Dr. Bert R. Elliot

Friday, September 16, 2011

Lake Creek Community Forum

Don't forget - the next public forum (and potluck!) for History: Made by You will take place on Tuesday, September 20 at 5:30 at the Lake Creek Historical Society! Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you're not from Lake Creek - come share your opinions about community changes and issues!

More information on History: Made by You is available on our website.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Object of the Week - Diamond Dye Cabinet

Exterior, SOHS cabinet

Interior, SOHS cabinet

This dye cabinet boasts that "It's easy to dye with Diamond Dyes." An image of a woman cleanly and gracefully dyeing brilliantly colored fabric supports this claim. Another dye cabinet, made by the same company, instead featured an image of girls, boys, and women dancing with brightly colored fabrics. [1] What do these two images say about advertising techniques and class differences?

From Cowan Auctions
Diamond Dye cabinet
Wood, paint, tin
Museum Purchase

[1] "Diamond Dye, Chromolithographed & Oak Cabinet" from Cowan Auctions,, accessed September 7, 2011.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Scarecrow-Making Workshops at Hanley Farm!

Come to Hanley Farm, and learn how to make scarecrows!

In preparation for the farm's October Scarecrow Fest, the farm is hosting scarecrow-making workshops. With direction and guidance from our expert scarecrow-maker, you can make your own, with workshops beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing hourly until 4 p.m. Take your work of art home with you, leave it at the farm for display, or enter it in our October scarecrow contest! Workshop tickets will be available on-site for $10 and include all supplies.