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Safe Cracker

Written on: July 29th, 2010 in Research Room

Have you ever had one of those days where you just can’t seem to remember anything?  I know it seems to be happening to me more frequently.  I had a gentleman call the other day.  He was calling for his uncle who now lives in Phoenix.  It seems his uncle couldn’t remember the date of his marriage.  Here’s the kicker, his wedding date was the combination to his safe and he needed to get something out of it.  I went and did a search and found his wedding date.  The gentleman called his uncle and the safe was opened.

 For information regarding marriages older than 40 years you can contact us. For information regarding marriages newer than 40 years you need to contact the Office of Vital Statistics.


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The Fair’s In Town!!

Written on: July 21st, 2010 in Research Room

It is that time:  the sounds of the midway, the excitement of seeing your favorite act, the sounds of crunching at the demolition derby, and the smell of all sorts of deep fried items.  It’s Delaware State Fair week. Woo hoo!!!

Did you know that it used to be called the Kent- Sussex Fair? So what’s your favorite part of the fair?  The exhibits? The shows? The food?  We have old programs, annual reports to stock holders, and photographs.  We have correspondence in the governor’s papers.  We also  have books and newspaper clippings.

To learn more about the history of the State Fair check out the Delaware Library Catalog for the following books:

History of the Delaware State Fair : (formerly the Kent & Sussex County Fair) : in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Fair in 1919  by Delaware State Fair, Inc.

 History of the Kent and Sussex County Fair

 The History of Agricultural Fairs in Delaware  by Saralee Webb Towers

 For more information on the events at this year’s fair, check out the official website.

 For more photos, check out the State Fair Photo Album on our Facebook page.


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New Addition to the Jackson & Sharp Collection

Written on: July 13th, 2010 in Delaware HistoryPhotographsResearch Room

Recently, the Archives was contacted by a gentleman in Pennsylvania who had a lantern slide collection of Jackson & Sharp Company railroad car photographs.  Purchased at a railroad memorabilia auction, the collection was probably used by a Jackson & Sharp traveling salesman who used the slides to promote his company’s rail cars to perspective buyers.

The Archives bought the entire group of 66 slides from the Pennsylvania railroad enthusiast.  They will be added to the Jackson & Sharp collection of photographs and drawings.  Most of the slides date from the late 19th century.

 For more information regarding our Jackson and Sharp collection, view our Jackson and Sharp guide on our website.



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Planes, Trains, and Advertising?

Written on: July 6th, 2010 in Research Room

A researcher was looking at the ABC News internet site the other day and came across this video of the construction of a new Boeing 737.  It was built for Southwest Airlines to advertise their flights to Florida.  He remembered as a child seeing advertisements on trains. He wondered if we had any photographs of trains that were used to advertise things. We sure do! We have several in the Archives’ Jackson and Sharp Photograph Collection

  Back in the days when railroads were the main method of long-distance travel, the State of Florida bought some railroad cars from the Jackson and Sharp Company to advertise the advantages of living in their state.  These colorful cars certainly would have drawn the attention of any onlookers. 

 For more information regarding our Jackson and Sharp collection, view our Jackson and Sharp guide on our website.


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