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  Archived Posts From: 2010


Delaware Tramp Art

Written on: September 29th, 2010 in Delaware HistoryPhotographsResearch Room

Yeah, you read that right. Tramp art.  I had a patron come in the other day to show me this decorated cigar box.  It was her great-grandmothers.  It was made in Ellendale around 1890.

 It seems tramp art is very collectible. These decorative boxes were made by blue-collar workers as gifts for their sweethearts during the cold winter months. We pulled her grandmother’s probate file. In the inventory, we found the box listed as a “small wooden decorated cigar box”.

 To see if we have a probate record for your relatives click on our probate database.

 You can visit your local library or check out the Delaware library catalog to pick up a copy of:

 Tramp art: a folk art phenomenon by Helaine W. Fendelman


Hobo & tramp art carving: an authentic American folk tradition by Adolph Vandertie

Photo of Delaware Tramp Art, 1890

Delaware Tramp Art 1890

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

Written on: September 24th, 2010 in Delaware HistoryPhotographsResearch Room

Have you ever had a relative tell you what a great sports star they were and if it hadn’t been for that darn knee injury they’d have gone pro?  Well that’s exactly what happened the other day.  A kid came in to see if he could find information on his uncle. It seems his uncle keeps telling him what a great football player he was.  The boy plays football now for a local high school and his uncle says he is a chip off the old block.  We were able to show him old newspapers from the time when his uncle played. He was even able to watch a motion picture out of the Department of Public Instruction Educational Motion Picture Collection where he did see his uncle….as the water boy!

To see more photographs of Delaware football view the football album on our facebook page.

Photo of Delaware Football

Delaware Football Team

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Back to School

Written on: September 17th, 2010 in Delaware HistoryPhotographsResearch Room

Homework, seeing school buses on the roads, and the collective “YES” from parents all around: it’s back to school time!  We had a mother come in the other day after dropping her son off at school. There was a historic marker outside the school and she wanted to learn more. She looked at annual reports from the Department of Public Instruction, insurance evaluations from 1941, a book describing school boundaries, and of course photos.

To see more photos of schools you can view our Back to School album on our Facebook page.

Photo of students in a Seaford Class, 1944

Seaford Class, 1944

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Kent County Probate Collection Expands

Written on: September 10th, 2010 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryResearch Room

Get ready to fill in some of the blanks in your genealogical chart and learn about the life and culture that existed in the post-World War II era.  The Delaware Public Archives has recently received a new group of Kent County Probates from the Kent County Register of Wills Office.  Ranging in years from 1945 to 1950, this addition to the Archives collection will provide a new historical and genealogical tool for researchers who are searching for ancestors or studying the material culture of that period in history. 

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No Officer, I Didn’t Realize My License Had Expired!

Written on: September 1st, 2010 in Delaware HistoryPhotographsResearch Room

So have you been to DMV lately to renew your driver’s license? You may have read about this in the newspapers.  On July 1, DMV started issuing the new secure driver license and identification cards.  Delaware is not the only state doing this.  We have been receiving calls from Delawareans in Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Maine, New Jersey, and Kentucky.

We have had a lot of patrons going to DMV, then having to come here to get their vital record, then go back to DMV.  In order to renew, get a driver’s license, or an ID card, you must now bring with you a legal certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised seal.  If you are a female and your last name is now different than the one on your birth certificate, you will need a legal certified copy of your marriage certificate as well. DMV is also requiring some other documentation.  For a complete list of the documents you need and for more information regarding the new cards, you can visit DMV’s website.

 If you need to get a copy of your birth certificate and you are older than 72 or you need a copy of your marriage record and it is older than 40 years, you need to contact us. If you are younger than 72 or you have been married for fewer than 40 years, you need to contact the Office of Vital Statistics.

Picture of Delaware Operator's License, 1930

Delaware Operator’s License, 1930

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