Exploring Louisville’s South End

I’m always fascinated by how much the built environment has changed over time.  Businesses and residences that once were integral parts of the landscape have long since been demolished, many leaving little trace of their existence beyond what was captured by a camera lens.  Other structures survive but only as shells of their former selves – rundown eyesores, sagging and […]

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Have You Ordered Your Summer Piano Yet?

[C/B Baldwin Company]

In June of 1913, with the summer travel season coming on, the Louisville sales office of the Baldwin Company engaged in a direct mail marketing campaign to sell pianos to rural families. According to the letter, sent to Mrs. G. H. Fleck of Jeffersontown, Kentucky, the company had but just then realized that their efforts in advertising in the city […]

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Construction of Camp Zachary Taylor

[Above image: View of Camp Zachary Taylor, WW I-16.] Camp Zachary Taylor (CZT) was created in June 1917 for the purpose of training American troops following the United States entry into World War I in April that year.  The camp was located southeast and south of Louisville, with camp headquarters being north of the later Poplar Level Road and the […]

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Mail Day!

Sending and receiving mail is high on my list of favorite things. Just the other day I penned a letter to my 5-year-old niece asking if she would be my pen pal. Today, as I write this, I am anxiously awaiting a box that holds my wedding save the dates (pretty sure every front desk volunteer has heard me say “If […]

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Women’s History at The Filson

March is Women’s History Month, and we make women’s history available every day here at The Filson. In a past Women’s History Month blog post, I detailed links to prior blog posts for those interested in what sort of Women’s History we have available here at The Filson.  Since that time, we’ve had more useful blogs on women and women’s […]

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Exploring the architecture of Crescent Hill and the Highlands

Unknown residence [ARS-37]

By Chip Arbegust, Filson Special Collections Volunteer For the last two years I have been volunteering in The Filson’s Special Collections department assisting with scanning photographs for image orders, in-house use, and different cataloging projects headed by Associate Curator of Photographs, Heather Potter.  As I walked through the doors of the Filson one Tuesday morning last November, per usual, I […]

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Quilting in The Filson’s Collections: The Mariners’ Compass Quilt

Today I want to talk about a Mariners’ Compass quilt found in our Artifact Collection. This quilt was a gift from Jim Buchart and was donated in 1979. Beyond that, we don’t have any additional information on the quilt. It is quite lovely with the added leaves around the compass blocks. From inspecting the photo, it’s not clear if this […]

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Get Your Pigskins Ready, It’s Super Bowl 50!

This Sunday is the 50th Super Bowl and we didn’t want to be left out of all the hubbub and fun; here are a few historic pictures to help get you into the spirit of the game–enjoy! Opening image: Football Team, Richmond, Ky.  (Madison County, Ky.) [Filson Subject Photo Collection – SPR/FB-23]   

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Ethel du Pont’s Little Red Auto Stories

Mention Ethel du Pont and those familiar* with the name will likely recount the labor journalist’s civil and women’s rights activism. Others may recall the intended socialite’s bold dismissal of her intended world and role. Most, however, wouldn’t associate du Pont with children’s literature. As it turns out, du Pont also explored various literary endeavors in addition to activism. One […]

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“Dear Nellie”: The Civil War Letters of Ellen M. Sherman

By James M. Prichard In a letter dated 18 November 1862, Myrtilla “Tillie” Galpin scolded her childhood friend: “Nellie why for mercy’s sake don’t you write? Do you ever think that we only have a short time to enjoy the comforts and blessings of this world….”  Tillie was not the only correspondent to chide Ellen M. “Nellie” Sherman (1840-1914) of […]

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