Filson Favorites: Chester Harding’s Portrait of Bland W. Ballard

Major Bland W. Ballard (1759 or 1761-1853) was an early pioneer in Kentucky and quite possibly the toughest looking man of his era. The Filson’s portrait of Ballard by Chester Harding depicts a man hardened by the violence of the Ohio Valley frontier. In 1788, a party of Delaware Indians killed Ballard’s father, stepmother, two brothers and half-sister, while Ballard […]

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Filson Favorites: Photographs

From time to time, a Filson staff member will share some of his or her favorite things about the society’s collections.  Today, Robin Wallace, Associate Curator of Special Collections, writes about one of her favorite images from The Filson’s photograph collection. Miss Rings and Miss Reticules The Daguerreotype is one of the earliest and most striking photographic processes; the Filson […]

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Double Cola across the South and Midwest, 1940

The recently donated Greensburg Bottling Company Records contain a wealth of information about the production and distribution of soft drinks in the mid to late twentieth century.  The records of the Greensburg Bottling Company, which bottled Double Cola and Ski at its plant in Greensburg, Kentucky, detail issues common to twentieth century manufacturing and also many that are unique to […]

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Filson Favorites — Humorous Subject Headings

From time to time, a Filson staff member will share some of his or her favorite things about the society’s collections.  Today, Special Collections Intern Jonathon Free writes about his favorite subject heading from the card catalog. Sailors — Relations with women   When a collection is being processed in the Special Collections department, one of the last steps is to […]

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