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Hot pepper and ice – and the earliest photograph of soccer north of the Arctic Circle


By: Alessandro Pezzati

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has begun in Brazil this afternoon.  Since it is being played in a tropical country this year, the Penn Museum Archives thought it fitting to show what is most likely the earliest photograph of a soccer game played north of the Arctic Circle. Taken at Point Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost […]

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Feather Cape [Object of the Day #46]

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By: Ashley Harper

Cape consisting of bundles of small yellow, red, and black feathers tied in overlapping rows to a netted foundation of plant fiber.  Like Object of the Day #14, a long feather cloak, this cape was an item of aristocratic regalia and a signifier of rank in ancient Hawaii.  Full length cloaks were worn by the […]

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“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat…”

By: Eric Schnittke

The holiday season is fast approaching and mailmen and women across the country will be taking to the streets to deliver packages. They are known for delivering through even the harshest of weather and in Point Barrow, Alaska that is no exception. This image from 1897 depicts a US mailman and his sled dog team […]

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Pointless but Adorable Animal Photo

By: Maureen Callahan

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The Golden Age of King Midas

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