MHS Madness64 of our favorite items in head-to-head competition

In honor of our 225th anniversary—and this time of year—the MHS hosted a tournament to select the favorite object from the Society’s collection. The 64 competitors, divided into four centuries of American history, were hand-picked to showcase the range of items in our collection.

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FINAL RESULTS FOR:Round 1: 20th Century

Matchup 1

Boston Red Sox medal

In the years before the first World Series rings were issued in 1922, players were awarded medals or money clips for their victories. This championship medal was made by Boston jeweler and watchmaker Frank A. Gendreau for the Red Sox World Series win in 1912…the first at Fenway Park.

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The Education of Henry Adams

This book by Henry Adams, grandson and great-grandson of two presidents, was first printed privately in 1907. It wasn't commercially published until after his death in 1918, and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1919. Although Adams wrote in the third person, the book is autobiographical and includes commentary on 19th-century political and cultural events.

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Matchup 2

Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Victory Parade : Instructions for Marchers

On 16 October 1915, supporters of women's suffrage in Massachusetts held a parade and rally in downtown Boston in support of a ballot measure to amend the state constitution and grant women the right to vote. This broadsheet contains instructions and, on the reverse, songs to be sung during the parade and rally.

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Letter from Howard Carter to Kingsmill Marrs, 25 October 1908

English Egyptologist (and later discoverer of Tutankhamun's tomb) Howard Carter wrote this letter to Kingsmill Marrs from an archaeological dig in Luxor, Egypt. The letter contains descriptions of beautiful scenes resulting from the flooding of the Nile River, as well as a prominent sketch of Queen Nefertari on the first page.

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Matchup 3

Joan of Arc Saved France

This patriotic poster, issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, implored women to help fund U.S. participation in World War I by purchasing war savings stamps. More than 20,000 American women supported the war effort, serving in the armed forces or as Red Cross and YWCA volunteers.

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Letter from Eleanor "Nora" Saltonstall to Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall, 4 May 1918

Beginning in the fall of 1917, Eleanor “Nora” Saltonstall volunteered in several capacities in Europe during World War I, including as a secretary, supply manager, chauffeur, and overall jack-of-all-trades for Auto-Chir No. 7, an American Red Cross hospital unit attached to the French army. In this letter to her mother Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall, Nora described how useful she felt.

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Matchup 4

"Chief Tin-Tin-Meet-Sa"

This photogravure of “Chief Tin-Tin-Meet-Sa,” taken by Joseph K. Dixon in 1913, forms part of the Rodman Wanamaker Indian expeditions photographs. The aim of the expeditions was to “accurately” depict and publicize Indian life. Wanamaker was particularly concerned that the “vanishing race” would be lost to modernity and relegated to reservations.

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Letter from John Noble to Sandy Noble, 15 April 1944

Air combat intelligence officer John Noble was serving in the South Pacific during World War II when he wrote a series of letters to his young children. He illustrated the letters with exquisite and colorful drawings like the three native island children, a landscape with a hut and canoe, and a volcano in this birthday letter to his son Sandy.

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Matchup 5

Sarah Gooll Putnam diary 23, part of entry for 1 August 1902, page 118

Sarah Gooll Putnam kept a diary for over 50 years, starting in 1860 at the age of nine. These diaries document her life as an artist in Boston and her extensive travels throughout America and Europe. Included are ink and pencil sketches, as well as watercolors, like this one painted in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

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Margaret Hall and a soldier standing outside an American Red Cross canteen tent

Massachusetts-born Margaret Hall worked as a member of the American Red Cross in France during World War I. On her return home, she compiled a typescript narrative from the letters and diaries that she wrote overseas, illustrating the text with her own photographs of soldiers, canteens, and the extensive destruction following the war.

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Matchup 6

Rhinoceros sketch and poem

Long before Edward Estlin Cummings was known as E. E. Cummings, one of 20th-century America's most popular poets, his words and sketches revealed a delightful childhood imagination. In this youthful work, completed about 1901, he was already experimenting with the unorthodox capitalization and punctuation that later became his trademark.

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Letter from Lyndon B. Johnson to Henry Cabot Lodge, 12 April 1967

With this letter, President Lyndon B. Johnson accepted Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.'s resignation as ambassador to the government of Vietnam in the midst of the Vietnam War. Johnson commended Lodge's “courage and patriotism” and acknowledged the good he'd done for the people of South Vietnam and the United States.

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Matchup 7

"Mess Hall, Bathroom, Barracks. Japanese Relocation Center. Heart Mt. Wyoming."

This watercolor painting by Estelle Ishigo depicts the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming, one of ten internment camps established for Japanese Americans during World War II. Ishigo was recruited as a “Documentary Reporter” for the War Relocation Authority and recorded the internment experience in illustrations, line drawings, oil, and watercolors.

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Second Bikini Atoll atomic bomb test [2 seconds after detonation], 25 July 1946

In 1946, President Harry S. Truman appointed Leverett Saltonstall, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, to the bipartisan President's Evaluation Commission for Operation Crossroads, a series of nuclear tests designed to assess the effects of nuclear weapons on battleships. This photograph shows the Baker detonation at Bikini Atoll two seconds after detonation.

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Matchup 8

GOP campaign mugs of Richard M. Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

This unique set of porcelain mugs depicting the heads of Richard M. Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., Republican candidates for president and vice president in the election of 1960, once belonged to U.S. Representative Richard B. Wigglesworth. The handles are in the shape of elephants' trunks.

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William Crowninshield Endicott

John Singer Sargent was one of the leading portrait painters of his generation. This portrait of the distinguished Boston lawyer William C. Endicott, Jr. is representative of Sargent's exquisite style. Endicott served as president of the MHS from 1927 to 1936.

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