Tag Archives: 19th century

Life of the Party

We’ve all seen the “life of the party” at a gathering or two. The teller of jokes, the keeper of magic tricks, the dancer of jigs, the wearer of a lampshade…which brings us to this 1966 CoverGirl advertisement for Frosty … Continue reading

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Wine at Winterthur: Henry Algernon du Pont and the Gilded Age

In this post, Estate Historian Maggie Lidz continues her research into wine and the du Pont family. Colonel Henry Algernon du Pont (1836–1926), the second owner of Winterthur, is a difficult man to understand. Today, his likes and dislikes, prides … Continue reading

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Wine at Winterthur: Samuel Francis DuPont, 19th-Century Wine Collector

In this post, Estate Historian Maggie Lidz continues her research into wine and the du Pont family. In the second half of the 19th century, the common drinks in America were spirits, cider, and beer. Although a domestic wine industry … Continue reading

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Wine at Winterthur: The First Generation of the du Ponts at Winterthur

By Maggie Lidz, Estate Historian In 1839, after two years abroad, Evelina du Pont and her husband, J. Antoine Bidermann, settled into residence at Winterthur, their newly acquired estate. The 350-acre Delaware farm was formerly owned and managed as a … Continue reading

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Investigating Overlooked Art Forms

Throughout the year, Winterthur hosts a number of talented and engaged academics from museums and research institutions around the world. They apply for our research fellowships and come here to work with our extensive collections. In 2011 we experienced a surprising … Continue reading

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The McAllister Perspective Glass: A Lens on 19th-Century Optical Entertainments

Editor’s note: this is the third of several posts by graduate students in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture (WPAMC), written as part of their Material Life in America class. Please note that you can click on the images … Continue reading

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Travels through Conservation: Preserving Temperance

By Director of Conservation Lois Alcott Price The Textile Lab has recently been the site of a collaboration between painting and textile conservation. Flaking paint on a fragile silk edged cotton banner scheduled for exhibition in Uncorked! Wine, Objects & … Continue reading

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Hair Apparent: False Hair Caps and the Mysterious World of 19th-Century Hair Anxiety

I have a reputation for loving the stranger objects at Winterthur. Ask me what I like and I’ll usually respond, “The high style Philadelphia furniture is impressive, but did you see the glass fly trap on the second floor? It’s … Continue reading

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The House within the House: Imagining the Original Winterthur

By Hannah Freece, 2011 graduate of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and current Tiffany & Co. Foundation Curatorial Intern in American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.   If you’ve taken a tour at Winterthur, you … Continue reading

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