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Letters, Greeting Cards and Postcards as a means of communication

As pieces of visual art see: Stationery and Letterhead

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A Monument of Debt

The Washington Monument is finally reopening on 12 May 2014 after undergoing restoration for damage caused by an earthquake in August 2011. I was curious what the…
Bari Helms
May 12, 2014
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Bad Romance

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to bring a bit of romance to Out of the Box, but when one spends her day working…
Bari Helms
February 12, 2014
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The Women of Smithfield

Processing of the Montgomery County chancery began in August 2013, and one of the early finds was Chancery Cause 1848-016, Letitia Floyd vs. Executors of Elizabeth…
Regan Shelton
January 23, 2014
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Anatomy of a Marriage

Divorces reveal much about the inner-workings of a family, usually much more than outsiders should ever discover. While processing the Arlington County chancery causes, I…
Bari Helms
September 18, 2013
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Love hurts, love scars

The romantic landscape may seem ambiguous in 2013, but courtship in 19th-century Virginia was no different. Think those text messages are hard to decipher? Try…
Bari Helms
August 28, 2013
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#election1860

On 13 November 1860, J.S. Moore of Indiana wrote a letter to his Virginia relative Doctor Thomas Moore. Much of the letter has to do…
Greg Crawford
November 7, 2012
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Dear Uncle…

Horseshoe Bend on the Tallapoosa River in Alabama. (Image used courtesy of the United States National Park Service) This year marks the 200th anniversary of the War…
Greg Crawford
April 18, 2012