The History of Ordinary Things

The History of Ordinary Things

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Listen as curator, Doris Montag, of The History of Ordinary Things shares a little about the St. Louis Cardinals exhibit currently on display at the library.
Congratulations, Doris, for doing something you love in retirement! I've always enjoyed your displays and hope to come to a presentation one day. Your are a fantastic speaker! Keep up the great work and doing what you do best! - Peggy

The History of Ordinary Things Source for traveling exhibits on topics of history of multiple genrep some available for programs narrating a "pop up" display for diverse audiences.

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The History of Ordinary Things: Victorian Hair Receiver Bowls - 50plus LIFE 03/17/2022

The History of Ordinary Things: Victorian Hair Receiver Bowls - 50plus LIFE

http://50pluslifepa.com/lifestyle/history/2369-the-history-of-ordinary-things-victorian-hair-receiver-bowls

The History of Ordinary Things: Victorian Hair Receiver Bowls - 50plus LIFE Do you remember the early dresser sets with the comb, brush, mirror, and the matching bowl with a hole in its flat lid? In the Victorian...

03/05/2022

I am back in business with a Crochet & Tatting exhibit at Kalona Quilt & Textile Museum for the theme of "Women Speaking Through Needle & Thread.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 02/12/2022

Crochet & Tatting collection was set up at Kalona Quilt& Textile Mus today; 7 hr install. The museum is adding crochet clothing from their inventory. The theme of this larger exhibit is " Women Speaking Through Needle & Thread".

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 01/23/2022

I so enjoyed giving my program, The Chicken & the Egg, at the Practical Farmers of Iowa State Conference. It was held at the Scheman Ctr in Ames. Registration 600. My session had probably 80 people aging from 8 to 80 with many in the 30-40s which was fun to experience. People were taking Notes! That is a 1st. Ha!

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 06/16/2021

Photos of those recent finds

06/16/2021

Finally, I was back in antique shops, practicing my "sleuthing" skills. And to my delight, I found a few more treasures.

German camping egg container.
woman's travel shaving kit
antique sewing kit, similar to military kits.

History - 50plus LIFE 06/16/2021

History - 50plus LIFE

Big News is that I am now writing a History article for 50+LIFE senior magazine out of Pennsylvania. My 1st issue was June and you can check it out for Cracker Jack! It is in the Lifestyle section under History. http://50pluslifepa.com/lifestyle/history

I also continue to write for Mature Focus, our local senior mag out of Davenport.

History - 50plus LIFE Award-winning publication published monthly, provides individuals 50 and over in the Susquehanna and Delaware valleys with engaging editorial on a range of relevant topics: entertainment, travel, healthy living, financial matters, profiles, veterans’ issues, community events, and more.

10 Most Productive Egg Laying Chickens - 300+ Eggs Per Year 04/13/2021

10 Most Productive Egg Laying Chickens - 300+ Eggs Per Year

Background info for The Chicken & the Egg.

10 Most Productive Egg Laying Chickens - 300+ Eggs Per Year Raising chickens is such a delight, because they’re pets with benefits. Not only do they provide affection, entertainment, and fun, but they provide you with breakfast too! We’re often asked which breeds of chickens lay

12/23/2020

Cute story. That is about how my aim would be!

12/20/2020

Look at this sign. Perfect for my house!!
Handmade needlepoint.

09/15/2020

Men and Their Hair- a travel shaving kit, 2 part barber strop and several smaller ones.

09/15/2020

Sentiments of Sewing - sewing kits in metal cases and china dolls in pin cushion skirts. Smaller ladies stood on a cardboard box with thread inside. These are old. I need to get an era identified.

09/15/2020

Toy sewing machines for Sentiments of Sewing.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 09/15/2020

I participated in my 1st on line auction when a collector colleague was selling. I added to several collections.
1st Sentiments of Sewing
Double collectable crochet pin cushions plus Sewing Aid with thimble holder within chicken wishbone (1930s) and triple collectable a crochet pincushion CHICKEN! HA.....I HAVE A COLLECTION ON THESE 3 TOPICS.

05/31/2020

I had lunch at a little garden spot on Dubuque Street. You would not know it was my back yard if it weren't for the electric fence lines! Admit it. I am the only gardener you know with an electric fence!

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 05/07/2020

Now, can you tell the difference between Crochet and Tatting? You are on your own now.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 05/07/2020

Continuing with Crochet pieces in the collection. I may be developing a powerpoint.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 05/07/2020

Photo shoot with collection of Crochet & Tatting. "Needlework from the Dresser Drawers of Daughters". These are tatting.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 03/04/2020

Ezra Brooks liquor decanter, 1977. They made many styles . This Iowa Farmer immediately joined the John Deere display.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 03/03/2020

A rare find - 1977 liquor bottle labeled "Iowa Farmer". The hat comes off. It will join the John Deere tractors and then join the agriculture exhibit.

Now you know some of those farmers had a drink or 2 now and then!

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 03/03/2020

AGRICULTURE month at Hills Bank, Coralville branch featuring Keith Less's collection of John Deere toy tractors. Delightful. March only.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 02/21/2020

I checked on the exhibit, "The Chicken and the Egg" at the Floyd Co History Museum, Charles City. I had forgotten how large it is. It will remain through March.

01/28/2020

Barbie dolls on tour with Crochet display at North Liberty Public Library through Febr.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 01/28/2020

Small barbering display had a weekend tour for a North Liberty Community Program.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 01/17/2020

"Powder, Lotion & Perfume - the Era and Aura of Powder Compacts"

I have loved working with these items and discovering their story. The collections from 3 individuals provide exposure to the variety of compacts.
To open at Kalona Quilt & Textile Museum at end of January thru June.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 01/08/2020

The MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, has the largest collection of marionettes by Bil & Cora Baird. I fully enjoyed a visit into this creative art.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 01/04/2020

A Crochet & Tatting exhibit was installed in North Liberty Public Library today through February.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 12/13/2019

I am researching cosmetics for a new collection to be called "Powder, Lotions and Perfume"... sharing a cosmetic ad that might make any young courting gentleman buy a compact! And a sneak peak of the collection.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 12/04/2019

"The Night Before Christmas" display is at the Coralville Public Library through Jan 2. The poem is illustrated by over 20 artists.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 11/17/2019

"Gelatin & Jello" talk yesterday in Cedar Rapids with much humor and fun.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 11/15/2019

"Holiday Placesettings" are on display at the Kalona Quilt and Textile Museum through January. They also have an amazing exhibit of Crazy Quilts from 1800s showing detailed stitching on textile.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 10/22/2019

This is the permanent installation of "Hands Hands, Hands", lower level of UIHC outside Orthopedics Administrative Offices. This started as 3 boxes of papers and photos and in those boxes, I found the story of quite an impressive man.

Photos from The History of Ordinary Things's post 10/19/2019

HANDS, HANDS, HANDS
A Tribute to Adrian E. Flatt, MD

Opening reception was last night with this set up. It is busy, dense and a complex story, but the widow, family and physicians who knew him report that I captured his life story. Success. LED lights under the clear silicone hands of past Chairmen will draw people into the display, and I can change colors! Ha.
The permanent installation will go up tmrw.

10/19/2019

Opening reception display of hand surgeon, Adrian Flatt legacy. Well received. Will be installed into permanent cases next week.

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