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January 27, 2009



Hi Sue.

Thanks for the kind words. It sounds like you have some interesting Woodmen material in your collection. If we can be of any assistance, just let us know, as we have resources in our library that may be helpful.


sue jones

Very informative. Really appreciate all the work that goes into this website.
The Crawford Co. Historical Society and Museum in Robinson, IL has a large box with wooden axes and other unusual things pertaining to this fraternal organization. We are always in wonder at the unusual things people have stored away and decide to finally donate to the museum.

Hilary Anderson Stelling


Thanks for an informative post.

We are lucky enough to have one of these chairs in the NHM collection. It looks like an ordinary spindle-backed oak side chair upholstered in mustard-colored velvet. However, the extra long fabric skirt decorating the seat hides a spring-driven clockwork that detonates .22 blank cartridge and causes legs to collapse when some unfortunate fellow grabs a seat.

Not for the faint of heart.


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