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That Did What?

“That Did What” is the theme of the exhibit currently on display at the Donald B. Palmer Museum of the Springfield Free Public Library.

Items featured from the museum’s collection include implements and small tools that were once common in households, farms and workplaces but which have fallen into obsolescence. The last display cabinet in the exhibit includes eight items that have been intentionally left unlabeled so that members of the public can try their hand at identifying what they were used for. The person identifying the most items correctly will win a $25 gift card to Barnes & Nobles that has been donated by the Friends of the Springfield Free Public Library. In the event of a tie, a drawing will be held among all of the top scoring entries to determine the winner. All contest entries must be submitted to the staff at the circulation desk no later than 9:00 PM on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Photo Caption: No, this was not used to cut slices into an extra large pizza. This wood and iron object, called a “traveler” was used to measure the circumference of wooden wagon wheels.

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