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Exhibits at the Chapman Historical Museum

Personal Effects

blue compact web.jpgNovember 4, 2018 - March 31, 2019

Personal Effects: Things you own that you often carry with you -- Cambridge English dictionary

In a well-known Capital One commercial, Samuel L. Jackson asks, “What’s in Your Wallet?” A quick search of the internet reveals that our culture is fascinated by what we carry.

Over 10 million people viewed Family Fun Pack’s “What’s in My Backpack?” to find out what the twins got for school supplies. Amoeba Music’s “What’s in My Bag?” YouTube site has over 241,000 subscribers who are curious to see what musicians are buying in the L.A. store. One also can find out what people carry by searching on: what’s in my purse, soccer bag, tennis bag, gym bag, travel bag, carryon, beach bag, even Zombie bag!

What we carry says much about who we are. The same can be said about objects from the past; they provide clues to the lives, customs and values of previous generations. With that premise in mind, we searched through the museum’s collections, looking for personal items that people would have carried.

The exhibit will include objects that people used to carry their belongings as well as different examples of personal effects including watches, sewing kits, keys, compacts, handkerchiefs, wallets, tintypes, fobs, pins, lockets, pill containers, perfume bottles, marbles and jacks.

While some items are quite universal, others are specific to a particular occupation, such as a carpenter or physician; or an association, such as a fire company or fraternal organization.