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Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian, by Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick
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Framed display of U.S. presidents' hair, 1850sFramed display of U.S. presidents' hair, 1850s

In the nineteenth century it was common to honor famous Americans by preserving locks of their hair. One of the historical relics transferred from the Patent Office museum in 1883 was this display featuring the hair of the first fourteen presidents of the United States, from George Washington to Franklin Pierce. As times change, how people remember is often as revealing as who they remember.

See also: Presidential Memorabilia, Intriguing Objects

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