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  •  wish I did, but unfortunately no ... (2+ / 0-)
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    otoh, if you want some old austro-hungarian currency and pre-revolution Tsarist Russian currency, am glad to share! :)  ... you know how something is normal and it isn't treasured ... hence no copies of the Forward ... sigh ...

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 04:07:36 PM PST

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    •  Nobody in my family (2+ / 0-)
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      saved any Confederate money. :)

      •  was cleaning out my parents' apartment (2+ / 0-)
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        after my mom died and accidentally (and fortunately) knocked over a cigar box ... was wondering why Catherine the Great was looking at me (currency from 1896), also a picture of an elderly woman that looks just like my grandfather and whom I assume is my great-grandmom, my grandfather's social security card, some austro-hungarian currency, currency from Krakow ... the precious things (as they didn't have much) were the photos many of people lost to the Holocaust which I grabbed after my grandfather's death.

        They may have saved the currency in case they needed it if they visited; I have a feeling this box travelled a long way before it fell open at my feet in florida.

        "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

        by NY brit expat on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 04:15:04 PM PST

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        •  What a precious find! (1+ / 0-)
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          One thing I wish we had was a picture of the inside of our barn.

          It was basically a log cabin barn. Grandpa cut the trees himself (northern pine, I think) and built the barn with the help of his sons and a neighbor.

          Didn't look like much from the outside, covered with tar-paper, but inside was beautiful esp by kerosene lantern.

          But you're right, common place to us back then, esp since cows had to be milked twice a day, 365 days a year. But would be great to have some nice photos now.

          And while we're on the subject of Socialism. Just North of us was the Mesabi Iron Range, full of Finnish Socialist in the early 1900s, and a great strike led by the IWW in 1916.

          Minneapolis had a Socialist Mayor in the 1920s. And MN had a Farmer-Labor Gov, Gov Olson. Forget the year.

          Eventually merged with the Dems who are now known as the MN Democratic Farmer-Labor Party. (the DFL)

          WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Dec: Life so cheap; property so sacred.

          by JayRaye on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 04:29:33 PM PST

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          •  I had always associated the socialist party (1+ / 0-)
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            with the Germans and the Scandinavians; the Workmen's Circle with the Bund and the Central and Eastern European Jews with the CP and the Trotskyist parties. As such, strong socialist roots in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Anarchism was more of an american movement but which also had strong support from Italian immigrants which brought the tradition with them. This was such an interesting piece for me which tied into a rich ethnic fabric of immigrants to the US which built trade union movements of various types, struggled for socialism from various perspectives, all of which contributed to the wealth of left-wing culture and politics which seems to be so weak these days.

            "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

            by NY brit expat on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 04:46:37 PM PST

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