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AT & SF Railway demmitasse cup

AT & SF Railway demmitasse cup
Creator: C.E. Wheelock & Company
Date: between 1894 and 1925
This porcelain cup has an image of The Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad's head offices in Topeka, Kansas. They were headquartered in the building as depicted on this cup from 1884 to 1925. The cup was produced by C.E. Wheelock & Company based in Peoria, Illinois but produced in Berlin, Germany. The donor, Charles Goebel, was a Santa Fe employee for 46 years.


Date: between 1861 and 1865
Tin cup used by Hiram Underwood during the Civil War. Underwood served in the 36th Iowa Infantry and was taken prisoner during the Battle of Marks' Mills (Arkansas) on April 25, 1865. After the war he moved to Oskaloosa, Kansas, with his family and became a farmer.


Date: between 1800 and 1920
Hand-wrought communal iron drinking cup with attached chain. The cup was attached to a rock by the Sulphur Spring public spring near Fort Scott around 1800 and saw continuous use until communal drinking cups were banned by the Kansas State Board of Health in 1909. The cup was replaced by a sanitary drinking fountain on November 1, 1911. Dr. Samuel J. Crumbine, Director of the Board of Health, used the cup in his public health and sanitation campaigns, and it was later displayed at the Paper Cup and Container Institute in New York.

Paper cup

Paper cup
Creator: P. & O. Manufacturing Company
Date: between 1907 and 1910
Paper sanitary drinking cup. Folds flat. The Kansas State Board of Health, under the leadership of Dr. Samuel J. Crumbine, banned the use of common drinking cups in 1909. The P. & O. Manufacturing Company of Ohio registered a Pennsylvania charter for its Pittsburgh operations sometime between 1907 and 1909, and merged into the Public Health Supply Company in 1910.

Prisoner of war cup

Prisoner of war cup
Date: between 1942 and 1945
Small aluminum cup with handle. The cup belonged to Colonel James C. Hughes, whom the Japanese held as a prisoner of war during World War II. Hughes scavenged for some of his possessions while in the POW camps; the cup once belonged to another soldier who died while incarcerated. Born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1888, Hughes served in the Mexican Border Conflict, World War I, and World War II. In 1942, he was captured by the Japanese on the Bataan peninsula and spent the next 41 months in various Japanese P.O.W. camps. He was liberated by Russian forces at Camp Hoten, Manchuria, in 1945. Hughes died in 1964 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Traveling cup

Traveling cup
Date: 1897
Nickel-plated, collapsible drinking cup with lid. The lid shows a molded relief of a man and woman riding a tandem bicycle. It is possible that the cup was intended for use by cyclists while on the go. The cup was manufactured in 1897.

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