Answer to Last Week’s Mystery Artifact

The answer to last week’s Mystery Artifact is: Hair Work Wreath, 1857 Human hair, silk, wire, beads. Worked by Mrs. A. Osborne, Peabody, Mass. A popular form of fancy work, hair wreaths were crafted almost entirely of human hair from living or deceased...

Mystery Artifact

Can you identify this artifact from our collection? Here’s a hint: “Hair today, gone tomorrow.” The answer will be revealed next...

Happy Valentine’s Day

Postcards were a popular and cheaper alternative to greeting cards in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This postcard for Valentine’s Day is historically significant because it reflects contemporary political and social events, specifically the...

From Our Collection: Gothic Revival Wallpaper

In March of 2009, the Peabody Historical Society acquired a property of historic and architectural significance when it purchased the Sutton-Peirson house. The house was built in 1847 for General William Sutton, a former militia commander, state senator, and...

From Our Collection: Antique Valentines

The Peabody Historical Society has an extensive collection of antique and vintage holiday greeting cards and postcards. Our antique Valentines are particularly charming, not just for their illustrations, but for their provenance. Most of the Valentines are from the...