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Friday, June 5, 2009

Fulton Mansion Opens Special Exhibit

Hate dish pan hands? So did the Victorians! This is the premise around Fulton Mansion State Historic Site's newest exhibit, Creature Comforts: Innovations and Ingenuity in the Victorian Home. From early safety pins to the iconic Singer sewing machine, the exhibit showcases how the Victorians invented many of the modern conveniences we enjoy today. It is an exploration of the invention boom of the late 1800s, especially the creative and quirky inventions for the home. The exhibit will also include Fulton family patents on public display for the first time. The exhibit is included in the regular admission. For hours and admission, visit the site's web page.

Between 1871 and 1881 the first slaughterhouse in the U.S. was successfully operated in Fulton, TX largely due to George Fulton's innovations in the industry, as illustrated by this 1869 patent.

Before the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906, patent medicines like McElree's Wine of Cardui offered consumers wide ranging cures from baldness to bad breath.

Vintage ad for Chiclets gum.

Fulton Mansion is located in the resort area of Rockport-Fulton, 30 miles north of Corpus Christi. The historic site is located in the Texas Tropical Trail Region.

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