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[Can sealer]

Description: Can sealer purchased in the 1930's probably from Sears Roebuck. A sealer like this one was displayed in their 1930's catalogs. It belonged to Guy and Oma Wynn who lived in Orchard 1938-1950, Richmond 1950-1985 and earlier a t Crescent in Wharton County. Guy Wynn was Superintendent of Schools at several rural school districts in Wharton County, in Orchard and later the Fot Bend County School Superintendent, 1950-1958. At certain times during the 1930's, the state lacked funds to cash checks for their teachers; therefore, Guy Wynn chose not to cash his checks with the banks which were paying only 50% of their value. During those days, teachers would "moonlight" to support themselves and their families. Among other things, our family canned vegetables "on the halves" with local farmers. The farmers provided the product, cans, lids and labels, and the Wynns provided the labor and the expertise. Some of the favorite products were corn, field peas, and snapp beans. (this info was given by the donor
Date: unknown
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

Mess Kitchen

Description: Copy negative of a man standing at a table with large and bowls and pitchers on top of it. There are shelves in the background that have different containers on them. Three other men can be seen doing various tasks in the background.
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library