"Leake County." Three unidentified men. Call Number: PI/2010.0002, item 328 (MDAH Collection)

"Leake County." Three unidentified men. Call Number: PI/2010.0002, item 328 (MDAH Collection)

Photographs from Series I of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Collection (PI/2010.0002) are now available online! This collection was donated by the MFBF Public Affairs Office in 2010. Series I consists of photographs documenting Mississippi farms and the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation from the 1850s through 2003 mounted on 1,456 boards with captions. The photographs are grouped into subject categories assigned by MFBF staff and include: beauty pageants, boards of directors, county agents, crops, conventions, farmers, meetings (county, state, local), natural disasters, politicians, staff, social functions, talent shows, women’s activities within the organization, and Southern Farm Bureau in its formative years.

View Series I of the MFBF Collection at http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/series/mfb.

Beekeepers in Bolivar County, 1960. Call Number: PI/2010.0002, item 36 (MDAH Collection)

Beekeepers in Bolivar County, 1960. Call Number: PI/2010.0002, item 36 (MDAH Collection)

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Nan Prince, Assistant Director of Collections in the MDAH Museum Division, brings us this post about interesting artifacts in the collection.

Sales tax tokens. Accession Numbers: 1966.13.2, 1966.13.3, 1966.13.8, 1966.13.9 (Museum Division Collection)

Sales tax tokens. Accession Numbers: 1966.13.2, 1966.13.3, 1966.13.8, 1966.13.9 (Museum Division Collection)

In order to ease Mississippi’s $13 million deficit, Governor Martin Connor (1891-1950) proposed and the legislature passed the state’s first sales tax in 1932. Beginning in 1936, merchants used tax tokens to make change for the newly levied sales tax.  The first ones were one-mill and five-mill tokens made of aluminum and brass. However, due to the shortage of metal during World War II, the material used to make the tokens was changed from metal to fiber and then later to plastic.  The state abolished the use of tax tokens in 1952. Pictured above are examples of tax tokens made from 1936 to 1952.

Artifacts from the Museum Division collection that are not on exhibit are available for viewing by appointment. Please contact Nan Prince, Assistant Director of Collections, by email to schedule an appointment.

Sources:

MDAH, “May 1, 1932: State sales tax of 2% goes into effect on retail goods,” Mississippi History Timeline, http://mdah.state.ms.us/timeline/zone/1932/.

V.B. Wheeless, The Sales Tax Token in Mississippi, Mississippi State Tax Commission.

One panorama of shipbuilding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Call Number: PI/2011.0002 (MDAH Collection)

One panorama of shipbuilding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Call Number: PI/2011.0002 (MDAH Collection)

These panorama photographs were recently scanned and made available online in the catalog. Click the photograph title to view the image or click “view the catalog record” to see the individual catalog records.

Mississippi Delegation attending the Roosevelt-Wallace Inauguration January 19, 1941, Washington D. C. Or view the catalog record.

One panorama of shipbuilding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Or view the catalog record (pictured above).

C. C. C. Co. 1484 “Camp Jeff Davis,” Kiln, Miss. Sept. 20, 1933. Or view the catalog record.

37th Annual Reunion United Confederate Veterans. Oct. 7-9, 1925. Meridian. Or view the catalog record.

“Special Train, 52 cars Oakland Automobiles Destined California. Left Pontiac, Mich. Feb. 4. 1931, Routed G.T.-I.C. “Natchez Route” T.P.-S.P. Time in transit, Pontiac to Shreveport, La. 62 hrs.” Or view the catalog record.

Downtown Jackson aerial photograph. Or view the catalog record.

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Mississippi inaugurated a new governor and other state officials earlier this month. This series brings you historic photographs of past inauguration ceremonies, inaugural parades, and inaugural balls from the MDAH collection.

Marchers from Walthall County in inauguration parade of Paul Johnson, Jr., 1964. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 217 (MDAH Collection)

Marchers from Walthall County in inauguration parade of Paul Johnson, Jr., 1964. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 217 (MDAH Collection)

Inaugural parade of Martin S. Connor, January 19, 1932. Call Number: PI/STA/C66.6, item 3 (MDAH Collection)

Inaugural parade of Martin S. Connor, January 19, 1932. Call Number: PI/STA/C66.6, item 3 (MDAH Collection)

Governor Martin S. Connor rides in an open convertible during his inaugural parade down Capitol Street on January 19, 1932. Mrs. Conner is seated beside him and spectators line street.

Female drill team at Ross Barnett's inaugural parade, January 21, 1960. Call Number: PI/COL/1982.0142, item 27 (MDAH Collection)

Female drill team at Ross Barnett's inaugural parade, January 21, 1960. Call Number: PI/COL/1982.0142, item 27 (MDAH Collection)

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Mississippi inaugurated a new governor and other state officials last week. This series brings you historic photographs of past inauguration ceremonies, inaugural parades, and inaugural balls from the MDAH collection.

Governor Hugh White's inauguration, January 22, 1952. Call Number: PI/COL/1982.0016, item 305 (MDAH Collection)

Governor Hugh L. White's inauguration, January 22, 1952. Call Number: PI/COL/1982.0016, item 305 (MDAH Collection)

Inauguration of James P. Coleman, 1956. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 211 (MDAH Collection)

Inauguration of James P. Coleman, 1956. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 211 (MDAH Collection)

Governor James P. Coleman's inauguration, 1956. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 214 (MDAH Collection)

Governor James P. Coleman's inauguration, 1956. Shankle Collection. Call Number: PI/COL/1981.0066, item 214 (MDAH Collection)

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