March 24, 2017

Featured Source: Nicknames of the States

Nicknames of the states.

H.W. Hill & Co. Decatur Illinois sole manufacturer of Hill’s hog ringers. “Nicknames of the states.” C 1884. Library of Congress Popular Graphic Arts collection.

Which states/territories were not given nicknames? How many states are represented on this? Are there any U.S. states not found on this map?

How much would it have cost for you to buy this map in 1884? Why is there an image of one or more pigs on every state?

Use these state primary source collections to find out more about one of these states and its nickname. What did you learn?

What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know!

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