This week, the Ohio History Connection Collections Blog reached a milestone, marking its 700th post. To celebrate, we looked through our collections for objects that have a connection to the number 700.
The first object has 700 in its catalog number – the number that is assigned to an object, connecting the physical object with the record associated with it. H 15700 is a 1920s necklace worn by the First Lady Florence Harding. The necklace measures 20 inches and is made of brownish-green celluloid beads and seven celluloid elephants of varying sizes. Florence fiercely supported her husband, Warren G. Harding, in his political career and was photographed wearing this necklace in his successful 1920 presidential campaign. The Harding Memorial Association donated the elephant necklace to the Ohio History Connection in 1979.
The number 700 is part of the history of the second chosen object (H 84415). This wool U.S. flag has 34 white stars on blue in four rows of eight, with an additional star inserted between the first and second rows and third and forth rows, respectively. The thirteen red and white stripes complete the national flag. This flag served as the national colors for the Black Brigade of Cincinnati, which written on the middle white stripe. The Black Brigade was comprised of 700 African-American men who were rounded up by the police in Cincinnati on September 2, 1862, to build fortifications near the border between Ohio and Kentucky. At this time, Cincinnati was under martial law and on September 1st, all men were ordered to help defend the city against possible Southern attack. After three weeks of fortification-building, the Black Brigade was released from service. Many of the 700 men of the Black Brigade later served in the first Union African-American regiments, the 54th and 55th Massachusetts and the 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. This flag and other objects related to the Black Brigade of Cincinnati are an important part of Ohio’s history. Check out these past collections blog posts for more on the men of the Black Brigade:
Milestones and objects are exciting and worth celebrating. We look forward to celebrating another 700 blog posts!
Caitlin Smith, History Collections Intern