Archeology: Finding Treasures in Trash

It may not be glamorous, but archeologists learn a lot from analyzing the trash left behind by previous occupants of a site. What was left behind can tell us about what people ate, what they purchased, and what they used in their daily lives. Click on the image to see what you can learn about what was found at the Sam Rayburn House.

Private: Behind the Ropes – Midden
Gillette Adjustable Razor Zipper pull

Gillette Adjustable Razor

The Gillette Big Fellow marks a unique time in the world's history, and Gillette being the prime example of an opportunistic marketer decided to capitalize. World War I has ended and soldiers are returning home to an economy that is on fire with production, but desperate for workers. The casualties from WWI have created a demand and blue collar positions were paying top dollar. This created a booming middle class and finally these workers were able to have discretionary income.

Zipper pull

It was a long way up for the humble zipper, the mechanical wonder that has kept our lives "together" in many ways. The zipper was invented with the work of several dedicated inventors, though none convinced the general public to accept the zipper as part of everyday life. It was the magazine and fashion industry that made the novel zipper the popular item it is today.

Learn about the history of the zipper