Official Nebraska Government Website Nebraska State Historical Society

Weird Nebraska Decline in Armadillo Population Linked to Fashionable Basket Increase 


Armadillo baskets became popular after the 1902 New York World's Fair, where they were first exhibited by Charles Apelt, owner of the Apelt Armadillo Company (and Farm) in Texas. Apelt marketed these curios around the country and they made their way into many Nebraska homes. This one came from the collection of Emil Dahl, of Lincoln. A note with the basket reads, "Brother didn't know what an armadillo was. Sister wanted it for a doll cradle. Father thought it was awful, but Mother said how sweet it was that Aunt Maud remembered the family."


Armadillo Basket
Source: Emil Dahl, Lincoln, 5006


 

first page back next

 

 

 


NSHS Home  |  Search  |  Index  |  Top  |  Back  |  Next

http://www.nebraskahistory.org/sites/mnh/weird_nebraska/decline_in_armadillo.htm
Last updated 26 February 2007  

For questions or comments on the website itself, email nshs.web@nebraska.gov
Nebraska State Historical Society - P.O. Box 82554, 1500 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68501
Nebraska State Government Homepage
 |  Website Policies  |  © 2009 All Rights Reserved