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If these objects could talk ... 'Secret Lives' at Chicago History Museum

If these objects could talk ... 'Secret Lives' at Chicago History Museum

Nathan Leopold's eyeglasses, eyewitness to an infamous murder — and evidence of it. Ann Landers' typewriter, conduit for common-sense advice. Booth One at the Pump Room, marker of status and coddler of scores of celebrity posteriors. The terrific new exhibition "The Secret Lives of Objects" at the Chicago History Museum demonstrates once again how fruitful it can be to send curators back into the vaults. At a place with a solid collection, they're going to come up with items as compelling as the ones mentioned above. When museums do these type of look-what-we've-got shows, it's almost always fascinating. They remind visitors that there's a...

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