This is a cropped broadside for the Museum Wagon.
In the 1890s, J. W. Sperry of Weeping Willow, Nebraska, created a Museum on Wagon Wheels depicting paintings of the Civil War. He toured Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota and the Dakotas. Sperry
was a Civil War veteran enlisted in Company H of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry.
At each stop of the tour, Sperry would "erect an enclosure of canvas sheeting" and charged 5 and 10 cents admission to his "War" museum. Four
pairs of special viewers were installed on the side on the Museum Wagon. A boy was hired at each stop to turn a crank at the end of the wagon creating a moving show of seven Civil War scenes. Civil war artifacts were collected by Sperry and displayed
in the traveling museum wagons.
This information is from the 1967 newspaper article 'Museum' of J.W. Sperry of Weeping Water Fair Feature,
The Plattsmouth Journal (Plattsmouth, Nebraska), Aug 28, 1967. The museum wagon was to be displayed at the Weeping Water Fair in 1967. Thank you to Ron Easterday, from the Magic Lantern Society of the US and Canada, for sending this newspaper article