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Sulphur Springs Public Library


611 N. Davis St.
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482

Last Updated: September 24, 2020


About Sulphur Springs Public Library

First, the Leo St. Clair Music Box Collection takes you on a magical journey through the wonderful world of music boxes. One of the largest of its kind, the collection ranges from the antique and unique to the commonplace. Leo St.Clair served in the U.S. Navy during both the first and second World Wars, and the Korean conflict. It was during his military service that his interest in music boxes began, when the Queen of Belgium presented him with a box that is still the star of the collection. The displays not only celebrate his interest in music boxes, but his service to his country and fellow man. Once owned by movie stars and soldiers, the famous and the unknown, the collection is a delightful trip for young and old, through time and imagination. Second, the Sinclair Collection of World War II memorabilia documents the activities of the T-Patchers—the Texas National Guard during World War II. The collection follows Buddy and Katy Sinclair through their wartime activities with photographs, letters, and documents. Buddy and his T-Patch comrades went through training and on to Anzio, Italy. Katy stayed behind and became a Rosie the Riveter, working in the defense industry. Before and after the war, Katy and Buddy enjoyed life, and that included good times with friends. Katy's collection of menus, wine lists and swizzle sticks highlights the pleasure they took in all aspects of their life. Photographs show not only the maturing of two people, but the evolution of fashion in clothing, automobiles, residential and restaurant décor. This collection is about people who were not famous, but were intimately involved in events that changed the world. Through it, those who didn't live that life can experience what it was like, and those who were there with them can remember.


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