Out of the Museum

Hopefully readers won’t be stumped next week

By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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Where: Beermann Plaza at 640 5th St.

When: Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Free: Donations always accepted

This week was the first time in several weeks that no one had the answer to what the mystery man was holding.

Hopefully, readers know what this week’s mystery item pictured here is and will send in answers by next Tuesday to

Serendipitous moment at the Lincoln Area Archives Museum

Last week’s mystery item had two questions: who is the beloved man in the photo and what is he holding?

The mystery item was a vintage glass eye-wash cup. The first eye-wash cup patents appeared in the first quarter of the 20th century, according to Lincoln Area Archives Museum docents. 

The cups were of various shapes, sizes, materials and colors. The plain glass cups seem to be the most plentiful. They also came in cobalt, greens, pinks, yellows and other colors.   Some eye-wash cups were of porcelain, metal and milk glass.

As museum docents were staging the picture of last week’s mystery item, former Lincolnite and highly-respected owner/pharmacist of the former Lincoln Pharmacy, Mel Lewis, and his family walked into the museum.

As the mystery item was part of the pharmacy display at the museum, Mel agreed to the docents’ request to take part in the weekly picture.  As the picture was taken, Mel laughed and said he shared his copy of The News Messenger with his neighbor in Oregon weekly and that his picture would surprise his friend.

Mel said to say hi to all who knew him when he operated Lincoln Pharmacy and Live Stock Supplies on G Street (now Lincoln Boulevard).

Running into Mel just shows that you never know what or who you will see at the nonprofit Lincoln Area Archives Museum at 640 Fifth St. in downtown Lincoln.