JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Employees at the Missouri State Museum in Jefferson City say they got a big, early Christmas present this year.

Since July, they have been sorting through 46 boxes of memorabilia from the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

Two brothers, Melvin and Ronald Getlan, donated the items to the museum after they retired. The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that they believe their father worked in the amusement park business, and that’s how he came to have the collection.

Linda Endersby, the museum’s acting director, says the collection includes such things as tiny buttons, tea cups, and one of the 300 swords made for security workers at the fair.

The museum plans to exhibit the collection in 2014.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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