The stuff in museums might start off as ground-breaking, earth-moving, red-blooded, usable objects. It works hard. With the occasional day off. It suffers injuries and gets patched up. People coach it and cheer it on. They complain when it’s not there and miss it when it’s gone.

One day, it’s work is done. It goes into quiet retirement and if lucky, gets to rest behind a glass cage at the museum. Some museum visitors peer into the glass cage and see it as the milestones of our history. Others simply see a beautiful abstract object. A piece of art from a vibrant industrial culture…

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