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‘Happy New Year, 1886′

Friday, December 31st, 2010

'Happy New Year, 1886'

Postcard wishing a happy New Year from the Joliet, Illinois Whist Club, showing photographs of Fred C. Wilcox, J. A. Doolittle, Sanger Steel, Lou H. Hyde, Ed. S. Munroe, and J. H. Breckenridge. Dated 1886.

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New Year’s card from Viet Nam

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

New Year's card from Viet Nam

New Year’s card consists of faux woodgrain card stock. Front of card reads “Happy New Year” in red calligraphy. Cut out rectangular window contains a satin textile of pale green groundcloth and shows a woman with crossed legs sitting on a dock over a body of water, wearing a hat and a red top. Above her, branches with green foliage extend out over the water. Above one of the branches is an image of a red hut. Inside of card contains a thin sheet of folded paper with printed lettering that reads “Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” with eight Vietnamese characters surround the printed greeting. Dated December, 1967.

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‘Celebrate New Year’s Eve’ handbill

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

'Celebrate New Year's Eve' handbill

“Celebrate NEW YEAR’S EVE with the Credjafawn Social Club at the Minneapolis Coliseum.” Credjafawn was a black recreational club founded in 1928. This printed handbill is circa 1930-1940.

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Handbill for Replacements, Hüsker Dü, New Years Eve show

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Handbill for Replacements, Hüsker Dü, New Years Eve show

Letter size white paper handbill typeset with cartoon illustration of exploding “Champagne ‘82″ bottle & glass, martini glass, balloons, choreography chart with footprints. “NEW YEARS EVE AT Goofys upper deck…dance until you can’t dance no more! ” E Productions, hand-lettered, Minneapolis, MN,  31 December 1981.

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‘Trim Twist, The Executive Exerciser’

Monday, December 27th, 2010

'Trim Twist, The Executive Exerciser'

Do seasonal social gatherings and holiday dinner parties leave you feeling bloated and weighed down? Is your figure closer in resemblance to Santa’s than to Sarah Palin’s? Never fear, the solution is here! Heave those heaping hips, bust those bulging thighs and twist your way to a tighter tush with the 1968 Trim Twist Executive Exerciser! Constructed of sturdy, heavy pressed board and mounted on a metal turning mechanism, the Trim Twist will have you digging out those old Chubby Checker 45’s and Twisting the Day Away! Designed to fit snugly underneath the desk in your cubicle!

'Trim Twist, The Executive Exerciser''Trim Twist, The Executive Exerciser'

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Minneapolis “Christmas City” button

Friday, December 24th, 2010


Minneapolis “Christmas City” button. Round pinback button is white with green border. Illustration of Christmas tree at center. Green text reads “MINNEAPOLIS BRIGHTEST / Christmas City.”  Circa 1930-50.

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Toy cart with Santa blocks

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Toy cart with Santa blocks

Toy horse-drawn cart carrying a set of twelve blocks, each piece made of flat wood stock to which is glued printed paper. The blocks form a picture of ‘Santa Claus’ on one side, while the other may be arranged to show the letters A to X in sequence (block “YZ” excluded), each block showing a pair of letters below a picture of a child or an animal engaged in child’s activity. Manufacturer unknown, circa 1895.

Toy cart with Santa blocksToy cart with Santa blocks

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

A Charlie Brown Christmas

By Lee Mendelson, published in 2000 by Morrow; donated by Alan Woolworth.

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Poppin’ Fresh Party Lights

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Poppin' Fresh party lights

Poppin’ Fresh Party Lights, Pillsbury Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Made in China, circa 1999.

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A hot, steaming fruit cake….

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Christmas Comes But Once a Year

Advertising blotter, International Flours, International Milling Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1949.

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An Ounce of Preservation: A Guide to the Care of Papers and Photographs