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“Local Affairs,” The Saint Paul Daily Press – April 30, 1861.

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

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Pince-nez eyeglasses and case

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Pince-nez spectacles and case

Pince-nez eyeglasses worn by Minnesota Governor John A. Johnson. Pince-nez are eyeglasses clipped to the bridge of the nose. The lenses of these spectacles are joined at the center by a “C” shaped bridge. The spectacles are accompanied by a hinged sterling silver case lined with purple velvet. The case is engraved with a floral motif and the words “GOVERNOR / JOHN A. JOHNSON” on the front. John A. Johnson was the first Minnesota-born governor of the state and the first to die in office.

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Certificate, George Boyd – April 29, 1861

Friday, April 29th, 2011

This certificate, dated April 29, 1861, indicates that George Boyd achieved the rank of Sergeant in Company C of the First Regiment of Minnesota Volunteers.

See the whole: 1861-04-29

From the George Boyd and Family Papers, Minnesota Historical Society.

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Great Northern Railroad toy train

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Great Northern Railroad toy train engine

Great Northern Railroad toy train Pullman car

This engine and Pullman car are just two of  a set of seven wooden train cars donated by the Great Northern Railroad Company in the 1950s. Each car is approximately two feet in length, measuring nearly 14 feet in total when all are hooked together.

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“Military Movements,” The Saint Paul Daily Press – April 28, 1861.

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

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Cat salt and pepper shakers

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Cat salt and pepper shakers

Three piece cat and kitten ceramic bobble-head salt and pepper shakers. The two cat heads have cylindrical bases that fit into the cat body stand. Manufacturer unknown. Circa 1950-1975.

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“The Spirit of Minnesota,” The Saint Paul Daily Press – April 27, 1861

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

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‘Daisy Duke’ outfit from hip-hop shop

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

'Daisy Duke' outfit from hip-hop shop'Daisy Duke' outfit from hip-hop shop

Fashion trends have a tendency to come and go. A prime example is this “Daisy Duke” ensemble, retailed at the M.R. Hip Hop Shop in Minneapolis in 1994. Patterned after the cut-off denim shorts made famous by actress Catherine Bach on the early 1980s television hit The Dukes of Hazzard, the look made a brief resurgence in the mid-1990s, primarily due to the massive success of the hit single “Dazzey Duks” by hip hop artist Duice in 1993.

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“Important from Montgomery,” The Weekly Pioneer and Democrat – April 26, 1861

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

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‘Wheat Harvest’ by Max Arthur Cohn

Monday, April 25th, 2011

'Wheat Harvest’ by Max Arthur Cohn

‘Wheat Harvest’ by Max Arthur Cohn
Screenprint on paper
Gift of the Crump Family in Memory of Bob and Pat Kennedy Crump.

Max Cohn spent most of his career in New York City, having studied at the Art Students League in New York during the 1920s. Although it is indicative of subject matter and style from the 1930s (during the 1950s and onward he shifted towards abstraction), “Wheat Harvest” was most likely produced during the 1990s, as he returned to and re-worked early subject matter. The print is signed “MAX ARTHUR COHN” at lower right on image.

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