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1964 Hollywood Vassarette Munsingwear Sales Promotion Kit

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Today, the “Penguin” golf shirt may be Munsingwear’s most recognized creation, but underwear was the company’s foundation. From 1890-1980, Munsingwear produced innovative undergarments, including the union suit and silk plated wool, for men, women, and children.

The Hollywood Vassarette division, established in 1958, specialized in women’s fashionable coordinated undergarments. This colorful sales promotion kit represents Munsingwear’s commitment to producing undergarments to complement a season’s trends and to create a desired silhouette. The 1964 sales promotion kit folder contains four full-color advertisements, a full-color foldout with merchandise display suggestions, and an illustrated booklet,  “A Re-cap of Our Fashion Notebook for Spring-Summer, 1964”, describing the current trends.


Sales Promotion Kit: Hollywood Vassarette, 1963. Munsingwear, Inc. Records. Minnesota Historical Society.

An online inventory for the Munsingwear collection is available at http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/00206.xml

Sehri Strom, Collections Assistant


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Michael J. Dowling Silent Film

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to make available a silent film clip featuring Michael J. Dowling (1866-1921). Dowling, a Minnesota politician, newspaper publisher, businessmen, and spokesperson for those with physical disabilities lost both legs, most of one arm and part of another to frostbite when he was young. During and after World War I Dowling crusaded for the rehabilitation of veterans disabled during the war. This film clip, first shown at a meeting of the American Medical Association in 1918, graphically demonstrates how Mr. Dowling was able to function very successfully in spite of his handicap. He is shown driving a car, traveling, and conducting regular business operations. This film when fully cataloged will become part of the Dowling family papers and available for research use in the MHS Library.

A quote from Mr. Dowling after the film premiere: “Now, an arm being gone is a mere bagatelle, two arms don’t amount to anything, and I can assure you from personal experience that it doesn’t mean anything to have both legs and both hands gone. There is just as much fun in living. What the so-called cripple needs is not charity but a chance.”

Duane Swanson
Manuscripts Curator

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Grasshopper bait

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Grasshopper bait

Works Progress Administration workers mix grasshopper bait each summer for distribution to farmers by county agents.

1937
Location no. SA4.9 r135
Negative no. WPA7778

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List of weapons ordered – June 24, 1861

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Citation: Daybook, Quartermaster General, 1861-63, p. 200. Minnesota. Office of the Adjutant General. Military Service Records, Civil War. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

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Bloomer diary entry describing the company’s arrival at Huntington – June 23, 1861

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Diary entry by Samuel Bloomer, a soldier from the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Regiment.

“The most interesting event that happened to day was our arrival at Huntington which place we reached about eight oclock in the morning. Upon cars stopping we were surprised the have the inhabitants rush to us with Baskets and trays loaded down with fresh bread and Butter cakes and pies together with coffee, tea and milk all that we could eate and drink and then filled our Canteens with the same good article . And all the notice that they had of our  coming was a telegraph dispatch about 20 minutes but low in that short time they were ready to meet us with there abundance of good things. That place will never by forgotten by the 1st Minnesota Regt. Vol and especially Co. B. “nor will the many pretty girls be forgotten”


Citation: June 23 Entry, Diary , May 28- July 4, 1861. Vol. 1. Samuel Bloomer Papers. Minnesota Historical Society.

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Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians license plate

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians license plate

Metal, rectangular license plate for Red Lake Band of Chippewa. Embossed lettering in white denotes this plate was issued in 1978 and reads “RED LAKE BAND / R/ L / 0000 / CHIPPEWA INDIANS MN.” A profile of a man in a headdress facing left is also embossed in white. The Red Lake Band was the first tribe in the United States to issue tribal auto license plates. Plates with numbers “0000″ were never issued for use, but made to be sold to license plate collectors.

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Woman’s bicycle boots

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Woman's bicycle boots

Ladies high lace-up bicycle boots. The boots are made of leather and black fabric with metal hooks and buckles. The leather sole of each boot is stamped with the manufacturer’s logo:  “HEFFELFINGER” over three intersecting bicycle wheels. Made by the North Star Shoe Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the 1890s and worn by Miss Vivian Grace Gibson of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Miss Gibson became an attorney in 1929, practiced law (by griffiths at dress head), ran for City Council and became a land patent attorney for the State of Minnesota in 1943.

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Bloomer diary entry – June 22, 1861

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

“About 7 o-clock AM. we arrived [?] where the R. R. Co gave us a first rate breakfast at which Co B. come at first Best. Owing to the large number to be fed arrangements had been made for them all to eat standing up except officers for whom a table had been prepared on which a great many extras had been placed. Those who had charge of the dining Room to send the officers to their tables as fast as they came in. They would know them by their blue coats and brass buttons, as our co marched in dressed in the regulation uniforms that we got at Ridgley. As fast as we came in the waiters rushed to us and led us to the tables prepared for the officers.  He taking us to be officers. “a good mistake that was for us”. Well we set down and did our best in doing justice to the eatables and all enjoying the joke”[?]” while the officers had to stand up and eat of the 2nd class table “which was good enough for them”

See whole original diary entry: 1861-06-22

See whole transcription: 1861-06-22_transcription

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Nicollet Ave. Station Trainmen

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Nicollet Ave. Station Trainmen

Photos of trainmen for the Nicollet Ave. streetcar station, circa 1919.

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Bloomer diary entry describing trip down Minnesota River – June 21, 1861

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

“When orders were read for us to be up by two o-clock in the morning so as to have our breakfast by and have everything ready to leave by four. To have divine service at 10 after 4 and march at five a.m. or rather imbark on the boats. I for one did not sleep any during the night as I had some writing to do after which I laid down a short time but had not got to sleep when Revelle beat from the top of one of the Bastions. Every thing was bustle and excitment. We left Fort Snelling in time to arrive in St. Paul by seven o-clock. The Regt with the acception of Co. A who had not yet arrived from Fort Ripley was divided into two detachments. Companies B, C, D, and E under Lieut Col Miller were embarked on the war Eagle for prairie du chien and the remaining five Co’s under Col. Gorman on the Northern Belle for La Cross to meet again in chicago.”

See whole entry: 1861-06-21

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