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Foley cookie dropper

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Foley cookie dropper

Stainless steel kitchen tool designed to drop portions of cookie batter onto a baking sheet.  The dropper is stainless steel with tong-like handles at one end and a polygonal spatulate shape at the other end.  Manufactured by the Foley Company of Minneapolis between 1950 and 1964.

For details, view the cookie dropper in our online collections database.

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No Leap Year in 1862! Search Civil War Objects – February 29, 1862

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

While there was no leap day in 1862, 150 years later we find ourselves on February 29th.  What better day to explore Civil War materials otherwise untapped in the Daybook?

  • To browse images of the Minnesota Historical Society’s Civil War collections, including over 400 photographs and over 900 objects, go to Collections Online .

Items in the above image are as follows, left to right:

  • Burnside Third Model .52 caliber percussion carbine:  ID Number 6988.13
  • General George B. McClellan with staff: Location no. E425.12 p45
  • 7th Minnesota campaign chest :  ID Number 2118.H421
  • A regimental winter camp:  Location no. E425.11 m1
  • General Abercrombie and staff:  Location no. E425.12 p4
  • “Darby” handcuffs:  ID Number 3624.H502
  • Confederate currency from South Carolina:  ID Number 1976.84.3
  • Civil War hardtack:  ID Number 7559.1
  • Buck-and-ball .69 caliber cartridge:  ID Number 1993.3.56
  • Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia: Location no. E425.11 p30
  • Tiffany adaptation of a US Army Model 1850 sword:  ID Number 2005.35.1.A,B
  • Steam frigate, flagship of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron: Location no. E425.11 m8

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Contact print

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Contact print

Contact print made by amateur photographer Sadie Ray circa 1908.  Ray appears at left in the first image on the second row, along with her husband, Elmer, and daughter, Emma.  The Ray family lived in St. Paul and Excelsior, Minnesota.

Watch the podcast What a Picture is Worth:  The Sadie and Emma Ray Photography Collection for more information about the Rays and the dozens of photographs taken by mother and daughter.  To view additional pictures, visit our online collections database.

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“A Soldier’s Acknowledgement,” and “Our Army Correspondence,” St. Paul Pioneer and Democrat – February 28, 1862

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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What a Picture is Worth: The Sadie and Emma Ray Photography Collection

Monday, February 27th, 2012

When genealogists set out to piece together the lives of their research subjects, they often concentrate on text-based sources like letters, city directories and vital records. But photographs also provide a wealth of information about the lives of the people they capture, and can be used to fill in gaps in written histories. The Sadie and Emma Ray Photography Collection takes viewers on a tour through 25 years of one Minnesota family’s life at the beginning of the twentieth century, its images offering an emotional depth that can be hard to find in a birth certificate or census form.

 
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Vinyl record hat

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Vinyl record hat

Hat made and worn by Maurice Carlton at special events hosted by the Inner City Youth League of Saint Paul, Minnesota in the 1980s. The wide-brimmed, boater-style hat has a red vinyl phonograph record for a crown, black cardboard sides, and a black vinyl record for a brim. Its top has a paper disc with a black and white photograph of the maker wearing one of his art hats, as well as a photo of the Youth League building. The sides of the hat have cut-out black and white photographs of children playing musical instruments. There is a band of green plastic tape around the top edge and diagonal stripes of red, green and black tape next to the brim. The hat’s interior is corrugated cardboard.

For details, view the hat in our online collections database.

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“The War,” and “The Latest News,” Taylor Falls Reporter – February 27, 1862

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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“Local Affairs,” and “Latest News,” St. Paul Press – February 26, 1862

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

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Letter to Ramsey from Van Cleve regarding the flag given by the Loyal Ladies of Louisville; Van Cleve’s reply to the LLL – February 25, 1862

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Letter from Colonel Horatio P. Van Cleve to Governor Ramsey regarding a flag presented to the 2nd Minnesota Regiment. Also included is a letter from Van Cleve to Nannette B. Smith. The flag was featured in the Daybook on February 3rd, as was a February 17th letter from Nannette B. Smith to Van Cleve.

“Louisville, Ky February 25th 1862
His Excellency Alex Ramsey Governor of Minnesota
Sir When the 2nd Minnesota passed through Louisville, the Loyal Ladies of Louisville presented them with a beautiful flag, inscribed – 2nd Minnesota, Mill Spring, Presented by the loyal Ladies of Louisville,
I enclose copies of a letter accompanying the flag with my answer.
I have the honor to be Very Respectfully You Most Obt Servant
H. P. Van Cleve Col 2nd Minnesota”


Citation: February 25, 1862 Letter from Colonel Horatio P. Van Cleve. Letters Received–2nd Regiment. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives. Minnesota Historical Society.

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Moccasins

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Moccasins

Pair of sinew-sewn leather moccasins with rawhide soles lined in blue cloth. The moccasins are decorated with glass seed beads arranged in a geometric design and feature heel seam fringe, leather thong tie closure, and a split tongue with attached metal tinkler cones and remnants of red feathers.  Predominant colors are white, blue, rose red, green, and orange.  Created circa 1900; possibly Dakota.

For details, view the moccasins in our online collections database.

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