Archive for May, 2012
Univac II computer built in 1955. The section pictured is only part of the Univac II; additional parts included a walk-in processor and over 7,000 vacuum tubes. Parts of the Univac I, built in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the 1940s, were recycled for this subsequent model. In 1955, it was the only computer that could read, write, and compute simultaneously without the help of extra equipment.
Long-line bra with whirlpool-style stitched cups, hook-and-eye adjustable back closure, and self fabric shoulder straps. Made in 1950 by Hollywood Maxwell Company, which was acquired in 1958 by Munsingwear Incorporated, a company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Druggist’s balance scale used at Finch’s Drug Store in Hastings, Minnesota in the 1870s. The scale is housed within a rectangular wooden box with cut corners. The box is painted black and has a removable, broken marble top that has been repaired. The box’s eight balance pegs are designed to hold and balance medicine trays. Its front contains an alcoved glass window with a brass cover and interior plate which reads “PORTEE 10 K.” The scale mechanisms within the box are painted green.
Birch bark makak (basket) with floral embroidery made by Rebecca LaFromboise of Redby, Minnesota. The basket is assembled with basswood (linden) lacing. The exterior edging consists of four evenly spaced birch bark triangles laced to the rim and secured under wood strip reinforcements. The front wall face of the basket is decorated with a floral motif featuring a three-petal flower, one leaf and three curled stem extensions. The motif is embroidered with dyed porcupine quills in shades of red, yellow, light green and dark green.
A card in the basket includes this statement by the artist:
When our Ojibwe ancestor’s [sic] came out of The Big Woods [of] Minnesota and Wisconsin 250 years ago and migrated west onto the Northern Plains of the Dakota’s, they brought with them the ancient art form of birchbark work. These decorative baskets were used for utilitarian purposes. The bark is white birch, the rim is made of ash, and the twine is bass wood fiber. We call these baskets Wigizi Mokok (Birchbark baskets). I and my family are Chippewa from the Turtle MT. Band and reside in Dunseith, N.D. at the heart of Turtle Island, enjoy Megwetch (Thank You).
For details, view the makak in our online collections database.
Letter from Captain Jacob J. Noah of the 2nd Minnesota Regiment, Company K, to Governor Ramsey regarding the delivery of a flag presented to the regiment by the Loyal Ladies of Louisville. See Daybook entries from February 3rd, 17th and 25th, also regarding this flag.
“Louisville, Kentucky May 22nd 1862
Governor: At the request of Brig. Gen. Van Cleve, I have the honor to forward to you the Flag presented to our Regiment by the loyal ladies of Louisville, for preservation in the archives of our State.
It was carried on the march, and the rain has somewhat injured its color. –
Private George S. Sholes Jr, of my company who returned home, discharged on account of Liver disease contracted in the service, has the distinguished honor of bearing this Banner to your Excellency. He fought bravely at the battle of “Mill Springs” and I commend him to your favorable consideration.
I am very respectfully
Your obt serv’t J. J. Noah Capt. 2d Minn. Vols.”