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Auto Race

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Auto Race

Today I present one of my favorite photographs in the collection, showing a racecar in action during the 1916 Minnesota State Fair. The distortion you see was caused by the focal-plane shutter not being fast enough to capture the fast-moving car. This type of distortion is most famously seen in Jacque Henri Lartigue’s photograph of a racecar in 1912. A detailed explanation about what caused the distortion can be found here.

For details, view this photograph in our collections database.

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Letter from James Woodbury of the 9th Minnesota Infantry, Company C, to his wife, Amanda, about reenlisting in the Army – January 26, 1864

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Partial transcription of the letter:

Jefferson City, Mo, Jan 26th/64
Dearest Wife
[… page 2] There is still a good deal of talk about reenlisting [.]  I think there will be quite a number in our company that will and some think half of the company will but I cannot say how many will do so but this much I do know[;] that is that one man cant count out twenty Dollar gold pieces enough in one day to hire me to enlist again. […]
From your ever true and loving husband
J. [SN]. Woodbury


See entire letter here: 1864-01-26_Woodbury_combined

Citation:  January 26, 1864 Letter from James N. Woodbury to Amanda, letters to Amanda Woodbury, March 1863-May 1864. Diary and miscellaneous letters and papers, 1862-1908. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1091]

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Diary entries by Matthew Marvin – January 25, 1864

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin is convalescing at the United States Marine Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. On January 20 he writes of his wounded foot: “Took another small piece of bone out of my wound”.  Marvin’s endless days in the hospital are interrupted only by the infrequent visitor and countless letters. On January 25 Marvin simply writes: Weather pleasant.

See week’s worth of entries: 1864-01-25_Marvin_combined

Citation:  January 19-26, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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Blanket Toss

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Blanket Toss

The Saint Paul Athletic Club blanket toss team practicing during the 1948 St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on January 30, 1948.

For details, view this photograph in our collections database.

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Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery of the 7th Minnesota, writing from St. Louis, Missouri – January 24, 1864

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Montgomery joined a local militia in 1861 and enlisted with Company K of the 7th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment in 1862.After a year on the Minnesota and Dakota frontiers during and after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, the regiment moved south to the District of St. Louis, where it would remain until April, 1864.

January, SUNDAY, 24, 1864.
Mild, but very muddy,
Necessitated to work at making out the Comp’y Muster Rolls, assisted by Lieut More.
A laughable occurrence took place by the “farkies” running off the premises, a person looking for slaves. Genl Pile shortly after came up and was much displeased at the occurrence.
Receipted for 4 Company Books received from [Dr] Mr Laughlin. Saw L.S.H. Harrison.
The negroes who have all been slaves enjoy themselves in singing and praying at night &c.
Made out a Roll of the [Co.] of unmustered men and sick in Hospital, 2 taken to Hospital today. Reading &c.


See details about Montgomery’s service and his papers.

Citation:  January 24, 1864 Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers, undated, 1847-2011 (bulk 1863-1890). Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]

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“The News,” and “Fort Ridgely Correspondence,” Rochester City Post – Januray 23, 1864

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

“The News,” and “Fort Ridgely Correspondence,” Rochester City Post. Januray 23, 1864.

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Winter Carnival Hat

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Winter Carnival Hat

The St. Paul Winter Carnival starts today! In earlier editions the Carnival and especially the parades were an opportunity for local businesses to advertise. Often, this took the form of company clubs that would dress up in blanket-cloth uniforms and participate in all sorts of activities. This hat has buttons from 1962, 1965, 1977, 1978, 1955, 1949, 1941 and 1954 pinned to the brim. It forms part of a uniform worn by St. Paul Gas and Light company employees.

For details, view this hat in our collections database.


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Fleck’s Beer Salt and Pepper Set

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Fleck's Beer Salt and Pepper Set

Fleck’s Beer salt and pepper shaker set. Two deep brown glass miniature beer bottles with crown-type metal caps. Each has a neck band that read reads “Felsenkeller / FLECK’S Brau” with a tiny insignia for “FLECKS BEER.” The larger label shows wooden kegs, a circular insignia for “FLECKS / BEER” and the text “STRONG BEER / BREWED & BOTTLED BY / Ernst Fleckenstein Brewing Co. / FARIBAULT, MINN.” circa 1930-50.

For details, view this set in our collections database.

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Letter from Colonel C.C. Andrews to Elizabeth Caleff Bowler regarding injuries her husband, James Madison Bowler, sustained while attending the circus in Little Rock, Arkansas – January 22, 1864

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Head Quarters, Post of Little Rock, Arkansas, Jan. 22, 1864
Mrs. J. M. Bowler
Ninninger, Minn.
I write at the request of your husband to inform you of the accident he met with day before yesterday evening.  At my request he accompanied me to the circus that evening, also in company with Maj. Foster and Capt Vanstram of our regiment. We had barely taken our seats in the crowded audience, when the seats on the whole of one side of the circus gave way, and hundreds of people fell with the frame works to the ground.  Your husband was sitting close beside me, and remarked as soon as we were thrown down that his leg was broken.  It indeed proved true.  His right leg was broken a few inches above the ankle. Our surgeon Dr. Wedge happened to be near by. Gen. Steele’s ambulance was also at hand and he was immediately by the kind aid of numerous friends who in a minute were by his side, placed in the carriage and taken to our quarters. His leg was soon set by Dr. Wedge aided by Dr. Greely. And I am happy to say he is getting along very well. It is not a bad break, and will not confine him more than five weeks it is thought.  I believe he will be able to go home with the regiment which will perhaps go in the course of a month.  He could then be moved upon a steamboat undoubtedly without any trouble.
He has frequently mentioned you and has expressed a desire to be at home; but he has however been as cheerful as usual. Still he of course suffered considerable pain at times. You may be sure he will have every attention that can possibly be furnished—the attention even of affectionate friends. He will have you informed frequently how he gets along.
I have the honor to be
Very respectfully
C.C. Andrews, Col etc.
I expect I shall not detail any one in his place, on the theory that he is equal to any one else as he is; though of course he is not troubled with any duty.

[Typed transcript below; original is in MNHS Collection but not scanned.]

Citation: January 22, 1864, Letter from Colonel C.C. Andrews to Mrs. J. M. Bowler, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330]

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2nd State Capitol in 1885

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

2nd State Capitol in 1885

A stereoview of the second Minnesota State Capitol building. Hastily completed in 1883 after the first capitol was destroyed in a fire, this building was deemed much too small for the quickly growing state.

For details, view this photograph in our collections database.

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