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New Bikes

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Two youngsters win new bikes before a baseball game between the St. Paul Saints and Louisville on May 12, 1951.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database.

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Toy Hardware Store

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

A “My Merry Hardware Store” that includes Scott’s grass seed, watering can, shovel, Soilax household cleaner, scrub brush, Windex, sponge, broom, paint roller, ruler and Scotch sandpaper. Copyright 1959 Merry Manufacturing Co., Cincinnati, Ohio.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this toy in our collections database.

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“Sir Rodney”

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

“Hitting .300 is almost like a cause, a campaign.”
–Rod Carew’s Art and Science of Hitting, 1986

“Keep your eye on the ball and hit’em where they ain’t.”  So went the mantra of 1890s right fielder William “Wee Willie” Keeler, perhaps baseball’s greatest place hitter.  In 1964, more than half a century after Keeler retired, the Minnesota Twins signed a 19-year-old Panamanian who would rival Wee Willie’s wizardry with the bat. Rod Carew made his big league debut as a second baseman with the Twins in 1967, hitting .292 and winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award.  Carew had 12 stellar seasons with Minnesota, culminating with a career-high .388 batting average in 1977.  In 1979 he was traded to the California Angels and led the team to two division titles before retiring in 1985.  With a lifetime .328 average and 3,053 hits, Carew was a sure bet for baseball’s Hall of Fame, which enshrined the slugger in 1991.  But what made Sir Rodney a truly exceptional player was more than his seven batting titles (a feat surpassed only by Ty Cobb) and 18 consecutive All-Star Game selections.

He approached hitting as a vocation, studying pitchers and adjusting his stance to spray balls to all parts of the field.  “He has an uncanny ability to move the ball around as if the bat were some kind of magic wand,” recalled Oakland A’s hurler Ken Holtzman.

A member of the Twins’ vaunted “Lumber Company” offense, Carew used this 32-ounce Hillerich & Bradsby bat to secure batting crowns in 1973, 1974 and 1975.  Bearing pine tar residue on the handle and ball marks on the barrel, the bat also features Carew’s autograph and “HOF 7/21/91,” the date of his Hall of Fame induction.

Adam Scher, Senior Object Curator

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Vase

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

A tumbler-shaped earthenware vase with line drawings of stylized fish made by Minnesota artist Amy Sabrina in 1999.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this vase in our collections database.

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Corps Badge

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

A Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac shamrock or trefoil-shaped corps badge composed of machine-sewn red, white, and blue cotton thread. The badge belonged to Albert Smith Davis, who served in the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this badge in our collections database.

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Ojibwe Creel

Monday, July 13th, 2015

An Ojibwe fishing creel made from reeds stained from blackberries, dated circa 1920s.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this creel in our collections database.

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Cultural Traditions in Minnesota

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Minnesota’s culture reflects its diverse population, with influences beginning with Minnesota’s Dakota and Ojibwe population, moving through waves of European immigration, and more recently by communities of Latin American, African, and East Asian immigrants.

Currently on display in the Library Lobby is a small selection of some of these cultural traditions. Beautiful and telling, these items give an idea of all the talent in our fair state through time.

The display also in includes the recently acquired work of Ricardo Gómez (see above), who became the first Minnesotan of Puerto Rican heritage to be represented in the MNHS’s Collection. We are thrilled to have these examples of traditional yet contemporary work, documenting an incredible artist and his vibrant community.

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Hanging Out

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Some cool cats hanging outside Mel’s Bar in Minneapolis on January 19, 1954.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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Hamm’s 3.2 Beer Bottle

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

A clear glass beer bottle “PREFERRED STOCK” from the Hamm’s brewing company. Circa the 1930s.

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Collapsible Cup

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

A nickel-plated brass collapsible cup with a folding handle and a lidded leather case. The cup belonged to John B. Sanborn, a Minnesota State Senator and member of the Indian Peace Commission. He was also president of the Minnesota Historical Society in 1903.

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