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Dakota Moccasins

Monday, November 30th, 2015

A pair of Dakota sinew sewn leather moccasins with rawhide sole, circa 1880. They are decorated with glass seed beads in geometric motif in white, green, red, and blues.

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

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Turkey Parade

Friday, November 27th, 2015

A view of Gateway Days in Worthington, MN and a turkey parade, September 24, 1952.

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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Turkey Bookends

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

A pair of carved turkey bookends made by an anonymous WPA artist, circa 1935-43.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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Embroidered Checkbook Cover

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

An embroidered folded checkbook cover with zippered pocket made by Thu Vang of St. Paul, Minnesota in 1989.

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

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Sky Blue Waters Quilt

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

A Minnesota themed Baltimore Album style quilt made in 2003. The blocks represent Minnesota events, ethnic groups and icons, as well as flora and fauna representative of the state.

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

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Beaver Bay

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

An oil on canvas painting showing Beaver Bay on Lake Superior. Made by Elof Wedin in 1935.

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

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Ford Plant

Friday, November 20th, 2015

A view of the Ford assembly line in St. Paul putting together the 1955 Ford Fairlane (?).

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 Tank

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

A model of an amphibious tank made of light-weight metal, possibly tin cans, and painted olive drab. The inscription reads “Made in 72 Camp”, and it features a 12-pointed star in white with red circle. Made around 1918.

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

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Trench Knife

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

A United States Army Model 1918 trench knife features a brass knuckle handle with individual finger loops and a double-edged dagger blade. Knives like this were used during World War I for close fighting in trenches.

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

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Cherokee Coat

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

A tanned deerskin coat, Cherokee, circa the mid-19th century. At the lower back is a tree, entwined with vines, in which two Eastern bluebirds and two Baltimore orioles are perched. In the center upper section of the cape is a bald eagle and on each sleeve above the cuff is a turkey. Embroidered over the decorative hem bands are: “J. M. Payne / Nancy Riley / 1854 / Polly Weber / Cherokee”.

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

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