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Northwest Orient Menu

Monday, November 16th, 2015

A folded menu with detachable postcard, from Northwest Orient Airlines. On the interior left is a postcard layout and box for stamp, with a menu tacked over it. The right side has a printed history of Northwest Orient Airlines and information about their 50th anniversary. Card is perforated at the fold and the front can be detached and used as a postcard. Circa 1976.

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Civil Defense Truck

Friday, November 13th, 2015

A photograph of three guys inventorying their new Civil Defense Rescue Service truck in Minneapolis on February 16, 1953.

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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A Pair of Candelabra

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

A pair of white metal candlesticks. Made at the Miller Vocational High School and Technical Institute in Minneapolis. Probably made in the 1950s or 60s.

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Armistice Day Blizzard – 75 Years Ago!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

On November 11, 1940, one of the largest, most destructive blizzards on record hit Minnesota. It stranded hunters on the Mississippi River in Minnesota and 145 deaths were blamed on the storm across the Upper Midwest. Today’s Item of the Day are a few memorable images from that event.

Be sure to check out our Armistice Day Blizzard video too!

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Dorothy Hill Dress

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

A dinner dress of ashes of roses silk taffeta and white tulle, embellished with ribbons of lace bows, cording, gauging, ruching and silver threads. Designed by Lady Duff Gordon (Lucile, Ltd). The designer named her dresses each season. This dress was named “Happiness” and was designed in fall of 1916. It was owned by Dorothy Hill, daughter-in-law of James J. Hill.

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Minnesota Arms Shotgun

Monday, November 9th, 2015

A single barrel shotgun manufactured for the Minnesota Arms Co. The gun was probably made by Crescent Fire Arms Co. of Norwich, Connecticut, which manufactured firearms for retailers and distributors under private labels. The break-action shotgun has an exposed hammer, a walnut two-piece pistol grip stock, a black hard rubber butt plate, and a bead foresight. Probably made in the 1920s.

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Andersen Windows and Doors Sign

Friday, November 6th, 2015

A metal sign advertising Andersen Windows and Doors. Manufactured by Budget Sign of St. Paul, Minnesota in 2005.

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Mikan’s House

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Professional basketball player George Mikan giving a Star Tribune photographer a tour of his house in Hopkins, Minnesota on January 31, 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.

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Porfirio Diaz Park

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

A print depicting Porfirio Diaz Park in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Made in 1915 by Minnesota artist Cadwallader L. Washburn (not to be confused with the Cadwallader C. Washburn who helped found General Mills).

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Dan Patch Trophy

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

A sterling silver trophy won by Dan Patch, a pacing harness horse from Minnesota that set multiple world speed records that would not be matched until 1938. The inscription on the three-handled cup reads “Presented by / Memphis Trotting Association / FOR WORLDS RECORD / TO HARNESS PACING / WON BY / Dan Patch / Owned by M. W. Savage / Driven by H. S. Herbey / TIME 1:56 Oct. 26-1904.” The trophy was made by the Gorham Company in Providence, Rhode Island.

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