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GBs on the Bar

Friday, January 29th, 2016

A photograph of a smoke filled Minneapolis tavern with quite a few bottles of Grain Belt Premium on the bar on October 21, 1945.

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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Vassarette Slip

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

A brown and white nylon slip with a print of branches, buds, and leaves, triangular overlapping cups, adjustable spaghetti straps, and a scalloped hem. Designed by Jean Hall of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Made in the 1970s by Hollywood-Vassarette, a division of Munsingwear Incorporated, a company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Chauchat Machine Gun

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

A French armed forces Model 1915 Chauchat 8 mm Light Machine Gun C.S.R.G. with a detachable crescent-shaped magazine that hold twenty rounds in line. The buttstock, scales for the pistol grip, and turned handle between the trigger and magazine are all walnut. Barrel housing has air-cooling perforations and the muzzle has a flash suppressor. Gun is mounted with a folding bipod that is painted olive drab; other metal parts are painted white. Left side of frame has two sling swivels. Rear of receiver and left side of frame are stamped “C.R.S.G. No. 148190″. From World War I.

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Motor Speedway Bond

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

A gold bond for $10.00 issued by Twin City Motor Speedway Company in 1915.

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

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Arrowhead Milk

Monday, January 25th, 2016

An Arrowhead brand milk carton made by Franklin Foods, Inc. of Duluth, Minnesota, circa 2000.

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Money Shredder

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

A photograph of Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis employees shredding old and out of date money on October 4, 1954.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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Kicks Halter Top

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

An orange Minnesota Kicks soccer team halter-top from the late 1970s. The Kicks professional soccer team played in Minnesota from 1976 to 1981.

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Alexander Ramsey

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

A Civil War era tintype photograph of Alexander Ramsey (front left) seated with Major Baxter (front right), Lt. Benjamin F. Butler (back left), William B. McGrorty (back center), and an unidentified man (back right). 1863
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World War I Daybook Update!

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Hello! My name is Lisa Matson and I have been working as the World War I Daybook Research Assistant Intern this fall. I graduated in May from St. Olaf College with a History major and a Women’s and Gender Studies concentration. Over the last few months I have been continuing the research started by the first two World War I Daybook interns, Molly and Mary. I spent most of my time during the internship in the Gale Family Library reading through manuscript collections. These collections were largely in the form of letters, journals, and other accounts of the war written by men in military service, or men and women serving overseas with other organizations such as the Red Cross and YMCA. There were also a few collections relating to the role of Minnesotans at home during the war. Many of the manuscript collections that I researched will be included in the World War I Daybook blog.

One interesting source that I researched consisted of letters written by Willard W. Bixby, a Minnesota man who worked as a Red Cross ambulance driver in Italy beginning in June 1918. Bixby’s work driving ambulances as a Red Cross volunteer involved moving injured soldiers between hospitals and working on the front lines removing injured soldiers from the battlefields to hospitals where they would be treated. Bixby’s letters to his family describe Italy and his life as an ambulance driver. These letters provide an interesting and unique insight into the war as Bixby served in Italy, while most of the other collections I researched were written by people serving in France, and he was the only ambulance driver in the manuscript collection that I encountered.

In a letter from June 16, 1918, Bixby describes driving an ambulance in the midst of an attack that started the day before and (as he states in later letters) lasted for eight days. It was written from “somewhere on the Piave” in Italy. Here is a selection from Bixby’s letter:

“The anticipated attack started yesterday morning about 1 A.M. I have been on the go every minute and have had about 6 hrs. sleep in the last 48. I am well and safe but have certainly seen the thick of it. . . . I have a machine now so we all have to be on duty as it is a night and day affair. . . . I can see shrapnel bursting from my window and believe me it is not the most pleasant of sounds.”

In later letters, Bixby describes his work throughout the following months and his role in the “grand advance” at the end of the war. See more posts about Willard W. Bixby’s life as a Red Cross ambulance driver in the World War I Daybook blog!

These are two types of ambulances driven by the Red Cross ambulance men. This photo is captioned, “The Fiats carry twice as many wounded as do the Fords. The contrast in size is plainly to be seen here.”

Citation: Willard W. Bixby and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. [A/.B624]

Don’t forget to check out the World War I Daybook when the blog launches in April 2017 and keep up to date with the research process blog posts until then!

Lisa Matson, World War I Daybook Intern

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Nemadji Pottery Mug

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

A Nemadji pottery mug from the “Forest Impressions” line. This one shows a silver maple leaf in black. Nemadji Pottery opened in Northern Minnesota in 1923 and closed in 2002. This mug is from the 1980s or 90s.

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