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Dakota Tobacco Pouch

Monday, February 29th, 2016

A Dakota tobacco pouch and pipe stem bag. Both are constructed of buckskin and decorated with beadwork panels and fringed edges. Porcupine quill-wrapped tassels terminating in tinkler cones with horsehair tufts are attached to the mouth of the tobacco pouch; the fringe attached to its bottom is also quill-wrapped. Circa 1900.

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

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Nitrous

Friday, February 26th, 2016

A man tests out a dentist’s nitrous oxide machine in February, 1937.

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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Democrat Pennant

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

A Hubert H. Humphrey and Edmund Muskie 1968 presidential campaign felt banner with cream colored text that reads “Vote DEMOCRAT”.

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

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Thomas Walker

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

A 1/6th plate daguerreotype showing a young Thomas B. Walker and an unidentified man in 1852. Walker made his fortune in timber and went on to found the Minneapolis Public Library and the Walker Art Center.

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

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Screw Gauge

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

A promotional screw, nut and washer gauge distributed by the Vincent Screw & Bolt Company of Minneapolis. Circa 1940-60.

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

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Norwegian Button

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Traditional Norwegian style shirt button in metal with one side etched with a “P” and the other in a worn floral design. Made in the late 1800s and worn as part of a traditional dance costume in the 1970s.

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

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WWII Aussies

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Two Australian (?) officers having coffee at a Minneapolis O-Club on November 26, 1943.

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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Tonka Camper

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

A toy mini-camper in original package, model number 1261, by Tonka Toys, Mound, Minnesota, 1975.

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

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New Website on Ojibwe Material Culture

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016


A new addition to the Explore section of the website is a single theme page dedicated to the material culture of the Ojibwe people that are currently in the Minnesota Historical Society’s holdings. The number of objects is over 2,000 and includes clothing, birchbark, tools, and government items.

The website is organized into different categories, making it easier for the user to find specific objects. Once in a category, it will lead to either a sub-category page or link to MNHS’ online search tool with the corresponding objects. These items were digitized as a result of a project to make the Ojibwe material more accessible.

Some of the highlights from the collection include a beaded jacket dated circa  1920s:

A wooden mold used for making maple sugar candy dated circa the early 20th century:

A pair of beaded moccasins dated circa 1999:

A wooden and leather lacrosse stick dated circa the early 20th century:

Visit the Ojibwe Material Culture site and explore for yourself!

Rita Walaszek
Collections Assistant

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Thermos

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Stainless steel thermos set used by the ffolliott family circa 1960. The set consists of a thermos, plastic stopper, cup cap, and thermos box. Manufactured by Aladdin Industries, Inc., a company based in Nashville, Tennessee.

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

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