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Fore! Golf!

Friday, September 30th, 2016

With the Ryder Cup happening this weekend in the Twin Cities and the golf season itself beginning to wind down, we thought now would be a good time to take a look at our golf collections before the long winter begins.

Golf has a long history in Minnesota due to our fresh air and open spaces. While the fashions may have changed, the opportunity for fun outside remains the same.

Two women playing golf, 1925.

This Munsingwear promotional item features golf professional Billy Casper, seen wearing a Munsingwear polo shirt (Grand Slam). Circa 1964-1965.

Although golf has a long and sordid history as a segregated sport, there were occasionally opportunities for African-Americans to play. This photo of the Sterling Club golf tournament in 1948 is one.

The golf club, bag, and glove belonged to golf professional Patty Berg.

This beautiful magazine started in 1927 and went through several name changes before ending in 1946. A mix of sport, outdoors, and society news, it is definitely is a glimpse into a different time. It was published by Fawcett Publishing, the same company that published Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang. One has to wonder at how often those audiences overlapped.

If you weren’t ability to get tickets to the Ryder Cup itself, come to the MNHS Library Lobby and see golf-related materials through time! And if that’s not enough sport visit Gridiron Glory, the major traveling exhibit from the National Football Hall of Fame, now open at the History Center just upstairs from the Library.

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Safety Posters

Friday, September 30th, 2016

A photograph of three people reviewing safety posters in 1950, including “Label All Poisons” and “Do Not Smoke in Bed”.

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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Boy and His Sled

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

A 1/6 plate Daguerreotype showing Everett H. Bailey poised with his sled in 1853. Bailey would grow up to be a well known banker in Minnesota.

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

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FDR clock

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

One of the stranger political items in our collection, this metal electric clock features likenesses of George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln standing around a ship’s wheel. 1940s.

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

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Cathedral Forest

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

A woodcut on paper by Minnesota artist Charles Beck, showing a twilight-lit forest reflecting onto the surface of a lake. Made in the 1990s.

For more information on this item, view this print in our collections database.

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Andersen Window

Monday, September 26th, 2016

An Andersen Narroline white double-hung wood window (.A) and cardboard shipping box (.B). Box is autographed by Andersen employees who manufactured the window. As of 2013, more than 60 million units of the Narroline had been sold since the window’s introduction in 1962 making it the best selling wood window in the history of the industry.

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

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Vikings Poster

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

A Minnesota Vikings advertising poster, sponsored by SuperAmerica, 1982.

For more things football, come to St. Paul and see our new exhibit, Gridiron Glory opening tomorrow, September 24!

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

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Bernie Bierman

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

A photograph of University of Minnesota football coach Bernie Bierman being carried off the field after winning his final home game as the Gophers coach, November 18, 1950.

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

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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Rock and Roll Candy

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

A promotional candy bar from Soul Asylum’s “Candy from a Stranger” album release, 1998.

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

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3M Sound Slide

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

A 3M sound slide with image slide and sound disc intact. This one has an image of a group of men, possibly 3M staff, clustered around a piece of machinery. A special slide projector would show the slide and play the audio recorded on the dark gray disk simultaneously. They were made by the 3M visual products division Saint Paul, Minnesota in the 1960s.

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

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