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Commemorative Quilt

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

A cotton quilt made to resemble a United States flag with one star on a blue field in the top left corner. Within the red and white stripes are dates and campaigns that document the Civil War service of Joseph W. Britton, a member of the 3rd Minnesota, Company E. A reproduction of his Civil War Corps badge is embroidered on the quilt. The pieced border is set on point and alternates stars and bars, and there is red cotton backing. It features diamond quilting with decorative Union shields on the border. Contained within the border stars are inked names and dates of the Hanse family members as the corps badge was passed down within the family. 1998.

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Squares Game

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

“Squares” board game manufactured by W.H. Schaper Manufacturing Company, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1950-1963.

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Shakopee Glass

Monday, November 28th, 2016

A clear glass tumbler from the Shakopee Brewery in Shakopee, Minnesota, which was managed by Hubert Nyssen, circa 1900.

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Mushrooms

Friday, November 25th, 2016

A photograph of a woman learning about edible mushrooms in 1938.

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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Turkey Button

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

A Turkey Day button from Worthington, Minnesota. The front reads “KING TURKEY DAY / OCT. 1 1947 / WORTHINGTON MINNESOTA / 2229″ with image of a crowned strutting tom. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Toaster

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

A two-slice, manual-turn, electric toaster. The rectangular, open-sided appliance has a horizontal top and base and a movable, vertical, metal bread holder on each side, with exposed heating elements in the center which extend from side to side and top to base. Each openwork bread holder can be pulled outward by a small black knob and flipped to toast the other side. Circa 1925.

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Plains Pipe Bag

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

A Plains, possibly Lakota or Dakota, tobacco pouch with bead and quillwork. The pouch reportedly was a gift from the Lakota chief Sitting Bull to Indian agent Major J. M. Stone, but may also have been used by Yankton Dakota in the vicinity of Yankton, South Dakota, where the pouch was ultimately collected. Made in the late 19th century.

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Faribault Postcard

Monday, November 21st, 2016

A postcard from the 1940s that says “Greetings from Faribault Minnesota. The Peony Capital of the World.” Faribault was home to the Brand Peony Farm which once grew over 1000 varieties of peonies.

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Snow Problem

Friday, November 18th, 2016

A photograph of a truck driver with a slight problem in the snow outside the Cathedral of St. Paul on November 8, 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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Northern Pacific Platter

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

A ceramic platter featuring the Northern Pacific Railway’s Monad pattern, circa 1960s.

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