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Streetcar Bell

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

A small brass bell worn on the harness of horses pulling streetcars for the Minneapolis Street Railway Company before 1891. It has a rectangular crown that allows it to be attached to a harness.

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

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MN Postcard

Monday, January 30th, 2017

A postcard from the 1960s showing a map of Minnesota and a fishing scene.

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

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March of the Busses

Friday, January 27th, 2017

A photograph of Twin City Lines rolling out a fleet of new GM buses in Minneapolis on July 7, 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.

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

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History is Now: Women’s March

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

MNHS is collecting material documenting contemporary social activism and we have received many inquiries about the Women’s March on January 21, 2017, which was one of the largest protests in state history. While we can’t preserve everything, we are interested in collecting items and photos. We are aiming to document:

  • Diverse voices
  • Varied reasons for marching
  • Multiple locations around Minnesota as well as Washington DC

We are taking submissions until March 1, 2017, at which point we will make a selection from the submissions and contact potential donors.

Please submit photos of the event and/or photos of objects with a short description of your experience and the items you are submitting to collections@mnhs.org with the subject line “Women’s March 2017” no later than March 1, 2017.

To offer items not related to this event, please see our Potential Donation to the Collection form. For more information see our How to Donate FAQ.

Thank you!

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Nylint Truck

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

A Ford pickup truck toy with a metal body, rubber wheels and a moveable tailgate. Manufactured by the Nylint Corporation in the 1970s.

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

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Merganser Decoy

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

A Merganser duck decoy carved out of hardwood and painted. The artist is unknown.

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

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Schell’s Can

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

A can of Schell’s Deer Brew Beer, featuring an image of a stag on the label, manufactured by the August Schell Brewing Company of New Ulm, Minnesota, circa 1980.

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

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Self Portrait

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

An ink and ink wash on paper by Erle Loran, 1944. Titled “Self Portrait”.

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

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A Man and His Donkey

Friday, January 20th, 2017

A photograph of a man and his donkey on the picket line at the KSTP studios on May 19, 1952.

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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Photographer and his Equipment

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

This 1860 photograph shows the Minnesota photographer Charles Alfred Zimmerman with photo equipment and holding a stereo lens used to make photographs like the one of the Stone Arch Bridge seen here last week.

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

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