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River Scene

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Today is the last day of Black History Month, thus Item of the Day would like to present a newly acquired painting by African-American artist George W. Castone. It is titled “River Scene” and was painted in 1914. He was born in Missouri, but moved to St. Paul and lived there until his death in 1967.

This painting is on view until June, 2017 at the James J. Hill house as part of the Raymond and Ruth Reister collection exhibit.

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

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Hockey Mask

Monday, February 27th, 2017

A face mask worn by University of Minnesota ice hockey goalie Adam Hauser during the 1998-1999 seasons. The helmet consists of a fiberglass shell with a steel face cage and foam padding held in place by elastic webbing and snaps. The mask has been airbrush painted by Minnesota artist Todd Miska, whose logo “MISKA” is painted on the center forehead area. The design features a maroon background, gold M’s, and a graphic of a ferocious gopher, the mascot of the University.

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

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RR Crash

Friday, February 24th, 2017

A nighttime photograph of the scene after a head-on crash between two locomotives in October, 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.

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

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Purity Brewing

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

A clear green glass beer bottle from the Purity Brewing Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Purity was one of many breweries that went out of business due to Prohibition. Circa the 1910s.

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

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More Cowbell

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

A cowbell with bracket attachment for use with drum kit, used by Lester Burwell in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Burwell bought his drum kit secondhand in 1931 and played it in a three-piece band throughout the 1930s, playing in parks, schools, and bars in the Minnesota State Capitol area, where he earned three dollars for two nights. They also played for events at the Lake Johanna Volunteer Fire Department. The other band members played piano, accordion and banjo. The band last played at a friend’s wedding in 1953. Lester Burwell also played drums a few nights with Whoopie John Wilfahrt’s polka band.

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

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The Office

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

A stereoview photograph of an office interior, possibly the C.A. Pillsbury Company office in the Windom Block, Second Avenue South and Washington, Minneapolis. 1885.

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

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RR Warning

Monday, February 20th, 2017

A warning sign from “Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway Co.” intended to be applied to railroad car doors equipped with charcoal heaters: “WARNING / Poisonous Fumes / HEATED CAR” and additional text printed in red and black ink on yellowish white. Circa 1900-1950.

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

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Ping Pong

Friday, February 17th, 2017

A photograph of a sailor and his partner playing table tennis in Minneapolis on December 10, 1942.

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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Survivors

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

A woodcut print on paper titled “Survivors”, made by Minnesota artist Charles Beck, probably in the 1980s.

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

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1908 Minneapolis Colored Keystones

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Photo of baseball team Minneapolis Colored Keystones, 1908

February is Black History Month, and to honor the contributions of Black players to the history of Minnesota sports, the Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to feature one of its newest Acquisitions – a 16 x 20 photograph of the Minneapolis Colored Keystones from 1908. At the time, baseball teams were segregated, and the Negro National League had not yet formed. The Keystones played teams around Minnesota from approximately 1908-1911, including the St. Paul Colored Gophers. The Keystones’ manager, Kidd Mitchell and his wife, Mamie, ran the Keystone Saloon at 1313 Washington Avenue South in Minneapolis.

This particular image, labeled 1908, likely dates to the early part of the season based on the lineup of players. It was not uncommon for players to switch teams, and many players had ties to Chicago and Chicago-area teams. The names and positions are annotated on mat and identified as follows.

Back row, left to right: Fred “Pop” Roberts (2nd Base), Dick “Noisy” Wallace (Right Field), Eugene “Cherry” Barton (Left Field), Charles Jessup (Pitcher), “Topeka” Jack Johnson (1st Base), Bobby Marshall (Captain, Utility), George Hopkins (Center Field), Bill Binga (3rd Base). Middle row, left to right: Walter Ball (Pitcher), Edward “Kidd” “K.F” Mitchell (Pres. Manager/Owner), Mamie Lacey Mitchell, Eddie Davis (Secretary), Andrew Campbell (Catcher).

The Keystones appear in some books in the Historical Society’s Collections. They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota by Frank White and Swinging for the Fences: Black Baseball in Minnesota edited by Steve Hoffbeck provide rich histories of Black baseball in Minnesota.

Jennifer Huebscher, Curator of Photography and Moving Images

Keystone Buffet, 1313 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis

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