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Navajo Blanket

Monday, March 20th, 2017

A Navajo “Sunday” saddle blanket collected by Albert Gillette and donated to the Faribault House in Mendota, Minnesota, circa 1956.

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

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Two weeks until World War I Daybook launch!

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Our interns and staff have been hard at work, and in two weeks we will launch the World War I Daybook blog. Each day beginning April 1 we will be tracking Minnesota’s involvement in “The Great War” with items from the Minnesota Historical Society’s collection, including diaries, letters, artifacts, newspapers, and more. Join us as we delve into the lives soldiers, nurses, senators and suffragists to examine the war from multiple angles.

Don’t miss the all of the World War I and homefront related artifact for that era in our Collections, now available digitally!

And mark your calendars for the Minnesota Historical Society’s newest exhibit WWI America, opening April 8 at the History Center in St. Paul.

Stephanie Olson
Collections Assistant

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Saint Patrick’s Day Button

Friday, March 17th, 2017

A green circular pin-back button from the 1969 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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

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Can My Monkey Join Too?

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

A photograph of a Minneapolis truck driver and his pet monkey hearing about the Seabees from a sailor during WWII.

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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Ken Davis’ Cigar Cutter

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

A desktop cigar cutter sold by Nat Sherman and used by Ken Davis, CEO/Founder of Ken Davis Products, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN in the 1980s. Do you remember his barbeque sauces?

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

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Lunkenheimer Photo

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

A carte-de-visite photograph of John Lunkenheimer of St. Paul. He was a State legislator from 1876-1877 and President of the St. Paul Fire Department for five years in the 1870s.

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

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3M tapes

Monday, March 13th, 2017

A small two-sided card providing the specifications and properties of a variety of tapes manufactured by 3M. Probably made in the 1970s.

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

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Candy Truck

Friday, March 10th, 2017

A photograph of a dextrose truck parked on a Minneapolis street in July of 1938. The truck advertises candy as a “Delicious Food , Eat Some Every Day!”

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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Silver Thimble

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

A size six (6) silver thimble in its hinged leather case. The inside cover is printed “C.R. BURCH, / Cooperstown, N.Y.”. Made in the 1890s.

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

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Cornelius Slide Rule

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

A plastic slide rule “Pre-Mix Computer” produced and marketed by the Cornelius Company of Minnesota after 1956. The ruler allows the user to set a particular volume of carbon dioxide gas on one side of the ruler, and then relate gauge pressure (measured in pounds per square inch) with beverage temperature (in degrees F). The gauge was part of the company’s pre-mix beverage distribution system, that distributed beverages in large tanks ready to dispense.

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

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