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Mauer Fan

Posted byJason Onerheim on 02 Sep 2015 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A paperboard fan with a full-sized color photograph showing the head of Minnesota Twin’s player Joe Mauer. Back of fan features an advertisement for Qwest high-speed internet. Fan was distributed at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair.

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

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3 Little Pigs

Posted byJason Onerheim on 01 Sep 2015 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A photograph of a butchers display showing the Three Little Pigs carved out of lard at the 1934 Minnesota State Fair.

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Harvest Season

Posted byJason Onerheim on 31 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A watercolor on paper painting of an autumn harvest scene made by John Lucius in 1953. This painting won an Honorable Mention ribbon at the 1957 State Fair.

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

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Pony Ride

Posted byJason Onerheim on 28 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A photograph of a young girl not enjoying her first pony ride at the 1953 Minnesota State Fair.

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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State Fair Ticket

Posted byJason Onerheim on 27 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

The 2015 Minnesota State Fair opens today and in honor of that we present a week and a half of Fair related Item of the Day posts.

This is a 1908 Minnesota State Fair complimentary admission ticket booklet from the records of the Faribault State Hospital. The front cover reads “COMPLIMENTARY NOT TRANSFERABLE 1908 / MINNESOTA STATE FAIR / 49TH Annual Exhibition / FOR [blank] and LADY / AUGUST 31ST TO SEPT. 5TH 1908 / NO. 1258” the blank is filled in “A. C. Rogers”. While the book originally contained six perforated paper tickets, only numbers 3, 4 and 5 remain attached in the booklet.

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

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Homer Hanky

Posted byJason Onerheim on 26 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A Homer Hanky from the first regular season Minnesota Twins game played at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2010. The Twins played against the Red Sox and won the game by a score of 5 to 2.

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

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Moon Rock

Posted byJason Onerheim on 25 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A walnut plaque with a small silk State of Minnesota flag and a chunk of moon rock embedded in Lucite. The flag was carried to the moon by the spacecraft America during the December 17-19, 1972 Apollo XVII mission, and the rock, technically known as “Sample 70017″ is from the Taurus Littrow valley of the moon. This is a “Goodwill Moon Rock,” one of which was presented to each state and 135 countries by President Nixon in 1973.

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

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Plains Knife Sheath

Posted byJason Onerheim on 24 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A Plains leather knife sheath circa the late 19th century or early 20th century. The sheath has beadwork decoration on one side and a loom-woven beadwork strap. The sheath beadwork is stitched in a geometric pattern and has blue, yellow and green glass seed beads, sewn with what is probably sinew.

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

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Shotgun Sign

Posted byJason Onerheim on 21 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A view of workmen installing a shotgun sign outside the Kennedy Bros. Arms Company building in downtown St. Paul in October, 1949.

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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WAVES Uniform

Posted byJason Onerheim on 20 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A United States Navy Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (W.A.V.E.S.) dress blue uniform consists of a jacket and six-gore skirt of very dark blue wool gabardine. Worn by Pharmacist’s Mate Marjorie Everson (Mrs. Kenneth Lukeart) who served as a Pharmacist’s Mate, 2nd Class at the United States Naval Hospital in Saint Albans, New York, during World War II.

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

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