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Freedom Train

Posted byJason Onerheim on 03 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

An exterior view of the “Freedom Train” which visited Minneapolis on May 4, 1948 and which carried the original versions of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights.

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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Taconite Leaflet

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

A leaflet in support of the campaign for a Constitutional Amendment to freeze the taxation of taconite and related businesses for 25 years, which passed in 1964 with 80% approval from Minnesota voters. An envelope containing taconite pellets is stapled to the leaflet. The leaflet is printed on the front, in part: “This is TACONITE! / You have just received processed Taconite Pellets from Minnesota’s famous Mesabi Iron Range.” and “TACONITE / Minnesota’s Rock of Opportunity” with what, where, when, why and how explained below. “WHAT ABOUT THE PROPOSED TACONITE TAX AMENDMENT?” followed by explanatory information is printed on the back.

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

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Rural Landscape

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

A screenprint on paper showing a rural landscape with a barn, horses and fields. Made by Syd Fossum in 1947.

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

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Star Quilt

Posted byJason Onerheim on 30 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A star pattern cotton pieced quilt. Large central eight-pointed star made of diamond shaped cotton prints. Pieced eight-pointed stars in the spaces around the central star. Inner border of diamonds with stars at the corners. Middle border of eight-pointed stars. Chintz outer border with edge folded over to back. Hand pieced and hand quilted. Elaborately quilted flower motifs, parallel lines and outline quilting. Made in the 1840s.

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

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Sawed Off Shotgun

Posted byJason Onerheim on 29 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

Parker VH grade sawed off shotgun. This double trigger, double barreled, side by side 20 gauge shotgun is made of engraved”Vulcan” fluid steel and has checkered walnut stocks. The barrels and forestock have been sawed off at 9.6 inches; the shoulder stock has been cut to leave only a pistol grip, which is wrapped in black electrical tape. Confiscated by the Minneapolis Police Department in 1992.

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

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Lure Display

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

A man studies a display of historic fishing lures from the 1920s and 30s on April 22, 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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Tiffany Lamp

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

A Tiffany Studios “The Twilight” kerosene lamp consisting of (.A) decagonal base of mold blown favrile glass with Tiffany sticker and “2393″ etched into the base, (.B) a cylindrical insert of pearlescent glass and gold-colored kerosene apparatus at top, ‘TIFFANY’ on wick adjustment knob and ‘THE TWILIGHT/PAT MAY 22. 1894′ on shade frame, (.C) a small chimney of amber favrile glass, and (.D) a crenellated glass shade with “2638″ scratched vertically onto the lip. Circa 1894.

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

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Lynx Pennant

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

A felt pennant featuring logos for the Minnesota Lynx professional women’s basketball team and the WNBA. The pennant reads “1999 / MINNESOTA / LYNX / inaugural season” in blue, green, white and orange.

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

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Compass

Posted byJason Onerheim on 23 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A compass carried by William R. Marshall of the 7th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and the Civil War. Marshall would later be elected Governor of Minnesota.

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

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Dakota Bag

Posted byJason Onerheim on 22 Jun 2015 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A Dakota/Lakota carrying or storage bag made of tanned leather, circa 1900. A beadwork panel on the front of the bag features geometric designs in shades of yellow, blue, green and red on a white background. Similar panels decorate the sides and top flap of the bag, as do pairs of tinkler cones terminating in tufts of dyed-red horsehair.

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

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