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RR Crash

Posted byJason Onerheim on 24 Feb 2017 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

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

Posted byJason Onerheim on 23 Feb 2017 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

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

Posted byJason Onerheim on 22 Feb 2017 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

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

Posted byJason Onerheim on 21 Feb 2017 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

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

Posted byJason Onerheim on 20 Feb 2017 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

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

Posted byJason Onerheim on 17 Feb 2017 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

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

Posted byJason Onerheim on 16 Feb 2017 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

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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Schmidt’s Bottle Opener

Posted byJason Onerheim on 15 Feb 2017 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A metal bottle opener produced by the Jacob Schmidt Brewing Company of Saint Paul, Minnesota, probably in the 1950s.

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

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Child’s Beaded Coat

Posted byJason Onerheim on 14 Feb 2017 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A children’s buckskin coat with beaded floral motifs on the front and back that are backed with newspaper. On the inside of the jacket is a painted figure with long legs and taloned feet holding a pipe in its left hand and a plumed object in its right. There are two types of red cloth ribbon trim and fringe along the seams and bottom. Jacket is most likely Crow, circa 1900.

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

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Minneapolis Bars Then and Now

Posted byJason Onerheim on 13 Feb 2017 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

Gratuitously stealing the title from one of my favorite Minnesota history books, Twin Cities Then and Now by Larry Millet , Item of the Day presents an occasional series, Minneapolis Bars Then and (sometimes) Now.

This photograph shows Worwa’s Bar at 2300 University Ave NE in 1963. This location is still a bar/restaurant, Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit.

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