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Hotel Fire

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

A fire at the Tower Hotel on Seven Corners in Minneapolis, November 25, 1950.

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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Tonka Van

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

A white steel & blue plastic toy van with removable sunroof & ‘Mr. Goodwrench/KEEP THAT GREAT GM [General Motors]…’ decal on side, also included are Mr. Goodwrench figure, jack, spare tire, tool chest, creeper, gas tank, barrel cart with hoses, & garage sign, in original package. Made by Tonka Toys, Mound, Minnesota, 1982.

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

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Salt and Pepper

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

A porcelain salt and pepper set in the form of Paul Bunyan and Babe, The Blue Ox. Circa 1970s.

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

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DQ Sign

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

A promotional poster advertising a Dairy Queen pineapple sundae. Manufactured by Dairy Queen National Development Company, 1959.

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

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Plains Knife Sheath

Posted byJason Onerheim on 27 Apr 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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April Snow on the Field

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

Two Minneapolis Millers baseball players goofing off on the field during a freak April 25, 1950 snowfall.

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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Shepard Road

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

A watercolor on paper painting of Shepard Road in the evening, made by Minnesota artist Mike Lynch in 1984.

For more information, view this watercolor in our collections database.

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Dr. King at the U

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

Dr. Martin Luther King surrounded by reporters and photographers after his April 27, 1967 speech on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota.

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Confederate Rifle

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

A percussion rifle of about .54 caliber. The rifle’s buttstock reads “Jas Bishop 17 LA RED C” [17th Louisiana Regiment, Company C]. The rifle was retrieved from the Civil War battlefield at Vicksburg, Mississippi, by General John B. Sanborn of the Fourth Minnesota Infantry Regiment while his division performed garrison duty after the surrender. The rifle is half-stocked in walnut, has engraved nickel-silver mountings, an octagonal barrel, and the original ramrod tipped with brass. Made by Henry E. Leman in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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

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Arts and Crafts Tile

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

A ceramic tile in the Arts and Crafts style, hand built by Gladys Pattee of Minneapolis, MN in the early 1900s.

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