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Basketball Star Runs

Posted byJason Onerheim on 29 Apr 2016 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A photograph of former Minnesota Lakers professional basketball player George Mikan campaigns with President Eisenhower on October 16, 1956. Mikan lost his race for the US Congress to incumbent Roy Wier.

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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Hand Grenade

Posted byJason Onerheim on 28 Apr 2016 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A Ketchum hand grenade of the type used during the Civil War. The grenade consists of a plunger and casing, which would have held the main charge. A wooden tailpiece with fins (not present) was designed to stabilize flight when thrown. Ketchum grenades were largely inefficient because they had to land directly on their nose in order to detonate. Donated by the wife of Captain Mortimer M. Wheeler of the 5th Iowa Cavalry, Company E.

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

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Picnic Badge

Posted byJason Onerheim on 27 Apr 2016 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A paper badge shaped like a lightbulb used at the Saint Paul Gas Light Company’s eighth annual employees’ picnic, held at Wildwood Park in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, July 24, 1924.

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

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Wool Jacket

Posted byJason Onerheim on 26 Apr 2016 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A Field and Stream red wool jacket. Manufactured by Gordon & Ferguson, Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1950s.

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

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CCC Ring

Posted byJason Onerheim on 25 Apr 2016 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A sterling silver Civilian Conservation Corps ring with CCC logo flanked by an eagle and shield on opposing ends. Logo is engraved with “3707/ and “EAF”. Worn by Fred Fretheim of Company 3707, Two Harbors, MN.

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

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Can Cows Vote?

Posted byJason Onerheim on 22 Apr 2016 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A photograph of several Minnesota politicians milking cows during an event outside the State Capitol on June 19, 1940.

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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Navajo Rug

Posted byJason Onerheim on 21 Apr 2016 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A Navajo wool textile probably made to sell as a rug or wall hanging. Probably made between 1900 and 1950.

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

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Gold Medal Flour Doll

Posted byJason Onerheim on 20 Apr 2016 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A paper doll issued by the Washburn Crosby Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Circa 1900.

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

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Tim Penny Penny

Posted byJason Onerheim on 19 Apr 2016 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

A campaign pin made out of a penny to support the gubernatorial campaign of Tim Penny in 2002. Obtained at the Minnesota State Fair in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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

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Bjella Automobile

Posted byJason Onerheim on 18 Apr 2016 | Tagged as: Item of the Day

An open automobile made by altering a horse-drawn phaeton carriage to accept a front-mounted gasoline engine. “Bjella” name-plate attached to the engine compartment above the grille. Made by P.B. Hole and Ole Bjella of McIntosh, Minnesota in 1905-1906.

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

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