Museum Collections Up Close : MNHS.ORG http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections Every object tells a story, and Collections Up Close presents short, illustrated features that highlight the stories and history behind selected items in the Minnesota Historical Society's museum collections. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:01:41 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 en hourly 1 ©Minnesota Historical Society collections@mnhs.org (Minnesota Historical Society) collections@mnhs.org(Minnesota Historical Society) History, Society, Culture, American History, Education, Museums, Collections 1440 video, story, museum, history, preservation, civil war, Minnesota, Native American The stories behind selected items at the Minnesota Historical Society. Every object tells a story, and Collections Up Close presents short, illustrated features that highlight the stories and history behind selected items in the Minnesota Historical Society's museum collections. Minnesota Historical Society Minnesota Historical Society collections@mnhs.org No clean http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/wp-content/themes/mhs/MHS_Upclose_badge_small.png Museum Collections Up Close : MNHS.ORG http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections 144 144 Upside-down Veggies http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/upside-down-veggies/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/upside-down-veggies/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18909

A photograph of a Krietzman’s Produce van overturned in the street, spilling fruit and vegetables on May 1, 1937.

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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Olympics Patch http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/olympics-patch/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/olympics-patch/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:01:47 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18906

A United States Olympic Hockey Team patch. Used by Wendell Anderson during his time on the 1956 United States Olympic Hockey Team.

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

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Commemorative Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/commemorative-quilt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/commemorative-quilt/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18903

A cotton quilt made to resemble a United States flag with one star on a blue field in the top left corner. Within the red and white stripes are dates and campaigns that document the Civil War service of Joseph W. Britton, a member of the 3rd Minnesota, Company E. A reproduction of his Civil War Corps badge is embroidered on the quilt. The pieced border is set on point and alternates stars and bars, and there is red cotton backing. It features diamond quilting with decorative Union shields on the border. Contained within the border stars are inked names and dates of the Hanse family members as the corps badge was passed down within the family. 1998.

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

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Squares Game http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/squares-game/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/squares-game/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18900

“Squares” board game manufactured by W.H. Schaper Manufacturing Company, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1950-1963.

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

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Shakopee Glass http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/shakopee-glass/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/shakopee-glass/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:01:49 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18897

A clear glass tumbler from the Shakopee Brewery in Shakopee, Minnesota, which was managed by Hubert Nyssen, circa 1900.

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

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Mushrooms http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/mushrooms/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/mushrooms/#comments Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:01:26 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18886

A photograph of a woman learning about edible mushrooms in 1938.

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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Turkey Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/turkey-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/turkey-button/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:01:28 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18883

A Turkey Day button from Worthington, Minnesota. The front reads “KING TURKEY DAY / OCT. 1 1947 / WORTHINGTON MINNESOTA / 2229″ with image of a crowned strutting tom. Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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Toaster http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/toaster/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/toaster/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:01:19 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18880

A two-slice, manual-turn, electric toaster. The rectangular, open-sided appliance has a horizontal top and base and a movable, vertical, metal bread holder on each side, with exposed heating elements in the center which extend from side to side and top to base. Each openwork bread holder can be pulled outward by a small black knob and flipped to toast the other side. Circa 1925.

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

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Plains Pipe Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/plains-pipe-bag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/plains-pipe-bag/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2016 06:01:06 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18877

A Plains, possibly Lakota or Dakota, tobacco pouch with bead and quillwork. The pouch reportedly was a gift from the Lakota chief Sitting Bull to Indian agent Major J. M. Stone, but may also have been used by Yankton Dakota in the vicinity of Yankton, South Dakota, where the pouch was ultimately collected. Made in the late 19th century.

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

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Faribault Postcard http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/faribault-postcard/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/faribault-postcard/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18874

A postcard from the 1940s that says “Greetings from Faribault Minnesota. The Peony Capital of the World.” Faribault was home to the Brand Peony Farm which once grew over 1000 varieties of peonies.

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

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Snow Problem http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/snow-problem/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/snow-problem/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2016 06:01:04 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18866

A photograph of a truck driver with a slight problem in the snow outside the Cathedral of St. Paul on November 8, 1951.

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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Northern Pacific Platter http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/northern-pacific-platter/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/northern-pacific-platter/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:01:59 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18863

A ceramic platter featuring the Northern Pacific Railway’s Monad pattern, circa 1960s.

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

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October Farm http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/october-farm/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/october-farm/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2016 06:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18860

A watercolor on paper painting titled “October Farm” by Minnesota artist Adolf Dehn. Made in 1954.

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

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Beer Crate http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/beer-crate/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/beer-crate/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18857

A wooden beer crate from Engesser Brewing Company of Saint Peter, Minnesota, circa 1916-1920.

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

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Lumber Scale http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/lumber-scale/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/lumber-scale/#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:01:48 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18854 An “Andersen Corporation” pocket lumber scale showing a graduated measuring scale for determining the number of board feet in rough-sawed lumber. From the 1950s.

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

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Gophers Game http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/gophers-game/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/gophers-game/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2016 05:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18851

A photograph of play during a November 5, 1949 University of Minnesota football game vs. Iowa. The gophers won 24-7.

For more things football, come to St. Paul and see our new exhibit, Gridiron Glory open now.

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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Arts and Crafts Letter Holder http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/arts-and-crafts-letter-holder/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/arts-and-crafts-letter-holder/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2016 05:01:49 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18848

An Arts and Crafts style copper desk-top letter holder. Circa 1910-1930.

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

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Pin Setter at Work http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/pin-setter-at-work/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/pin-setter-at-work/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2016 05:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18845

A photograph of an agile pin-setter at work at Midway Alleys bowling lanes in 1937.

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

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Election Chalkboard http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/election-chalkboard/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/election-chalkboard/#comments Tue, 08 Nov 2016 05:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18842

A chalkboard used in Minnesota to monitor election returns during the 1968 presidential election. There are rows on the left for each state and the District of Columbia and columns for “Dick” (Richard Nixon), “HHH” (Hubert Humphrey), and “GW” (George Wallace). Happy Election Day!

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

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Ojibwe Bandolier Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/ojibwe-bandolier-bag-4/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/ojibwe-bandolier-bag-4/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2016 05:01:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18839

An Ojibwe black velvet and dark blue wool bandolier bag spot-stitched with a rabbit track pattern of multi-color glass seed beads on a white bead background. Probably made in the late 1890s.

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

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Pheasant Hunt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/pheasant-hunt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/pheasant-hunt/#comments Fri, 04 Nov 2016 05:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18836

A photograph of a successful pheasant hunt in the fall of 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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3M Souvenir http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/3m-souvenir/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/3m-souvenir/#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2016 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18833

A Lucite-encased sample of the first commercial Scotch brand magnetic tape produced by 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1947.

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

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Nursery Rhyme Drinking Straws http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/nursery-rhyme-drinking-straws/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/nursery-rhyme-drinking-straws/#comments Wed, 02 Nov 2016 05:01:24 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18830

A package of 100 Mother Goose Drinking Straws. Circa 1945-1955.

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

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1940s Stove http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/1940s-stove/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/11/1940s-stove/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2016 05:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18827

A white enamel Roper gas kitchen stove featuring four stove-top burners, two ovens and a storage drawer. Metal body of appliance is finished with white enamel and chrome trim. Below oven is burner compartment and shelf which could be used as warming oven, and there is a broiler oven on the left. Stove was owned by Homer and Eileen McIntire of Waseca, Minnesota, circa 1949.

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

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Skeleton Gloves http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/skeleton-gloves/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/skeleton-gloves/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2016 05:01:25 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18824

A pair of lace gloves titled “27 bones” designed by Kathleen Richert. Part of Minnesota State Fair Art Exhibit in 2001. Happy Halloween!

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

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Paper Airplanes http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/paper-airplanes/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/paper-airplanes/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:01:39 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18821

A photograph of a man throwing paper airplanes off the Foshay tower observation deck as a promotional stunt for the movie “Men of the Fighting Lady” on June 6, 1954.

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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Wooden Leg http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/wooden-leg/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/wooden-leg/#comments Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:01:38 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18818

A prosthetic leg made in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and used by Frank McElroy Bemis of Saint Cloud, who lost his leg through complications from polio at age three. This leg was made for him when he was about 15 so that he could attend high school at Saint Thomas Academy, circa 1913.

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

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Minneapolis Postcard http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/minneapolis-postcard-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/minneapolis-postcard-2/#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18815

A postcard from the 1920s that reads, “It may seem funny but — Minneapolis is a very fascinating town!!” The word Minneapolis is printed on a small blue felt banner adhered to the postcard.

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

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Super America http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/super-america/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/super-america/#comments Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18812

A photograph of a Super America gas station near the Minneapolis airport in the late 1960s.

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

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Hand Carved Ring http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/hand-carved-ring/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/hand-carved-ring/#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:01:16 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18809

A women’s finger ring carved out of briar root. The ring was found in Georgia by Dr. George L. Gates of the 2nd Minnesota Infantry Regiment, Company A during the Civil War. Click on the below collections database link to see the other five rings in this group.

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

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Elvis Fan http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/elvis-fan/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/elvis-fan/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:01:47 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18773

A photograph of a girl screaming during a May 13, 1956 Elvis Presley concert at the St. Paul Auditorium. A St. Paul cop stands by.

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 Jet http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/tonka-jet/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/tonka-jet/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18770

A bright red/white/black/silver steel private jet toy with ‘Tonka’ on wings & fuselage, ‘Learjet’ & logo on black plastic tail section, in original package with ‘Tonka GATES LEARJET/…’, model number 924, by Tonka Toys, Mound, MN, 1979.

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

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Hmong Wall Hanging http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/hmong-wall-hanging/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/hmong-wall-hanging/#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18767

A piece of Hmong pa ndau (paj ntaub) textile art. Designs include cucumber seeds and steps with additional decorations of white and purple diamonds appliqués and orange and white embroidery. Made or provided by Doua Lee. Sold at Hmong Handwork, Saint Paul, Minnesota in the late 1980s.

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

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Lindbergh and his Dog http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/lindbergh-and-his-dog/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/lindbergh-and-his-dog/#comments Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18764

A photograph of Charles A. Lindbergh and his dog “Booster” on the Kelly Field (Texas) bomb range. Lindbergh attended the Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field in 1924-5.

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Power in the Pages http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/power-in-the-pages/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/power-in-the-pages/#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:39:20 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18785 It’s that time of year again! The leaves change color, the air gets colder, and things at the Minnesota History Center get spookier!

The Minnesota Historical Society Library is home to more than a dozen works exploring and explaining the supernatural, many of which were published prior to 1930. Here are a few of my favorites!

Startling Facts in Modern Spiritualism with a graphic account of witches, wizards, and witchcraft; table-tipping, spirit rapping, spirit writing, spirit speaking, spirit telegraphing; and spirit materializations of spirit heads, spirit hands, spirit faces, spirit forms, spirit flowers, and every other spirit phenomenon that has occurred in Europe and America, since the 31st of March, 1848, to the Present Time by N.B. Wolfe, 1883

During the second half of the 19th Century, Spiritualism in America was not only commonplace, it was fashionable. (See my previous post about the Ouija Board) It all started on March 31st, 1848, when Margaret and Kate Fox of Rochester, New York, convinced their older sister, (who convinced everyone else) that a spirit in their home was communicating with them by knocking on the wall. This incident is widely regarded as the first occurrence of Spiritualism in the United States. It launched the Fox sisters’ to fame as mediums, (at least for a while), and it opened the door to the study of the supernatural.

This beautiful book contains the first-hand experiences of Napoleon Bonaparte Wolfe, a physician from Cincinnati who appears to have travelled the country visiting mediums. Wolfe describes the various phenomena he witnessed, such as table-tipping, (when participants sit around a table with their hands on it, and wait for the table to move by means of “spirits”), spirit writing, (when a medium unconsciously produced writing due to spirit influence), and trance speakers, (a person who claimed to allow spirits to take over their body and talk to witnesses directly). While he acknowledges he did meet a few charlatans during his travels, Wolfe is a true believer in Spiritualism and his purpose for writing this book was to, “impress the fact indelibly upon the hearts of men, that when we die there is “a world of marvelous beauty” to which we will immediately go; and that we will there meet our friends, our companions, and those that are congenial to our society and condition of development”. (p. 575)

The Shadow World by Hamlin Garland, 1908

Similar to Startling Facts is Hamlin Garland’s The Shadow World. Garland, a writer from the Midwest, recounts his personal experiences with spiritual phenomena in the form of a novel. Garland spent a good deal of his life investigating and promoting Spiritualism in various forms. He even spent time as the Director of the American Psychical Society.

Witch Stories by Elizabeth Lynn Linton, 1861

Eliza Lynn Linton was the first salaried female journalist in Britain and wrote numerous novels on a wide variety of subjects. One of her earliest works, Witch Stories describes reports of witchcraft in Scotland and England dating back to the thirteenth century. To compile this impressive and devastating history of the women and men who were killed for witchcraft, Linton delved into the records and manuscripts of various public libraries, as well as the British Museum. The author presents each account in a straightforward manner, never discussing the philosophical ideals surrounding the subject matter. Rather, she allows readers to arrive at their own conclusion about the integrity of the cases reported. However, Linton makes her own feelings known at the closing of the book:

“…so long as conviction without examination, and belief without proof, pass as the righteous operations of faith, so long will superstition and credulity reign supreme over the mind, and the functions of critical reason be abandoned and forsworn. And as it seems to me that credulity is even a less desirable frame of mind than skepticism, I have set forth this collection of witch stories as landmarks of the excess to which a blind belief may hurry and impel humanity, and perhaps as some slight aids to that much misused common sense which the holders of impossible theories generally consider “enthusiastic,” and of “a nobler life” to tread under foot, and lofty ignore.” (p. 428)

The Magus or Celestial Intelligencer by Francis Barret, 1801

This is the oldest book on my list and is, in my opinion, the creepiest. Written by Francis Barrett in 1801, The Magus is a compilation of several works on occult philosophy, much of which Barrett translated into English. Barrett, who also practiced chemistry and metaphysics, was a firm believer in the Cabal, (commonly known as Kabbalah), the Jewish tradition of mystical interpretation of the Bible. This manuscript is ultimately a textbook on natural magic, such as alchemy, talismans and the elements. It contains beautifully crafted images of diagrams and spells, as well as hand-painted illustrations, such as the Faces of Wrath pictured here. Barrett also includes an advertisement that he is available to give private lessons or group lectures on the various subjects presented in his text.

While this book certainly pre-dates the Spiritualist movement of the second half of the century, it was used as source material for those interested in the mystic arts.

Witchcraft Illustrated by Henrietta D. Kimball, 1892

Based on the title I was really hoping this was going to be a monthly periodical providing the latest news, tips and spells for witches.

In actuality, Witchcraft Illustrated describes the witch trial events in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. Kimball explains that during this time period people believed good and evil forces were constantly influencing daily life, stating, “Witches, ghosts, fairies, gorgons, hydras, and chimeras dire were all realities at that time.” (p.4) However, Kimball places the blame of the events surrounding the Salem witch trials solely on power-hungry Reverend Samuel Parris and children who learned they would get attention by throwing tantrums and having fits in public. The author comments, “Now, instead of punishing those girls for this as they ought, their parents and friends looked upon them as under a supernatural power.” (p.6) At the encouragement of the reverend, the children claimed members of the community were causing their afflictions and superstition and mass hysteria took over.

Kimball also examines cases of witchcraft accusations in other places, such as Maine, New Hampshire and Germany, and scrutinizes the persistent punishment of the supposed supernatural, especially among women.

The last section of this book, titled “Old and New Salem”, leaves the subject of witchcraft behind entirely and reads like a travel guide. Kimball explores the extensive history of Salem in detail, being sure to mention all the historic sites that can still be seen. She informs the reader of all the fascinating cultural resources Salem has to offer, mentioning, “Whoever visits Salem must be impressed with the warm hospitality, the superior refinement and culture of its people.”

Perhaps by stating that past atrocities were the result of a select few and pointing out the area’s rich history, Kimball’s purpose for this book was to convince readers to think of Salem as something more than just the home of witches.

This is just a sample of the strange and supernatural books that can be found at the Minnesota Historical Society’s Gale Family Library. Maybe you can find some other gems, just be careful which ones you open!

Stephanie Olson
Collections Assistant

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Hamm’s Banner http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/hamm%e2%80%99s-banner/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/hamm%e2%80%99s-banner/#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:01:06 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18761

A maroon satin banner reading “Hamm’s Carnival Club”. It was made by the Western Badge and Novelty Company and used by members of the Hamm Brewing Company’s Marching Club during the 1917 Saint Paul Winter Carnival. See also larger banner, ID Number 7666.1.1.

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

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Bob Dylan: Nobel Laureate http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/bob-dylan-nobel-laureate/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/bob-dylan-nobel-laureate/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:37:24 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18776

Many years ago, when I was the young Head of Library Acquisitions at the Minnesota Historical Society, an auditor walked into my office. He had been charged with making sure the Society was appropriately spending the State’s money. Perhaps frustrated by our squeaky clean finances, he was excited to find malfeasance. Waving a list of books the Library had purchased that year, he accused me of buying a book about Bob Dylan and his music for my personal use. Biting my tongue, I signaled him to follow me into the locked library stacks. We walked to a section overflowing with the great literary works of Minnesotans, the likes of O. E. Rolvaag, Sinclair Lewis (our other Nobel Laureate), Ann Chidester, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. There among those giants were two shelves of books about Dylan, including the title in question. Deflated, the bean counter went away. I hoped he learned what we knew well, that Bob Dylan has had an unprecedented influence on our State’s culture and that his work was the unquestionable product of the unique environment that is Minnesota’s Iron Range. That it is the sacred duty of the Historical Society to document his Minnesota voice.

Occasionally, skeptical eyebrows have been raised not only by auditors but by my colleagues as well. When I came back from an Antiquarian Book Fair in New York with Dylan’s hand written lyrics for “Temporary Like Achilles,” I had to assure them, on my reputation, that $10,000 would seem like a bargain someday. Proof of its historic value came just last year. The manuscript spent a year on exhibit at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential library as an iconic representation of the 1960’s.

We continue looking for rare Dylan works to fill in our collection. Coincidentally, less than 12 hours before Dylan was announced as the 2016 Nobel Prize winner for Literature I bought a first edition of his “Poem to Joanie.” I swore to the rare book dealer that I had no advance knowledge of the coming announcement.

Over the nearly four decades of my tenure at the MNHS, the Society has done an excellent job documenting Dylan. We regularly, if quixotically, bid for Dylan material at auctions against better endowed institutions and fabulously well-heeled private collectors. While those efforts seldom work, a library search of Dylan’s name still turns up over 250 items. From his earliest recorded “party tape;” to his three interviews in Playboy Magazine; to the “bootlegged” edition of Tarantula (Hibbing: Wimp Press); to Denis Anderson’s unique Dylan research collection (compiled while he taught Dylan at a German University), the MNHS Collection is rich. If you want to learn or write about Bob Dylan, or if you want to understand why the Nobel Committee took the unprecedented step of awarding him the 2016 Prize for Literature, you’ll want to visit the MNHS Library.

Patrick Coleman, Acquisitions Librarian

Learn More:

If you are a fan of Minnesota music, make sure not to miss Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis, coming out from the MNHS Press on November 1!

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Pacific Theater http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/pacific-theater/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/pacific-theater/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18758

A photograph of a WPA made exhibit at the St. Paul Science Museum describing the WWII Pacific Theater in 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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Gaytee Glass http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/gaytee-glass/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/gaytee-glass/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2016 05:01:49 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18755

A square blue-tinted cathedral glass tile with a raised concentric circle pattern. The tile was used at Gaytee Stained Glass Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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

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Super Bowl Ticket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/super-bowl-ticket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/super-bowl-ticket/#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2016 05:01:31 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18752

A ticket to Super Bowl XXVI, held at the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills. January 1992.

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

For more things football, come to St. Paul and see our new exhibit, Gridiron Glory open now.

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Lynx Bobblehead http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/lynx-bobblehead/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/lynx-bobblehead/#comments Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18749

A ceramic bobblehead doll representing Minnesota Lynx basketball player Janel McCarville. It was distributed to the first 2,500 attendees of the August 7, 2014, Minnesota Lynx versus Chicago Sky Women’s National Basketball Association game.

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

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Ojibwe Jacket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/ojibwe-jacket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/ojibwe-jacket/#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2016 05:01:07 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18746

A deerskin jacket purchased by the staff of Camp Kamaji at Cass Lake, Minnesota, from a local Ojibwe craftsperson, likely Leech Lake Band. The coat is decorated with appliqués of cut glass beads sewn to bands of leather that are edged with cotton cloth; the back yoke is constructed in a similar manner. Probably from the 1930s.

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

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Motorcycle Crash http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/motorcycle-crash/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/motorcycle-crash/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2016 05:01:19 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18728

A photograph of an accident scene after a motorcycle crashed into a grocery store in July 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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Sprout Phone http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/sprout-phone/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/sprout-phone/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2016 05:01:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18725

A plastic promotional Green Giant telephone. A Little Green Sprout figure holds a telephone receiver with touchpad in his right hand. The telephone was a part of a collection of Sprout figurines used and collected by the donor’s grandmother, Matilda Cox. 1984.

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

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Postcard from Moorhead http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/postcard-from-moorhead/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/postcard-from-moorhead/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2016 05:01:02 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18722

A postcard depicting the “Magic Aquarium Bar and Liquor Store” in Moorhead, Minnesota. 1940.

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

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Dance Costume http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/dance-costume-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/dance-costume-2/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2016 05:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18719

A women’s dance costume for “The Wild, Wild Women”, which premiered March 26, 1953. Synthetic knit split-personality dress with zipper back. Red glove with black fringe on cuff. Straight pin with black and rhinestone decoration. Designed and made by Robert Moulton. Worn by Gertrude Lippincott of Minnesota. Lippincott was a prominent dancer, choreographer and teacher.

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

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Needlework Sampler http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/needlework-sampler/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/10/needlework-sampler/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2016 05:01:06 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18716

A needlework sampler worked in pale colored threads on a rectangular tan ground. Several complete and partial alphabets are stitched in rows across the top. The sixth row appears to read “ANN O 1818,” with part of another letter after the “O.” A number of different figures in varying sizes are stitched on the bottom half of the sampler, including a floral heart around the maker’s initials and age: “RS” and “14”.

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

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Fore! Golf! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/four-golf/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/four-golf/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:43:58 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18733

With the Ryder Cup happening this weekend in the Twin Cities and the golf season itself beginning to wind down, we thought now would be a good time to take a look at our golf collections before the long winter begins.

Golf has a long history in Minnesota due to our fresh air and open spaces. While the fashions may have changed, the opportunity for fun outside remains the same.

Two women playing golf, 1925.

This Munsingwear promotional item features golf professional Billy Casper, seen wearing a Munsingwear polo shirt (Grand Slam). Circa 1964-1965.

Although golf has a long and sordid history as a segregated sport, there were occasionally opportunities for African-Americans to play. This photo of the Sterling Club golf tournament in 1948 is one.

The golf club, bag, and glove belonged to golf professional Patty Berg.

This beautiful magazine started in 1927 and went through several name changes before ending in 1946. A mix of sport, outdoors, and society news, it is definitely is a glimpse into a different time. It was published by Fawcett Publishing, the same company that published Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang. One has to wonder at how often those audiences overlapped.

If you weren’t ability to get tickets to the Ryder Cup itself, come to the MNHS Library Lobby and see golf-related materials through time! And if that’s not enough sport visit Gridiron Glory, the major traveling exhibit from the National Football Hall of Fame, now open at the History Center just upstairs from the Library.

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A photograph of three people reviewing safety posters in 1950, including “Label All Poisons” and “Do Not Smoke in Bed”.

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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Boy and His Sled http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/boy-and-his-sled/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/boy-and-his-sled/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18709

A 1/6 plate Daguerreotype showing Everett H. Bailey poised with his sled in 1853. Bailey would grow up to be a well known banker in Minnesota.

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

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FDR clock http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/fdr-clock/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/fdr-clock/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18706

One of the stranger political items in our collection, this metal electric clock features likenesses of George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln standing around a ship’s wheel. 1940s.

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

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Cathedral Forest http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/cathedral-forest/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/cathedral-forest/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:01:10 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18703

A woodcut on paper by Minnesota artist Charles Beck, showing a twilight-lit forest reflecting onto the surface of a lake. Made in the 1990s.

For more information on this item, view this print in our collections database.

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Andersen Window http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/andersen-window/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/andersen-window/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18700

An Andersen Narroline white double-hung wood window (.A) and cardboard shipping box (.B). Box is autographed by Andersen employees who manufactured the window. As of 2013, more than 60 million units of the Narroline had been sold since the window’s introduction in 1962 making it the best selling wood window in the history of the industry.

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

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Vikings Poster http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/vikings-button-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/vikings-button-2/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18694

A Minnesota Vikings advertising poster, sponsored by SuperAmerica, 1982.

For more things football, come to St. Paul and see our new exhibit, Gridiron Glory opening tomorrow, September 24!

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

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Bernie Bierman http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/bernie-bierman/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/bernie-bierman/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18691

A photograph of University of Minnesota football coach Bernie Bierman being carried off the field after winning his final home game as the Gophers coach, November 18, 1950.

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

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.

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Rock and Roll Candy http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/rock-and-roll-candy/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/rock-and-roll-candy/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18688

A promotional candy bar from Soul Asylum’s “Candy from a Stranger” album release, 1998.

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

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3M Sound Slide http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/3m-sound-slide/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/3m-sound-slide/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 05:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18685

A 3M sound slide with image slide and sound disc intact. This one has an image of a group of men, possibly 3M staff, clustered around a piece of machinery. A special slide projector would show the slide and play the audio recorded on the dark gray disk simultaneously. They were made by the 3M visual products division Saint Paul, Minnesota in the 1960s.

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

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Skunk Game http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/skunk-game/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/skunk-game/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2016 05:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18682

A “Skunk” dice game made by W.H. Schaper Manufacturing Company, Incorporated of Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1950-1960.

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

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Republican Balloons http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/republican-balloons/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/republican-balloons/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18666

A photograph of balloons being handed out before a Republican Party rally and parade in St. Paul on November 3rd, 1950. The balloons read “Vote for good government. Vote Republican.”

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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Betty Crocker http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/betty-crocker/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/betty-crocker/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18663

A color postcard showing how the Betty Crocker character has changed from 1936 to 1981.

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

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Flasher Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/flasher-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/flasher-button/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2016 05:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18660

A “flasher” button alternating “Vote / DFL / ‘58″ with “VOTE FOR / FREEMAN-McCARTHY”, from Orville Freeman’s gubernatorial re-election campaign and Eugene McCarthy’s United States Senate campaign, 1958.

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

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World War I Daybook Preview: A Nurse’s Story http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/world-war-i-daybook-preview-a-nurses-story/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/world-war-i-daybook-preview-a-nurses-story/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:44:54 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18670 Hello, my name is Rose Winter, and I was one of two interns working on the World War I Daybook project this summer. I spent my internship going through a variety of smaller manuscript collections in the Gale Family Library, my favorite of which was the Dee Smith collection.

Dee Smith left her clerical job with the Minneapolis Department of Education in June 1918 to go overseas with the Red Cross Department of Personnel in Paris. Her letters home, which are the main component of this collection, were usually addressed to her mother and a woman named Cora who may have been her sister. They are seldom about her work, and instead concerned matters such as going sightseeing, having fun with her friends, and descriptions of wartime Paris.

Letters from July 1918, when Smith was in New York waiting to ship out, reassure her family that she would not be needing a ball gown. This decision was farsighted because in September of that year, when she was in Paris, the American Expeditionary Forces took over the American Red Cross to the extent that Smith was considered service personnel and so wearing her uniform in public became mandatory for the remainder of the war. Smith was not terribly pleased with this decision, especially as it meant she had to wear it to the many dances she attended “to keep morale up.” The uniform also made her instantly recognizable as an American woman overseas.

Although writing of many lighthearted matters, Smith’s letters also directly address the war. Smith visited American troops in hospitals in some of her free time. In January of 1919, after armistice, she visited several battlefields, and that May she used her vacation time to tour Belgium and the defeated Germany. The letters she wrote about this tour show her extreme hatred for Germans, remarking that Germans were ugly, describing American troops stealing cabbage from a German woman for Smith and her friend to eat, and hinting that she thought German prisoners of war were so lazy they ought to be bayoneted. Considering that the application process for overseas Red Cross workers included letters of recommendation proving their loyalty and patriotism for the United States and its allies, this hatred is not entirely surprising. It was only long after armistice that she revealed she had been in Paris while it was being bombed, with bombs falling within blocks of where she was, as censoring had kept her from writing earlier. Other than censoring, her continual fear was that the boats with mail would be torpedoed and her letters would never make it home.

My favorite letter of Smith’s was written on January 23rd, 1919, during the Paris peace talks. While on her lunch break she and a friend went to buy as much jam as they could possibly carry, stuffing their arms and pockets so as to avoid the long lines at the store by reducing their number of trips. While walking back to work in this condition they suddenly realized that the man walking toward them on the street was President Woodrow Wilson, with his secret security agents following behind him. She states in the letter that, “We smiled our best, bowed, and said “Bon Jour” which is good morning in French. He [President Wilson] lifted his high silk hat, bowed and smiled. [...] We were in a perfect misery of indecision afterwards to as whether his affability was due to his delight in seeing us or our most amusing appearance of a grocery delivery wagon.”

See whole letter here: 1-23-19 complete

Look for more of Dee Smith’s letters in the World War I Daybook when it launches in April 2017!

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Bumper Sticker http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/bumper-sticker-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/bumper-sticker-2/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 05:01:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18657

A bumper sticker supporting the Idle No More movement. The rectangular sticker has a red backdrop with tan text that reads “We / Are / IdleNoMore” The movement began in 2012 as a pan-Native solidarity movement in Canada that quickly gained followers in the United States. Idle No More staged a flash mob at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, on December 29, 2012.

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

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Minnesota Made Shotgun http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/minnesota-made-shotgun/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/minnesota-made-shotgun/#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2016 05:01:53 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18654

A 12-gauge double-barreled side-by-side shotgun made by Frank Novotny of Saint Paul, Minnesota. The gun has Damascus barrels, a double trigger, and a pistol grip stock that is checkered at the grip and fore end. It was owned and used by engineer D. C. Shepard, an associate of James J. Hill who helped construct rail lines including the Great Northern and Canadian Pacific.

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

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Stuck http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/stuck/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/stuck/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2016 05:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18651

“Help, I’m stuck on the elevator!” said the delivery truck. 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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Leaf and Berry Pattern Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/leaf-and-berry-pattern-quilt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/leaf-and-berry-pattern-quilt/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2016 05:01:59 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18648

An appliquéd sawtooth-edged cotton quilt with four center panels of oak leaf and vine appliqué in a green print. Miscellaneous fruits and flowers are arranged at the base of each vine extending into the extension. This same floral vine edges both sides. The cutout corners fit a four-poster bed. From the 1870s.

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Augie on Guitar http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/augie-on-guitar/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/augie-on-guitar/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2016 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18645

A photograph showing the internationally famous Mexican-American musician Augie Garcia and his guitar. While he learned traditional Mexican music as a kid, he later played rhythm and blues. What about those shorts? The Twin Cities Music Highlights website (http://www.jeanneandersen.net/garciaaugie.html) has this to say, “The story also goes that while in Hawaii in 1952 he fell in love with Bermuda shorts as a fashion statement. They became his trademark and he wore them winter and summer.”

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

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Duffy’s Tape Measure http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/duffy%e2%80%99s-tape-measure/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/duffy%e2%80%99s-tape-measure/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2016 05:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18642

A small promotional tape measure from Duffy’s concert venue in Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1980s.

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

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Thrillcade http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/thrillcade/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/thrillcade/#comments Mon, 05 Sep 2016 05:01:19 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18639

A photograph of two stunt drivers in action during a “Thrillcade” show at the 1952 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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Crazy Cow http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/crazy-cow/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/crazy-cow/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2016 05:01:02 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18626

A photograph of a young boy scared by an over-enthusiastic calf at the 1940 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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Grand Champion Dress http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/grand-champion-dress/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/09/grand-champion-dress/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 05:01:48 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18623

Women’s black and white wool houndstooth ensemble, consisting of (.A) a jacket and (.B) a skirt, made by Dolores Krinke of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Ensemble was named grand champion at the 1965 Minnesota State Fair.

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

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Fair Poster http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/fair-poster/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/fair-poster/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2016 05:01:46 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18620

A poster advertising the 1922 Minnesota State Fair. The text at the bottom reads “The World’s Greatest State Fair.”

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

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MNHS T-shirt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/mnhs-t-shirt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/mnhs-t-shirt/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18617

A yellow T-shirt featuring the title page from Karal Ann Marling’s book, “Blue Ribbon: A Social and Pictorial History of the Minnesota State Fair”, created by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1990.

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

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State Fair Ribbon http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/state-fair-ribbon/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/state-fair-ribbon/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18614

A blue first premium satin prize ribbon from the 1937 Minnesota State Fair, awarded to Minnesota artist Syd Fossum for figure composition.

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

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World War I Daybook Update – Knute Nelson Research http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/knute-nelson-research-intern-post/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/knute-nelson-research-intern-post/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:54:10 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18632 Hello! My name is Martin Branyon and I was one of the World War I Day Book Researchers for summer 2016. My work this summer involved going through the MNHS manuscripts collection to find relevant documents for the Day Book. I specifically worked with the Knute Nelson Papers collection. Nelson was a Norwegian Immigrant who served for the Union during the Civil War and managed to rise through Minnesota politics to be a well-known Republican Senator by World War I. As a History and Political Science undergrad at the University of Minnesota I found sections of this collection to be right up my alley.

The collection sheds light on both the daily life of Minnesotans during the war and the local politics of the time period. I found particularly interesting the numerous letters that dealt with groups that were critical of the war. Many letters described how the government and citizens reacted to anti-war activity in the state.

Some of the most interesting documents concerning politics and groups opposed to war were dated from July 1917. I found a letter written on July 10, 1917, from a Minneapolis lawyer by the name of Jonas Weil to be particularly interesting. According to his letter a doctor by the name of Eugene Friedman had been held in Hennepin County jail for three weeks, without formal charges being known to him, for allegedly being “antagonistic to the United States Government”. The letter captured how suppression of alleged anti-war proponents was enforced through the government; however suppression of anti-war criticism being carried out by citizens is a common theme of the collection.

A letter from July 14, 1917, by Bemidji lawyer Elmer E. McDonald captures this theme. In a letter to Nelson describing the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organizing among lumber and agricultural workers, McDonald nominates a local Bemidji man to infiltrate the IWW and essentially spy on their activity. McDonald clearly saw the IWW as a distinct threat that had to be aggressively targeted by the government and citizens. This sort of political suppression offers interesting insights to the lengths to which citizens would go to protect the war effort.

In addition to opposition to leftist groups, the war elicited strong nativist responses. A letter dated July 25, 1917, from the owner of a Duluth grocery store warned Nelson about the dangers of foreign born residents and citizens in the country. The Duluth man states that all foreign born non-citizens and citizens should be deported from the United States. A strange statement given that Nelson himself was born in Norway. However, it expresses a common theme in the collection of anti-immigrant sentiment during the war.

The Knute Nelson collection offers an interesting view of Minnesota and the home front during the war. The collection offers a personal account of diverse selection of Minnesotan political issues, from censorship and nativism to women’s suffrage and immigrant rights. Be sure to check out the World War I Daybook in April 2017 to learn more about the history and politics of Minnesota during the war!

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Butter Sculpture http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/butter-sculpture/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/butter-sculpture/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18594

A photograph of a woman carving a butter sculpture of a woman and cow from the 1938 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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Princess Kay http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/princess-kay/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/princess-kay/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18591

One of my favorite events of the summer starts today, the Minnesota State Fair! This photograph shows Princess Kay Karen Bracken seated on a tractor, holding a glass of milk, at the 1964 Minnesota State Fair.

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

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Toro Postcard http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/toro-postcard/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/toro-postcard/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:01:02 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18588
A color postcard from 1948 advertising Toro Power Mowers.

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

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Dem Bumper Sticker http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/dem-bumper-sticker/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/dem-bumper-sticker/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18585

A Democratic bumper sticker with American Sign Language spelling the word “VOTE”, circa 2002.

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

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Dakota Gloves http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/dakota-gloves/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/dakota-gloves/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18582

A pair of Santee Dakota gauntlet style gloves (stout gloves with long loose wrists) with floral quillwork on the cuffs. These are bordered by leather fringe and ribbons. Made in the 1880’s.

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

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Minnesota Renaissance Fair Photographs http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/minnesota-renaissance-fair-photographs/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/minnesota-renaissance-fair-photographs/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:15:14 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18597 Huzzah! ‘Tis once again time for the greatest summer festival Minnesota has to offer! (Yeah, that’s right, I said it. The Greatest.)

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A group performs traditional dances on a stage with musicians, 1972.

This year the Minnesota Renaissance Festival celebrates its 46th season! Minnesota’s is the second oldest Renaissance fair in the United States, and has one of the highest attendance rates. Started in 1971, the Festival began in a twenty-two acre field in Jonathan, Minnesota, and consisted of little more than tents, stages and straw bales.

Renaissance festivals are outdoor events where performers recreate historical settings and costumes and entertain visitors with music, shows, food, and more. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is set in 16th Century England, with the addition of playful fairies, elves and mermaids. Visitors can shop for a variety handcrafted treasures and witness the exciting jousting tournaments throughout the day. It’s no wonder this beloved event has grown to such a phenomenon!

The Minnesota Historical Society houses a collection of photographs taken in the second year of the Festival at the Jonathan location.

Vendor stands and tents next to open field, 1972.

Members of the Lebhaft Medieval Ensemble performing, 1972

Members of the Lebhaft Medieval Ensemble performing, 1972

Small child in costume climbing onto a stage, 1972

Small child in costume climbing onto a stage, 1972

Anyone who has been to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival can agree that while the landscape in these photos may be quite different from the grand, colorful structures now found in Shakopee, the enjoyment of the attendees and excitement of the performers remains the same (as well as balloon fencing!!).

Fencing booth worker helping a child into gear, 1972

The Renaissance Festival is open weekends starting August 20 through October 2. I hope to see you there!

Stephanie Olson
Collections Assistant

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Cops http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/cops/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/cops/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 05:01:47 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18573

A photograph of two Minneapolis cops on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. 1944.

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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Guitar Pick http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/guitar-pick/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/guitar-pick/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18570

A white plastic Suicide Commandos guitar pick, made for their guitarist Chris Osgood by Ernie Ball in the 1970s.

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

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Zenith Clock http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/zenith-clock/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/zenith-clock/#comments Wed, 17 Aug 2016 05:01:31 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18567

A maroon plastic electric radio with alarm clock made by the Zenith Radio Corporation in the 1950s.

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

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Perquackey Game http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/perquackey-game/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/perquackey-game/#comments Tue, 16 Aug 2016 05:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18564

A Perquackey word game made by Lakeside Industries, a division of Leisure Dynamics, Incorporated of Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1970-1980. Used by the Thomas Thompson family of Minneapolis.

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

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Remembering Governor Wendell Anderson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/remembering-wendell-anderson/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/remembering-wendell-anderson/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:45:34 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18576

The public memorial service is being held today, August 15, for one of our most beloved governors. Wendell Anderson was elected in 1970 when he was just 37.  While Governor Anderson was a member of the DFL party, he went on to pass one of the most important and impressive pieces of bipartisan legislation, the “Minnesota Miracle,” credited with transforming public schools in the state. He grew up on Saint Paul’s East Side and won a silver medal with the USA hockey team in the 1956 Olympics.

The Minnesota Historical Society is proud to hold his papers as well as several photographs and objects relating to his life and work.

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Army Bayonet http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/army-bayonet/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/army-bayonet/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18560

A United States Army Model 1905 knife bayonet features a single-edge blade with a narrow, unstopped fuller running to the point. It is stamped “US / 40486″ on the front and “SA /1906″ on the back with a grenade insignia. The pommel is of the birds-head type. The cross guard is slotted adjacent to the blade, above and below, and forms circular terminals, the upper being larger and pierced to slip over a gun muzzle. The scales are wood, secured by a machine screw that is bushed on both sides.

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

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Too Many Buttons http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/too-many-buttons/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/too-many-buttons/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2016 05:01:07 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18557

A photograph of a man with one too many 1942 “On to Victory” Minneapolis Aquatennial buttons.

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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Miss Black Minnesota Medal http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/miss-black-minnesota-medal/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/miss-black-minnesota-medal/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2016 05:01:03 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18554

A 1976 Miss Black Minnesota Pageant participant medal. The front features winged female figure holding a crown or wreath and a red white and blue enameled wreath design encircles the medal. The back of the medal is engraved “MISS BLACK / MINNESOTA / PAGEANT / 1976 / PARTICIPANT” and the engraving is encircled by a raised wreath design.

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

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Norwegian Mondale Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/norwegian-mondale-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/norwegian-mondale-button/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2016 05:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18551

A Walter Mondale presidential campaign button with the Norwegian translation of Mondale’s campaign catchphrase, “Where’s the beef?”, 1984.

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

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TPWC Pin http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/tpwc-pin/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/tpwc-pin/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2016 05:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18548

A Territorial Pioneer Women Club lapel pin that depicts a gopher flanked by ladyslipper flowers. Circa 1900.

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

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Pow-Wow Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/pow-wow-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/pow-wow-button/#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2016 05:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18545

A button that reads, “Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa – 21st Annual Pow-wow / August 21, 22, 23, 1987″ in white on a blue background with a picture of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe tribal logo.

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

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Nolan Ryan http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/nolan-ryan/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/nolan-ryan/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2016 05:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18542

A photograph of Nolan Ryan pitching during the 1985 MLB All-Star Game at the Metrodome on July 16th, 1985.

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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WPA Bowl http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/wpa-bowl/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/wpa-bowl/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 05:01:11 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18539

A carved and painted decorative wood bowl with a polychrome floral motif. The artist’s signature “KRISTOF SLANINA” is painted in block letters near the rim. Handwritten on base is “W.P.A. HANDICRAFT / DIST 3 NO 11″. This is one of two similar bowls found at the Riverview Public Library in the West Side neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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

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Paper Pile http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/paper-pile/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/paper-pile/#comments Wed, 03 Aug 2016 05:01:09 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18536

An oil on panel painting titled “Paper Pile, Mist; Rock-Tenn Recycling Plant” made by Minnesota artist Michael Kareken in 2007.

For more information about this item, view this painting in our collections database.

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John’s Place http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/john%e2%80%99s-place/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/john%e2%80%99s-place/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2016 05:01:04 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18533

An advertising card for “John’s Place” (Yuen Faung Low) a Chinese restaurant in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Opened in 1883 as the Canton Cafe, it was the first Chinese restaurant in the state. This card probably dates from the 1950’s.

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

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WWI Trunk http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/wwi-trunk/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/08/wwi-trunk/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2016 05:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18530

A trunk from World War I. The top of the lid is painted with the words “NO 16 / SGT ICL ERNEST B.L.ECKBERG / DIVISION DET / NO16 HQRS. 79 DIV” in black. On the left side there is a rectangular sheet of aged-yellow paper with a handwritten label that reads “E.B.L. Eckberg / Micalleh, Minn.”

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

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2,000,000th Ford http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/2000000th-ford/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/2000000th-ford/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:01:17 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18513

A photograph celebrating the 2,000,000th Ford made in Minnesota on October 6, 1956.

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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“Acquire” Board Game http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/%e2%80%9cacquire%e2%80%9d-board-game/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/%e2%80%9cacquire%e2%80%9d-board-game/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18510

Board game “ACQUIRE” labeled “HIGH ADVENTURE IN THE / WORLD OF HIGH FINANCE”. The game was made by 3M Company as part of the bookshelf game series the company published from 1962 to 1974. The object of this strategy game is to acquire the greatest wealth. The game is enclosed in a slipcase designed to look like a bound book and stands upright on a shelf for storage. Components include a game board and corresponding hotel tiles, lettered plastic chain markers, stock certificates, information cards, and paper money. This edition is copyrighted 1968.

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

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Flour Bag Dress http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/flour-bag-dress/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/07/flour-bag-dress/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:01:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18507

A large cloth flapper-style sack dress made out of a 100 lb Pillsbury’s XXXX Patent Flour bag. Probably made in the 1940s.

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

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