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. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:01:28 +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 Minneapolis Bars Then and Now http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/minneapolis-bars-then-and-now/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/minneapolis-bars-then-and-now/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:01:28 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19049

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

This photograph shows John’s Bar at 2500 Marshall Street in 1953. Today, this location is still a bar, Tony Jaros’ River Garden.

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

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Salt ‘n’ Sand http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/salt-%e2%80%98n%e2%80%99-sand/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/salt-%e2%80%98n%e2%80%99-sand/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19046

A photograph of a City of Minneapolis workman spreading salt and sand on the Hennepin Ave bridge on November 15, 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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Memorial Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/memorial-quilt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/memorial-quilt/#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19043

A memorial quilt made for Margaret Hill, member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, in 2009. The quilt was created by two of her students, Jackie Anderson and Cecelia Olson. The rectangular machine-quilted quilt includes 15 color photo-transferred images showing Hill either teaching or working on basketry and beadwork projects and also illustrating her finished work.

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

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Rolling Pin http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/rolling-pin/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/rolling-pin/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19040

A ribbed rolling pin with paper label, made in Newfolden, Minnesota, and retailed at Ingebretsen’s.

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

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Stone Arch Bridge Construction http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/stone-arch-bridge-construction/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/stone-arch-bridge-construction/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19037

An 1883 stereoview photograph showing the Stone Arch Bridge under construction in Minneapolis.

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

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Hauenstein Bottle http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/hauenstein-bottle/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/hauenstein-bottle/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:01:29 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19016

A glass half-gallon beer bottle from John Hauenstein Company of New Ulm, Minnesota, circa 1934-1969. The bottle has a trademark on the silkscreened paper label and the glass factory’s markings on the base.

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

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Motorbike http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/motorbike/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/motorbike/#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19025

A photograph of two women riding a motorized bicycle on a warm January day 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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Minnesota Pattern http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/minnesota-pattern/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/minnesota-pattern/#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2017 06:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19022

A clear glass “Minnesota” or “Muchness” pattern open flared compote (footed shallow dish) produced by the United States Glass Company, circa 1898-1904, as a part of their “States” series of glassware patterns. The compote’s decorative pattern includes a repeated eight-point “Star of the North” motif as well as round lumps representing lakes and triangular crosshatching representing evergreen trees.

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

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Radiophone http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/radiophone/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/radiophone/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2017 06:01:29 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19019

A radiophone in high impact plastic casing with telephone receiver fitted into handle on top. Manufactured by Motorola, Inc., Chicago, Illinois and used by The Soo Line railroad in the 1960s.

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

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State Capitol Construction Album http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/state-capitol-construction-album/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/state-capitol-construction-album/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2017 06:01:02 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19031

Join us in celebrating the re-opening of the Minnesota State Capitol building today, January 3, 2017! After 3 years of restoration, renovation and technical updates the building is finally open to the public. Please visit the capitol website for more information on tours.

In honor of this occasion, the Item of the Day presents the first page of a recently acquired state capitol construction photo album. It contains over 275 photographs taken during the construction of the capitol building between 1896 and 1905. Please visit the finding aid for the collection here, and the entire album can be seen (as a PDF) here.

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Rochester Postcard http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/rochester-postcard-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/rochester-postcard-2/#comments Mon, 02 Jan 2017 06:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19013

A postcard from the 1930s that states, “Greetings from Rochester, Minn.”

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

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Visualize the Shot http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/visualize-the-shot/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/visualize-the-shot/#comments Fri, 30 Dec 2016 06:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19007

A photograph of the 1938 Hamline University basketball team contemplating the basket.

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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The Pierces http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/the-pierces/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/the-pierces/#comments Thu, 29 Dec 2016 06:01:49 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19004

A quarter plate daguerreotype showing Mr. and Mrs. Marshall B. Pierce, taken in the 1850s.

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

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Seven Seas http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/seven-seas/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/seven-seas/#comments Wed, 28 Dec 2016 06:01:48 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19001

A clear, ribbed glass, pint-sized Seven Seas dandruff shampoo bottle. The bottle has a paper label on the front describing the product, its properties, uses and ingredients. Seven Seas shampoo was produced by Rayette, Incorporated, a cosmetic supply and equipment company based in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the 1950s.

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

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Wine Helper http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/wine-helper/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/wine-helper/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:01:33 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18998

A promotional item from Target consisting of two concentric paper discs, used for pairing wines with food items sold at Target. The outer disc lists 8 types of wine, the inner disc 8 food items. Inner disc is rotated to pair a food item with a wine, and a rating for that paring is revealed in a small slot on the inner disc. 2002.

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

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Post-It http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/post-it/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/post-it/#comments Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:01:38 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18995

A portrait of 3M employee Arthur Fry inspecting his invention, the Post-it note.

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

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Ferret Christmas http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/ferret-christmas/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/ferret-christmas/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2016 06:01:39 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18980

A rectangular paper holiday card from the Domestic European Ferret Fanciers and Breeders Association of Minnesota, located in Saint Paul. It features a color photograph of four ferrets with a Christmas tree, stocking and snowman basket. Printed in 1991. Have a happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Boxing Day!

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

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Bill on the Ice http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/bill-on-the-ice/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/bill-on-the-ice/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18976

A photograph of a man, possibly named Bill, out ice-fishing with his home made shelter on January 26, 1948.

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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Beer Mat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/beer-mat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/beer-mat/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2016 06:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18972

A red, green and black rubberized fabric placemat advertising Schmidt’s City Club Beer, with an image of the Schmidt Brewery of Saint Paul, Minnesota, circa 1940.

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

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Ceramic Sculpture http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/ceramic-sculpture/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/ceramic-sculpture/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2016 06:01:04 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18968

An incised ceramic sculpture titled “Relationship” made by Dan and Lee Ross of Hovland, Minnesota, circa 2000.

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

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Pillsbury Needle Case http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/pillsbury-needle-case/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/pillsbury-needle-case/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2016 06:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18964

A souvenir needle case produced by the Pillsbury Company for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Saint Louis, Missouri, 1904.

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

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Minnesota Dressmakers Resource http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/minnesota-dressmakers-resource/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/minnesota-dressmakers-resource/#comments Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:29:47 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18977

Visually stunning women’s formal wear is a highlight of the MNHS costume collection.   Minnesota Dressmakers:  The Business of Dressmaking is expanded research about costume in the MNHS collection dating between 1880-1920. About 100 garments are identified by the label of the dressmaker’s business sewn into the garment and represent 25 different prominent businesses operating in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Dressmaking by 1900 had become the third most important occupation for women.  These business owners and the seamstresses they hired supplied custom-made fashion to their clients at a time when ready-to-wear was an emerging concept.   Enjoy this new resource   that provides business histories and biographical information on the women engaged in this work.

The research to identify these businesses took on a life of its own as staff, volunteers and interns combed city directories, newspapers, census data, death records, birth records, family papers, photographs, maps, and probate records.  Occasionally, we found family members to interview. We looked at every possible source of information for clues into these women’s lives in order to imagine their relationships as proprietors, workers or clients.

This project was supported by The Bean family grant for business history, the Ken and Nina Rothschild Endowment fund for business history and women’s history, and support from Art and Cultural Heritage Funding.

Linda McShannock, Associate Curator

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Army Glider http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/army-glider/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/army-glider/#comments Fri, 16 Dec 2016 06:01:09 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18940

A photograph of a Northwestern Aeronautical spokesman showing off the MN made US Army CG-4A Transport Glider at an April, 1943 show in Minneapolis.

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 Lint Removers http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/3m-lint-removers/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/3m-lint-removers/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:01:57 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18937

A package of six Scotch brand lint remover pads, made by the 3M Company in the 1960s.

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

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Space Race http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/space-race/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/space-race/#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2016 06:01:51 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18934

A “Satellite Space Race” card game in original box made by Ed-U-Cards Manufacturing Corporation of Long Island City, New York. circa 1957-1965.

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

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A Close Call http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/a-close-call/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/a-close-call/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:09:39 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18949

The Civil War is chock-full of tales of tragedy narrowly averted, often in the form of a bullet being stopped by a bible residing in the chest pocket of some fortunate soldier.  However, such occurrences aren’t always accompanied by documentation to substantiate their authenticity, making this sword belt worn by Lt. William Paist of the Eighth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry an especially intriguing artifact.

A native of Ohio, Paist moved to Saint Paul in 1855 and started a real estate business, which prospered until the financial panic of 1857.  In 1862 he enlisted as a private in Company H of the Eighth Minnesota, which served nearly two years in the U.S.-Dakota War until the unit was transferred to the Civil War’s Western Theater.

In December, 1864 the Eighth Minnesota Regiment participated in the Third Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where they fought against Southern troops for the first time.  On December 7, William Paist, now a lieutenant, was leading his company in battle when he was wounded.  Like many Civil War soldiers, Paist was a prolific writer and penned this account two days later in a letter to his family:

“I was struck once with a grape shot – it is a cast iron ball about as large as a small walnut.  My belt plate saved my life as it struck it & bent & mashed it all up…could not speak for 10 minutes & when I did come too supposed the ball was in my belly but a faithful corporal by the name of Josiah Lothrop was beside me with the ball in his hand. I have it now & intend to string it to my sword.”

Lt. Paist survived the war and returned to Minnesota where he became a successful farmer and a founding member of the North Star Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry.  The Minnesota historical Society holds the papers of William Paist and his family, and now the ball and sword belt from that fateful day in 1864.

Adam Scher, senior curator

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Breakfast http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/breakfast-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/breakfast-2/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:01:56 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18931

A postcard showing a group of men eating breakfast(?) in the cook shack in a logging camp near Bemidji in 1908.

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

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Remembering Miles Lord http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/remembering-miles-lord/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/remembering-miles-lord/#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:40:15 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18943

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Judge Miles Lord last Saturday. He was born on the Iron Range and became a towering legal figure in Minnesota and the nation. Prior to being appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966, he served as Minnesota’s Attorney General from 1955 – 1960 and U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota from 1961 – 1966. He was known for issuing rulings in favor of those regularly disenfranchised, such as minorities, women, consumers, and environmentalists.  His friend Hubert Humphrey called him “the people’s judge.”

Learn more about this important figure here:

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Beaded Gloves http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/beaded-gloves/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/beaded-gloves/#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2016 06:01:54 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18928

A pair of Ojibwe leather gauntlets decorated with floral beadwork. Dated circa 1900-1950.

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

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The Tall and Short of it http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/the-tall-and-short-of-it/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/the-tall-and-short-of-it/#comments Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:01:52 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18924

A photograph of a tall high jumper standing next to a short judge at a May 1937 track meet at the University of Minnesota.

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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Lawn Tennis Trophy http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/lawn-tennis-trophy/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/lawn-tennis-trophy/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:01:57 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18921

A sterling silver trophy from the 1907 Minnesota State Lawn Tennis Championship for women’s doubles, won by Marguerite Davis.

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

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Twins Socks http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/twins-socks/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/twins-socks/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:01:53 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18918

A pair of Minnesota Twins uniform stirrups. Navy blue machine knit with appliquéd Twins logo of a white “T” over a red “C”. Circa the late 1970s or early 1980s.

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

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Kicks Shorts http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/kicks-shorts/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/kicks-shorts/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18915


A pair of orange shorts worn by a member of the Minnesota Kicks soccer team, printed with the number ‘12′. These could have been worn by Ricardo Alonso, Charlie George or Peter Short. 1976-1981.

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

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Vikes Jersey http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/vikes-jersey/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/12/vikes-jersey/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18912

A home jersey worn by Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter during the 1995 season. Carter played for the Minnesota Vikings from 1990 to 2001 and was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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