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, 24 Feb 2017 06:01:43 +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 RR Crash http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/rr-crash/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/rr-crash/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19169

A nighttime photograph of the scene after a head-on crash between two locomotives in October, 1945.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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

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Purity Brewing http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/purity-brewing/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/purity-brewing/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19166

A clear green glass beer bottle from the Purity Brewing Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Purity was one of many breweries that went out of business due to Prohibition. Circa the 1910s.

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

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More Cowbell http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/more-cowbell/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/more-cowbell/#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:01:48 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19163

A cowbell with bracket attachment for use with drum kit, used by Lester Burwell in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Burwell bought his drum kit secondhand in 1931 and played it in a three-piece band throughout the 1930s, playing in parks, schools, and bars in the Minnesota State Capitol area, where he earned three dollars for two nights. They also played for events at the Lake Johanna Volunteer Fire Department. The other band members played piano, accordion and banjo. The band last played at a friend’s wedding in 1953. Lester Burwell also played drums a few nights with Whoopie John Wilfahrt’s polka band.

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

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The Office http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/the-office/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/the-office/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:01:17 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19160

A stereoview photograph of an office interior, possibly the C.A. Pillsbury Company office in the Windom Block, Second Avenue South and Washington, Minneapolis. 1885.

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

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RR Warning http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/rr-warning/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/rr-warning/#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19157

A warning sign from “Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway Co.” intended to be applied to railroad car doors equipped with charcoal heaters: “WARNING / Poisonous Fumes / HEATED CAR” and additional text printed in red and black ink on yellowish white. Circa 1900-1950.

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

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Ping Pong http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/ping-pong/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/ping-pong/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19148

A photograph of a sailor and his partner playing table tennis in Minneapolis on December 10, 1942.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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

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Survivors http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/survivors/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/survivors/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:01:46 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19145

A woodcut print on paper titled “Survivors”, made by Minnesota artist Charles Beck, probably in the 1980s.

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

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1908 Minneapolis Colored Keystones http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/1908-minneapolis-colored-keystones/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/1908-minneapolis-colored-keystones/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:36:38 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19152 Photo of baseball team Minneapolis Colored Keystones, 1908

February is Black History Month, and to honor the contributions of Black players to the history of Minnesota sports, the Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to feature one of its newest Acquisitions – a 16 x 20 photograph of the Minneapolis Colored Keystones from 1908. At the time, baseball teams were segregated, and the Negro National League had not yet formed. The Keystones played teams around Minnesota from approximately 1908-1911, including the St. Paul Colored Gophers. The Keystones’ manager, Kidd Mitchell and his wife, Mamie, ran the Keystone Saloon at 1313 Washington Avenue South in Minneapolis.

This particular image, labeled 1908, likely dates to the early part of the season based on the lineup of players. It was not uncommon for players to switch teams, and many players had ties to Chicago and Chicago-area teams. The names and positions are annotated on mat and identified as follows.

Back row, left to right: Fred “Pop” Roberts (2nd Base), Dick “Noisy” Wallace (Right Field), Eugene “Cherry” Barton (Left Field), Charles Jessup (Pitcher), “Topeka” Jack Johnson (1st Base), Bobby Marshall (Captain, Utility), George Hopkins (Center Field), Bill Binga (3rd Base). Middle row, left to right: Walter Ball (Pitcher), Edward “Kidd” “K.F” Mitchell (Pres. Manager/Owner), Mamie Lacey Mitchell, Eddie Davis (Secretary), Andrew Campbell (Catcher).

The Keystones appear in some books in the Historical Society’s Collections. They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota by Frank White and Swinging for the Fences: Black Baseball in Minnesota edited by Steve Hoffbeck provide rich histories of Black baseball in Minnesota.

Jennifer Huebscher, Curator of Photography and Moving Images

Keystone Buffet, 1313 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis

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

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

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Child’s Beaded Coat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/child%e2%80%99s-beaded-coat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/child%e2%80%99s-beaded-coat/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19139

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

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

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Minneapolis Bars Then and Now http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/minneapolis-bars-then-and-now-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/minneapolis-bars-then-and-now-2/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19136

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

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

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

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Fighting a Fire http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/fighting-a-fire/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/fighting-a-fire/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19123

A photograph of a large crowd watching Minneapolis Firefighters battle a huge fire in the milling district in August of 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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Paisley Shawl http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/paisley-shawl/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/paisley-shawl/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:01:39 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19120

A machine-woven, rectangular wool shawl used by Mrs. Gernet C. Dodge in the 1860s. The shawl’s bottom edge is fringed and decorated with a paisley motif.

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

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Railroad Lantern http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/railroad-lantern/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/railroad-lantern/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19117

A railroad signal lantern, made of iron and painted black, with three lenses, two blue and one red. Manufactured by the Adams and Westlake Company, Chicago, Illinois, early 20th century.

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

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Hand Carved Bowl http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/hand-carved-bowl/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/hand-carved-bowl/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19114

A small hand carved wooden bowl with Anna Persdotter’s initials on underside. Made in the late 19th century.

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

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Prince Lyrics http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/prince-lyrics/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/prince-lyrics/#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2017 06:01:10 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19110

Recently acquired handwritten lyrics to “I Hope We Can Work It Out” written by Prince in 1977. Later that year, Prince signed a record deal with Warner Bros. and he played this song at a private luncheon.

While the relationship worked for a time, this is the company Prince eventually had many legal disputes with and led him to change his name briefly into an unpronounceable glyph. He was referred to as “the artist formerly known as Prince.” Thankfully, that ended in 2000, when his contract with Warner Brothers expired, and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

To view a PDF of this item, please click on this link.

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Fighting for the Ball http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/fighting-for-the-ball/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/fighting-for-the-ball/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:01:10 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19102

A photograph of two basketball players fighting for the ball during a Feb 25, 1948 NBL game between the Minneapolis Lakers and the Anderson (Indiana) Packers.

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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New Library Lobby Display: Rondo and Chinese Immigration http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/new-library-lobby-display-rondo-and-chinese-immigration/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/new-library-lobby-display-rondo-and-chinese-immigration/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:55:07 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19126 Why might the Rondo neighborhood and Chinese Immigration be featured together in a Library Lobby display? The History Theater in downtown Saint Paul has two upcoming shows on these topics; we saw it as a chance to highlight what we have and continue telling the stories of all Minnesotans.

This world premiere drama is set in 1956. The construction of Interstate 94 destroyed the thriving, tight-knit Rondo neighborhood where homes, stores and businesses once stood. The new freeway tore through the heart of St. Paul’s largest African-American community.

While the neighborhood of Rondo was forever changed, the voices and stories live on. On view in this display are just some of the materials in the collection which document that important community.

The play runs February 4 – 26, 2017.

The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin

This play follows the true story of Harry Chin, one of the many Chinese nationals who landed in the U.S. through a loophole in the Chinese Exclusion Act; it explores the personal and political repercussions of making a group of people “illegal.”

This display shows materials relating to the Chinese immigrant experience in Minnesota.

The play runs March 18 – April 9, 2017.

Use the History Center Promo Code:  HC2017 for $30 tickets at History Theater!

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Winter Nurse Uniform http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/winter-nurse-uniform/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/winter-nurse-uniform/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:01:03 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19098

A United States Cadet Nurse Corp winter uniform from the 1940s which consists of a jacket, skirt, hat and purse, all made of dark gray wool flannel. Jacket has notched lapel collar, button-on shoulder straps, lower front flap pockets, a gray rayon twill lining, and silver Cadet Nurse Corps buttons and insignia. Six-gore skirt with left side zipper placket. Shaped and molded felt hat has a “Cadet Nurse” patch at center front. Label inside reads “Flo / Lill / Models”. U-shaped purse with curved edge, exterior pocket, zipper placket and self fabric shoulder straps. Interior has coin purse and mirror. Label reads “U S CADET NURSE CORPS”.

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

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Tiddle-Tac-Toe Game http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/tiddle-tac-toe-game/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/02/tiddle-tac-toe-game/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2017 06:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19095

A “Tiddle Tac Toe” game. Cardboard box (A,B) with the playing board (C), two small pieces of green felt (D,E), and 21 small colored plastic disks (F-Z). Circa 1950-70. The game is a combination of tiddlywinks and tic-tac-toe.

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

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Streetcar Bell http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/streetcar-bell/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/streetcar-bell/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19092

A small brass bell worn on the harness of horses pulling streetcars for the Minneapolis Street Railway Company before 1891. It has a rectangular crown that allows it to be attached to a harness.

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

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MN Postcard http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/mn-postcard/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/mn-postcard/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:01:40 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19089

A postcard from the 1960s showing a map of Minnesota and a fishing scene.

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

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March of the Busses http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/march-of-the-busses/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/march-of-the-busses/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2017 06:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19086

A photograph of Twin City Lines rolling out a fleet of new GM buses in Minneapolis on July 7, 1953.

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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History is Now: Women’s March http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/history-is-now-womens-march/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/history-is-now-womens-march/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:50:27 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19107

MNHS is collecting material documenting contemporary social activism and we have received many inquiries about the Women’s March on January 21, 2017, which was one of the largest protests in state history. While we can’t preserve everything, we are interested in collecting items and photos. We are aiming to document:

  • Diverse voices
  • Varied reasons for marching
  • Multiple locations around Minnesota as well as Washington DC

We are taking submissions until March 1, 2017, at which point we will make a selection from the submissions and contact potential donors.

Please submit photos of the event and/or photos of objects with a short description of your experience and the items you are submitting to collections@mnhs.org with the subject line “Women’s March 2017” no later than March 1, 2017.

To offer items not related to this event, please see our Potential Donation to the Collection form. For more information see our How to Donate FAQ.

Thank you!

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Nylint Truck http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/nylint-truck/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/nylint-truck/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2017 06:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19083

A Ford pickup truck toy with a metal body, rubber wheels and a moveable tailgate. Manufactured by the Nylint Corporation in the 1970s.

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

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Merganser Decoy http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/merganser-decoy/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/merganser-decoy/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2017 06:01:14 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19080

A Merganser duck decoy carved out of hardwood and painted. The artist is unknown.

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

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Schell’s Can http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/schell%e2%80%99s-can/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/schell%e2%80%99s-can/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19077

A can of Schell’s Deer Brew Beer, featuring an image of a stag on the label, manufactured by the August Schell Brewing Company of New Ulm, Minnesota, circa 1980.

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

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Self Portrait http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/self-portrait-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/self-portrait-2/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:01:12 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19074

An ink and ink wash on paper by Erle Loran, 1944. Titled “Self Portrait”.

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

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A Man and His Donkey http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/a-man-and-his-donkey/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/a-man-and-his-donkey/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19061

A photograph of a man and his donkey on the picket line at the KSTP studios on May 19, 1952.

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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Photographer and his Equipment http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/photographer-and-his-equipment/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/photographer-and-his-equipment/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:01:53 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19058

This 1860 photograph shows the Minnesota photographer Charles Alfred Zimmerman with photo equipment and holding a stereo lens used to make photographs like the one of the Stone Arch Bridge seen here last week.

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

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A Japanese Ball at the White House, 1877-1881 http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/a-japanese-ball-at-the-white-house-1877-1881/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/a-japanese-ball-at-the-white-house-1877-1881/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:20:18 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19065

This silk satin and brocade reception dress was given to the Society in 1920 as part of several large donations of household goods from the LeDuc family of Hastings, Minnesota. General William Gates LeDuc was a quartermaster in the Civil War and then U.S. Commissioner of Agriculture. He sought his fortune in frontier industries — railroads, mining, real estate, lumber, steamboats and farming.

LeDuc served as Commissioner of Agriculture in the Hayes administration from 1877-1881. Mary embraced Washington social life.  In her letters she wrote about visiting the White House, social events and her wardrobe. She wrote to her daughter Minnie:  “I have a great taste for all this life.”

This dress was called “ashes of roses” by the donor’s entry in the collections register, referring to the name of a popular color in the 1870s and 80s. Typically “ashes of roses” is described as a faded blush color resembling faded pink rose petals.  It was one of the colors popular during the rise of the Aesthetic period, when neutral colors were understood as more tasteful than the new synthetic aniline dyes and their popular bright hues.

Mary LeDuc’s dress with its combination of ashes of roses silk taffeta and white brocade would have been worn during the LeDuc’s residence in Washington between 1877 and 1881. Both Lucy Hayes and Rutherford Hayes kept diaries and entertainment logs during this period. There are various State Dinners and receptions for the Diplomatic Corps noted during the social season each year but no specific mention of a “Japanese Ball.” Thomas Corwin Donaldson, a personal friend of Hayes, noted in his memoirs a communication from the White House doorkeeper, Thomas F. Pendel, that the “receptions and parties they [the Hayeses] gave were the most expensive and costly ever given in the White House. “

These social engagements are also noted in the diary entries of Lucy Scott West, cousin of Mrs. Hayes, who spent the social season of 1878 in Washington. Her diary is full of almost daily receptions, weekly State Dinners and balls in February and March of 1878.  Lucy Scott described one such event on February 16th 1878 that the Japanese minister also attended:

“Thursday night I attended Secretary Evarts Reception & Mrs. Jeffrey’s Ball; both most elegant entertainments but “Oh ye Gods & little fishes” what a crush. Upon my word we were half an hour getting up the steps to the dressing room (at Sec. Evarts) & down again. Every body [sic] & his wife was there & the rooms presented the strange appearance of a dense mass of human beings struggling about helplessly in the most inextricable confusion. Two thousand invitations had been issued. The house is lovely & large enough for airy[any] seasonable festivity. The library, supper room & saloon parlors were thrown open on the first floor & there were two or three lovely little apartments up stairs where you could take yr ease & sip coffee, chocolate, or tea. A great many celebrities were present among others the Japanese minister. . .”

The week before, on Feb 7, 1878, Florence LeDuc wrote to her friend Minnie:

“After all I did not enjoy the President’s reception. There was such a great crowd. Papa does not like crowds but must say go as soon as we have spoken to President & Mrs. Hayes. On Monday night we were invited to the Japanese Minister’s – Papa, Mamma, Minnie went. I did not go.”

The Japanese ambassador,Yoshida Kiyonari, served in Washington D. C. for seven years during both the Grant and Hayes administration. One of his accomplishments concluded in an 1879 commercial treaty with Japan, enabling increased trade between the US and Japan. He also coordinated former President Ulysses S. Grant’s visit to Japan in 1879. The Hayes’ formed a particular friendship with Minister Yoshida and his wife. Hayes wrote in 1881. “I shall always cherish most agreeable recollections of the friendship formed with you and Mrs. Yoshida during our late residence at Washington.”

Clearly the Japanese minister and his wife were active in this Washington social life, as were the LeDucs, but the specific occasion for which Mrs. LeDuc wore this dress remains a mystery.

Linda McShannock, Textile Curator

*Special thanks to MNHS textile conservator Ann Frisina for her conservation of this dress and mannequin dressing.

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Baseball in Blue http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/baseball-in-blue/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/baseball-in-blue/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19055

This cyanotype photograph shows spectators crowding the stands for a baseball game at Nicollet Park. Taken around 1900.

In case you don’t know, this photograph is called a cyanotype where iron salts are used in place of silver, producing the blue color. This process was most often used to make blueprints.

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

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Wing Walkers http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/wing-walkers/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2017/01/wing-walkers/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:01:47 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=19052

This photograph shows flight attendants Burnece Sorby and possibly Olga Loken, on the wing of a Northwest Airlines airplane in 1939.

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

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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

Minnesota Dressmakers:  The Business of Dressmaking



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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.

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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