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, 06 May 2016 05:01:37 +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 Searching the River http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/searching-the-river/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/searching-the-river/#comments Fri, 06 May 2016 05:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18204

A photograph of two Minneapolis police officers searching for a drowning victim with the Gluek’s Brewery in the background on April 3, 1947.

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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Peacock Drawing http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/peacock-drawing/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/peacock-drawing/#comments Thu, 05 May 2016 05:01:32 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18201

A needlework pattern drawn with pencil on paper of a peacock standing between two bushes, circa 1900-1917.

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

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Makak http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/makak/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/makak/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 05:01:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18198

An Ojibwe birchbark makak decorated with scraped floral designs. Used in pageants held at Itasca State Park, Minnesota, in the early-to-mid 1900s. The pageants were written by Jack Rohr to celebrate the anniversary of the Schoolcraft exploration of the source of the Mississippi River.

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

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Batik Square http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/batik-square/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/batik-square/#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 05:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18195

A Hmong pa ndau (paj ntaub) textile art. Indigo dyed cotton batik square depicting a loon bordered by steps and mountain motif. White and red cotton borders. Batik is a traditional art form but has been adapted for commercial sale. Made or provided by Yong Sa Vang, and sold at Hmong Handwork, Saint Paul, Minnesota in the 1980s.

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

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Prince for Governor http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/prince-for-governor/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/05/prince-for-governor/#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 05:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18192

A white bumper sticker distributed by the radio station 99.5 WLOL, advertising “Prince 4 Governor”, circa 1990.

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

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Basketball Star Runs http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/basketball-star-runs/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/basketball-star-runs/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:01:30 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18189

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

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

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

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Hand Grenade http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/hand-grenade/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/hand-grenade/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18186

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

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

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Picnic Badge http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/picnic-badge/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/picnic-badge/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18183

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

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Wool Jacket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/wool-jacket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/wool-jacket/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 05:01:18 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18180

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

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

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CCC Ring http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/ccc-ring-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/ccc-ring-2/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 05:01:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18177

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

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

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Can Cows Vote? http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/can-cows-vote/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/can-cows-vote/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:01:38 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18174

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

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

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

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Navajo Rug http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/navajo-rug/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/navajo-rug/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 05:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18171

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

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

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Gold Medal Flour Doll http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/gold-medal-flour-doll/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/gold-medal-flour-doll/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 05:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18168

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

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Tim Penny Penny http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/tim-penny-penny/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/tim-penny-penny/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18165

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

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Bjella Automobile http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/bjella-automobile/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/bjella-automobile/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:01:25 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18162

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

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

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Unloading the Mail http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/unloading-the-mail/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/unloading-the-mail/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 05:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18157

A photograph of men unpacking the mail from the front cargo compartment of a Hanford Airlines (Iowa) airplane on April 15, 1938.

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

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

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Bundt Pan Box http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/bundt-pan-box/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/bundt-pan-box/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:01:46 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18154

A cardboard container for the Nordic Ware Bundt Brand jumbo fluted tube pan made of formed aluminum. Made in the 1950s.

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House in Stillwater http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/house-in-stillwater/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/house-in-stillwater/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:01:29 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18151

An oil on canvas painting by Jo Lutz Rollins titled “House in Stillwater”. Made in 1930.

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

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Hidatsa Bag http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/hidatsa-bag/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/hidatsa-bag/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2016 05:01:19 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18148

A beaded and quilled leather bag. Made by the Hidatsa in the 1890s.

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

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“Ladies” Spittoon http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/%e2%80%9cladies%e2%80%9d-spittoon/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/%e2%80%9cladies%e2%80%9d-spittoon/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2016 05:01:59 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18145

A pink ceramic “lady’s” spittoon with white and gold trim. Made by Knowles, Taylor & Knowles of East Liverpool, Ohio, and purchased for 25 cents at an estate sale at the home of Governor Floyd B.Olson.

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

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Ted Williams http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/ted-williams/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/ted-williams/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 05:01:06 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18142

A photograph of the Minneapolis Miller’s baseball team players (Ted Williams is the second player from the left) hanging out in the clubhouse before a May 19, 1938 game.

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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DQ Sign http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/dq-sign-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/dq-sign-2/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2016 05:01:59 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18139

A promotional sign advertising the Dairy Queen Fruit Salad sundae. Created by National Dairy Queen Development Company in1955.

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

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Yellowstone Calendar http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/yellowstone-calendar/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/yellowstone-calendar/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2016 05:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18136

A calendar created to promote the Northern Pacific Railway and its route through Yellowstone National Park. Represents the month of January, 1928.

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

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Witch Tree Pin http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/witch-tree-pin/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/witch-tree-pin/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2016 05:01:28 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18133

A pin from “Friends of the Witch Tree.” The Witch Tree is sacred to the Ojibwe people of the Grand Portage, Minnesota, area. Pin dated to 1990.

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

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Army Helmet http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/army-helmet/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/army-helmet/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2016 05:01:19 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18130

A M1 helmet liner made of plastic and painted olive on the exterior has “PALM” hand-lettered below an affixed viking-horn helmet decal of the 47th Infantry Division. The sides of the helmet each have a painted staff sergeant rank insignias. Inside has a cotton webbing suspension with leather sweatband and metal clasps. Worn by Rollyn Palm of Stillwater, Minnesota, who was killed in action serving in the Korean War. Circa 1950-1953.

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

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Wet Concrete http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/wet-concrete/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/04/wet-concrete/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2016 05:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18125

A photograph of a car that accidentally drove onto wet concrete in downtown Minneapolis on September 12, 1955.

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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Cow Measure http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/cow-measure/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/cow-measure/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18122

A cloth tape measure for estimating the weight of a cow. Printed on reverse is “POCKET TAPE FOR ESTIMATING LIVE WEIGHT OF COW/ TO ESTIMATE WEIGHT PLACE TAPE AROUND COW’S BODY DIRECTLY BACK OF FRONT/LEGS OR HEART GIRTH. THE TAPE READING WILL GIVE THE ESTIMATED WEIGHT IN POUNDS./ HANDLE TAPE WITH CARE. DO NOT STRETCH IT, NOR LET IT GET WET” followed by measurements in pounds from 80 to 1975. End of tape printed with “FOR THE MINNESOTA FARMER- STOCK & DAIRY FARMER…MIDLAND BANK BLDG., MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.”.

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

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Dress Tail Coat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/dress-tail-coat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/dress-tail-coat/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:01:38 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18119

A United States Navy pay corps lieutenant’s bluish black wool flannel full dress uniform cutaway tail coat. Used in 1918.

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

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Soul Asylum Stamp http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/soul-asylum-stamp/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/soul-asylum-stamp/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:01:27 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18116

A check endorsement stamp used by the Minneapolis band Soul Asylum in the 1980s and 90s. Owned by Karl Mueller.

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

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Feed Sack Apron http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/feed-sack-apron/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/feed-sack-apron/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2016 06:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18062

A patchwork half apron made from dress print feed sacks. Circa 1940-50.

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

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Laker Game http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/laker-game/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/laker-game/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2016 05:01:13 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18095

A photograph of the Minneapolis Lakers basketball team in action on their way to beating the Syracuse Nationals 110-95 in the 6th game of the 1950 NBA finals. This would be the Lakers second of five title wins while in Minneapolis. Apr 23, 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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Hot Wheels Toy http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/hot-wheels-toy/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/hot-wheels-toy/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2016 05:01:11 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18092

A custom finished “Pillsbury” Hot Wheels Dairy Delivery toy truck made in 1999.

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

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History Hounds! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/history-hounds/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/history-hounds/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2016 21:17:06 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18098 Today, March 23, is National Puppy Day! With this is mind, I wanted to take a moment to share some of the fantastic dogs photographs collected by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Two dogs posed on bench, circa 1925.

Dog with pipe, circa 1875.

Mandy's performing Dachshunds, circa 1945.

Duke on the treadmill of a dog-powered cream separator, circa 1940.

Dog protesting "Dogs Not Permitted" sign at Lake Calhoun beach, 1937.

Young girls giving her dog a ride on a horse, circa 1900.

Two boys and their dog on a sail sled, circa 1930.

Gardner Reynolds and dog, Juno, circa 1895.

Thanks for looking! You can find more dog photographs by searching Collections Online!

Stephanie Olson
Collections Assistant

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Forestry Service Chainsaw http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/forestry-service-chainsaw/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/forestry-service-chainsaw/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2016 05:01:35 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18089

A Reed-Prentice “Timberhog B” model two person chainsaw used by members of the Minnesota Forestry Service in the 1940s.

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

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Daughters of Norway Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/daughters-of-norway-quilt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/daughters-of-norway-quilt/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2016 05:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18080 A cotton album block quilt made by 48 members of the Daughters of Norway sewing club of Lanesboro, Minnesota, 1945. Signature of each member is embroidered on the quilt.

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

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Ojibwe Gloves http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/ojibwe-gloves/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/ojibwe-gloves/#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2016 05:01:05 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18077

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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Ration Stamps http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/ration-stamps/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/ration-stamps/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2016 06:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18065

A photograph of a woman buying meat at the butcher counter using ration stamps on March 29, 1943.

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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Saint Patrick’s Day Ceili Irish Dance Poster http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/saint-patricks-day-ceili-irish-dance-poster/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/saint-patricks-day-ceili-irish-dance-poster/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2016 06:01:37 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18072

A poster, probably from the 1970s or 80s, advertising a St. Patrick’s Day dance and concert at the Folk Dance Emporium.

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

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Bracelet http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/bracelet/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/bracelet/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2016 06:01:47 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18059

A beaded bracelet designed and made by Minnesota sculptor Judy Onofrio in 2004.

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

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Varsity Letter http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/varsity-letter/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/varsity-letter/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2016 06:01:38 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18056

A varsity letter awarded to Wendell R. Anderson while attending Johnson High School in St. Paul from 1947-50.

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

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Civil War Drum http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/civil-war-drum/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/civil-war-drum/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2016 06:01:43 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18053

A 1st Minnesota Regiment Civil War snare drum. The painted wooden drum was made by W. R. Thompkins in Yonkers, New York. This drum was presented to musician Peter Hoffman in Alexandria, Virginia on July 15, 1861 by Henry Mower Rice and the Regiment’s commanding officer, Colonel Gorman. Peter Hoffman was mustered into the 1st Minnesota Regiment on May 31, 1861, as a musician first class. Hoffman served at the First Battle of Bull Run, Edwards Ferry, Fair Oaks, and the Seven Days Battles. The regiment’s band was dismissed on August 31, 1861, but Hoffman stayed on, serving with the regiment until he was discharged at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia, on August 8, 1862.

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Landing Gear Problem http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/landing-gear-problem/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/landing-gear-problem/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2016 06:01:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18050

The Wold-Chamberlain Airfield crew working on a Northwest airplane that lost its front landing gear on August 2, 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.

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State Parks Matchbook http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/state-parks-matchbook/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/state-parks-matchbook/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2016 06:01:24 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18047

A Minnesota State Parks promotional matchbook made by the Universal Match Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1961.

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

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John Greenman http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/john-greenman/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/john-greenman/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2016 06:01:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18044

An oil on canvas painting titled John Greenman Reclining. Made by Minnesota artist Frances Cranmer Greenman in 1917.

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

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Fire Department Jacket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/fire-department-jacket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/fire-department-jacket/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 06:01:22 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18041

A jacket used by an Inver Grove Heights Fire Department volunteer in the late 1960s.

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

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Convention Confetti http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/convention-confetti/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/convention-confetti/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2016 06:01:24 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18038

A collection of confetti from 2008 Republican National Convention, held at the Xcel Energy Center, which was dropped after John McCain gave his presidential nomination acceptance speech on 09/04/2008.

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

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Emperor Visit http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/emperor-visit/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/emperor-visit/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2016 06:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18032

Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie visits the Hormel processing plant in Austin, Minnesota on June 9, 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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Red Wing Crock http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/red-wing-crock/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/red-wing-crock/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2016 06:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18029

A Red Wing Union Stoneware Co. 8-gallon white glazed crock with birch leaves stamped decoration, circa 1910. With a variety of sizes ranging from 2 to 60 gallons, the Red Wing crocks were sold in the thousands in the years between 1877 and 1947.

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

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Dance Costume http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/dance-costume/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/dance-costume/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2016 06:01:08 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18026

A women’s dance costume for ‘A Full Moon in March’ which premiered February 10, 1951, at the Brodbeck Auditorium in Maryland. (.1) Yellow synthetic stretch knit with circular neckline and flared full-length skirt. (.2) Headpiece with corded crown and chin strap. (.3) Papier mache mask prop. Costume designer and maker, Bernice Lehman. 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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Women’s Place Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/women%e2%80%99s-place-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/03/women%e2%80%99s-place-button/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2016 06:01:00 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18023

A feminist button, probably from the 1960s or 70s that reads: “WOMAN’S PLACE IS EVERY PLACE”.

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

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Dakota Tobacco Pouch http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/dakota-tobacco-pouch/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/dakota-tobacco-pouch/#comments Mon, 29 Feb 2016 06:01:41 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18020

A Dakota tobacco pouch and pipe stem bag. Both are constructed of buckskin and decorated with beadwork panels and fringed edges. Porcupine quill-wrapped tassels terminating in tinkler cones with horsehair tufts are attached to the mouth of the tobacco pouch; the fringe attached to its bottom is also quill-wrapped. Circa 1900.

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

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Nitrous http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/nitrous/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/nitrous/#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2016 06:01:17 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18006

A man tests out a dentist’s nitrous oxide machine in February, 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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Democrat Pennant http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/democrat-pennant/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/democrat-pennant/#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2016 06:01:14 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18003 A Hubert H. Humphrey and Edmund Muskie 1968 presidential campaign felt banner with cream colored text that reads “Vote DEMOCRAT”.

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

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Thomas Walker http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/thomas-walker/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/thomas-walker/#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2016 06:01:11 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=18000

A 1/6th plate daguerreotype showing a young Thomas B. Walker and an unidentified man in 1852. Walker made his fortune in timber and went on to found the Minneapolis Public Library and the Walker Art Center.

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Screw Gauge http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/screw-gauge/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/screw-gauge/#comments Tue, 23 Feb 2016 06:01:46 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17997

A promotional screw, nut and washer gauge distributed by the Vincent Screw & Bolt Company of Minneapolis. Circa 1940-60.

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

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Norwegian Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/norwegian-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/norwegian-button/#comments Mon, 22 Feb 2016 06:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17994

Traditional Norwegian style shirt button in metal with one side etched with a “P” and the other in a worn floral design. Made in the late 1800s and worn as part of a traditional dance costume in the 1970s.

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WWII Aussies http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/wwii-aussies/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/wwii-aussies/#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 06:01:42 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17978

Two Australian (?) officers having coffee at a Minneapolis O-Club on November 26, 1943.

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 Camper http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/tonka-camper/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/tonka-camper/#comments Thu, 18 Feb 2016 06:01:39 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17975

A toy mini-camper in original package, model number 1261, by Tonka Toys, Mound, Minnesota, 1975.

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

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New Website on Ojibwe Material Culture http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/new-website-on-ojibwe-material-culture/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/new-website-on-ojibwe-material-culture/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:45:56 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17983
A new addition to the Explore section of the website is a single theme page dedicated to the material culture of the Ojibwe people that are currently in the Minnesota Historical Society’s holdings. The number of objects is over 2,000 and includes clothing, birchbark, tools, and government items.

The website is organized into different categories, making it easier for the user to find specific objects. Once in a category, it will lead to either a sub-category page or link to MNHS’ online search tool with the corresponding objects. These items were digitized as a result of a project to make the Ojibwe material more accessible.

Some of the highlights from the collection include a beaded jacket dated circa  1920s:

A wooden mold used for making maple sugar candy dated circa the early 20th century:

A pair of beaded moccasins dated circa 1999:

A wooden and leather lacrosse stick dated circa the early 20th century:

Visit the Ojibwe Material Culture site and explore for yourself!

Rita Walaszek
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Thermos http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/thermos/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/thermos/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2016 06:01:31 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17972

Stainless steel thermos set used by the ffolliott family circa 1960. The set consists of a thermos, plastic stopper, cup cap, and thermos box. Manufactured by Aladdin Industries, Inc., a company based in Nashville, Tennessee.

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

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DQ Shirt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/dq-shirt/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/dq-shirt/#comments Tue, 16 Feb 2016 06:01:07 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17969

A child’s white, cotton button down shirt promoting Dairy Queen products, circa late 1950s.

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

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Dakota Child’s Jacket http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/dakota-childrens-jacket/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/dakota-childrens-jacket/#comments Mon, 15 Feb 2016 06:01:02 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17966

A Dakota child’s leather jacket decorated with intricate beaded floral design. Dated to the late 19th, early 20th century.

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Fur Coat http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/fur-coat/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/fur-coat/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:01:53 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17962

A man in a fur coat and holding a camera looks at art in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in December 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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Tiffany Cup http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/tiffany-cup/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/tiffany-cup/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 06:01:23 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17959

A sterling silver cup with repousse ornamentation in shield and scrollery designs on sides. “MATTIE” engraved on side and “Tiffany and Co./G&W/14/1759″ engraved on base. Circa 1852-53.

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

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Crunch Megaphone http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/crunch-megaphone/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/crunch-megaphone/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:01:57 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17956

A Minnesota Timberwolves professional basketball team promotional megaphone that once contained miniature Nestle Crunch bars. 1991.

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

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Hockey Patch http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/hockey-patch/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/hockey-patch/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 06:01:16 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17953

A University of Minnesota Hockey Team patch, used by former Minnesota Governor Wendell Anderson during his time on the University of Minnesota hockey team in the 1950s.

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

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Farming Button http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/farming-button/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/farming-button/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 06:01:54 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17950

A button distributed by The Minneapolis Daily News that states “Let’s Make Farming Pay. Circa 1920.

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

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Birds-eye Capitol http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/birds-eye-capitol/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/birds-eye-capitol/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:01:04 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17947

A birds-eye view of the 1953 St. Paul Winter Carnival parade going past the state capitol on February 1, 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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Ironclad Souvenir http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/ironclad-souvenir/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/ironclad-souvenir/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:01:51 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17944

A miniature souvenir anchor made of iron salvaged from the frigate USS Merrimack, which had been rebuilt by the Confederates as the ironclad warship CSS Virginia during the Civil War. The CSS Virginia was engaged at the Battle of Hampton Roads, sinking or grounding three Union ships before being engaged by another ironclad, the USS Monitor. The world’s first battle between ironclad warships ended in a draw. The Virginia was later destroyed to avoid being captured by Union forces. 1907.

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

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Frozen Mississippi http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/frozen-mississippi/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/frozen-mississippi/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:01:17 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17941

An oil on canvas painting titled “Frozen Mississippi”, made by Philip Little in 1910.

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Ojiwbe Dance Apron http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/ojiwbe-dance-apron/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/ojiwbe-dance-apron/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 06:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17938

This dance apron or breech cloth was owned and worn by George Peake, also known as Little Moose, an Ojibwe dramatic reader and story teller from the White Earth Nation. Polychrome floral bead work on black velvet, edges bound with red cloth tape, backed with black silk fabric. It forms part of a costume with the vest, 1995.95.1.1. Possibly made by Nora Reedfield of Mankato, MN.

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

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Folding Table http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/folding-table/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/02/folding-table/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:01:46 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17935

A small child-size wood and metal folding table with built-in bench. Probably from the 1940s or 50s.

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GBs on the Bar http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/gbs-on-the-bar/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/gbs-on-the-bar/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:01:49 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17932

A photograph of a smoke filled Minneapolis tavern with quite a few bottles of Grain Belt Premium on the bar on October 21, 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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Vassarette Slip http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/vassarette-slip/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/vassarette-slip/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17929

A brown and white nylon slip with a print of branches, buds, and leaves, triangular overlapping cups, adjustable spaghetti straps, and a scalloped hem. Designed by Jean Hall of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Made in the 1970s by Hollywood-Vassarette, a division of Munsingwear Incorporated, a company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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

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Chauchat Machine Gun http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/chauchat-machine-gun/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/chauchat-machine-gun/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:01:56 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17926

A French armed forces Model 1915 Chauchat 8 mm Light Machine Gun C.S.R.G. with a detachable crescent-shaped magazine that hold twenty rounds in line. The buttstock, scales for the pistol grip, and turned handle between the trigger and magazine are all walnut. Barrel housing has air-cooling perforations and the muzzle has a flash suppressor. Gun is mounted with a folding bipod that is painted olive drab; other metal parts are painted white. Left side of frame has two sling swivels. Rear of receiver and left side of frame are stamped “C.R.S.G. No. 148190″. From World War I.

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

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Motor Speedway Bond http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/motor-speedway-bond/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/motor-speedway-bond/#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2016 06:01:20 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17922

A gold bond for $10.00 issued by Twin City Motor Speedway Company in 1915.

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

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Arrowhead Milk http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/arrowhead-milk/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/arrowhead-milk/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:01:22 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17919

An Arrowhead brand milk carton made by Franklin Foods, Inc. of Duluth, Minnesota, circa 2000.

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

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Money Shredder http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/money-shredder/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/money-shredder/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2016 06:01:17 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17890

A photograph of Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis employees shredding old and out of date money on October 4, 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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Kicks Halter Top http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/kicks-halter-top/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/kicks-halter-top/#comments Thu, 21 Jan 2016 06:01:15 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17887

An orange Minnesota Kicks soccer team halter-top from the late 1970s. The Kicks professional soccer team played in Minnesota from 1976 to 1981.

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

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Alexander Ramsey http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/alexander-ramsey/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/alexander-ramsey/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2016 06:01:16 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17884

A Civil War era tintype photograph of Alexander Ramsey (front left) seated with Major Baxter (front right), Lt. Benjamin F. Butler (back left), William B. McGrorty (back center), and an unidentified man (back right). 1863
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World War I Daybook Update! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/world-war-i-daybook-update/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/world-war-i-daybook-update/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:08:33 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17904 Hello! My name is Lisa Matson and I have been working as the World War I Daybook Research Assistant Intern this fall. I graduated in May from St. Olaf College with a History major and a Women’s and Gender Studies concentration. Over the last few months I have been continuing the research started by the first two World War I Daybook interns, Molly and Mary. I spent most of my time during the internship in the Gale Family Library reading through manuscript collections. These collections were largely in the form of letters, journals, and other accounts of the war written by men in military service, or men and women serving overseas with other organizations such as the Red Cross and YMCA. There were also a few collections relating to the role of Minnesotans at home during the war. Many of the manuscript collections that I researched will be included in the World War I Daybook blog.

One interesting source that I researched consisted of letters written by Willard W. Bixby, a Minnesota man who worked as a Red Cross ambulance driver in Italy beginning in June 1918. Bixby’s work driving ambulances as a Red Cross volunteer involved moving injured soldiers between hospitals and working on the front lines removing injured soldiers from the battlefields to hospitals where they would be treated. Bixby’s letters to his family describe Italy and his life as an ambulance driver. These letters provide an interesting and unique insight into the war as Bixby served in Italy, while most of the other collections I researched were written by people serving in France, and he was the only ambulance driver in the manuscript collection that I encountered.

In a letter from June 16, 1918, Bixby describes driving an ambulance in the midst of an attack that started the day before and (as he states in later letters) lasted for eight days. It was written from “somewhere on the Piave” in Italy. Here is a selection from Bixby’s letter:

“The anticipated attack started yesterday morning about 1 A.M. I have been on the go every minute and have had about 6 hrs. sleep in the last 48. I am well and safe but have certainly seen the thick of it. . . . I have a machine now so we all have to be on duty as it is a night and day affair. . . . I can see shrapnel bursting from my window and believe me it is not the most pleasant of sounds.”

In later letters, Bixby describes his work throughout the following months and his role in the “grand advance” at the end of the war. See more posts about Willard W. Bixby’s life as a Red Cross ambulance driver in the World War I Daybook blog!

These are two types of ambulances driven by the Red Cross ambulance men. This photo is captioned, “The Fiats carry twice as many wounded as do the Fords. The contrast in size is plainly to be seen here.”

Citation: Willard W. Bixby and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. [A/.B624]

Don’t forget to check out the World War I Daybook when the blog launches in April 2017 and keep up to date with the research process blog posts until then!

Lisa Matson, World War I Daybook Intern

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Nemadji Pottery Mug http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/nemadji-pottery-mug/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/nemadji-pottery-mug/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 06:01:57 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17880

A Nemadji pottery mug from the “Forest Impressions” line. This one shows a silver maple leaf in black. Nemadji Pottery opened in Northern Minnesota in 1923 and closed in 2002. This mug is from the 1980s or 90s.

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

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Marching Band Paddle http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/marching-band-paddle/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/marching-band-paddle/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2016 06:01:54 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17877

A wooden paddle used in the ceremonial hazing of freshman members of the University of Minnesota Marching Band, circa 1947.

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

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“You’re a Saint or you ain’t!” http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/%e2%80%9cyou%e2%80%99re-a-saint-or-you-ain%e2%80%99t%e2%80%9d/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/%e2%80%9cyou%e2%80%99re-a-saint-or-you-ain%e2%80%99t%e2%80%9d/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:27:58 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17893

Although ice hockey has been played in Minnesota at the amateur and scholastic level since the 1890s, Minnesotans had to wait until 1967 for its first professional team, the North Stars, to emerge from a National Hockey League expansion.  In 1971 the World Hockey Association was formed to compete with the NHL and Minnesota garnered a second professional team, the Minnesota Fighting Saints.

Based in Saint Paul, the Fighting Saints were actually two distinct teams.  The first squad, which rallied fans with the catchphrase “You’re a Saint or you ain’t!” played four seasons beginning in 1972 and boasted a winning record of 30-25-4 before folding in 1976.  The Saints’ second incarnation came in 1976 when the WHA’s Cleveland Crusaders moved to Saint Paul.   The “New Fighting Saints”, as they were sometimes known, also fared well on the ice and had a winning record (19-18-5) through their first 42 contests.  Yet despite their success and a devoted following the Saints could not compete financially with the North Stars, which benefited from a favorable television contract.  Unable to secure a buyer, owner Nick Mileti was forced to fold the franchise on January 20, 1977.

Among the Saints’ star players was Canadian-born Dave Keon, who used this stick during the 1976-77 season.  Keon spent 15 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs before joining the WHA, where he also played with the Indianapolis Racers and the New England Whalers. One of the greatest two-way centers in professional hockey, Keon scored 498 career goals and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.

Adam Scher, Senior Curator

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Truman, Humphrey and Freeman http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/truman-humphrey-and-freeman/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/truman-humphrey-and-freeman/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2016 06:01:45 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17874

Former President Truman visits with Governor Freeman and Senator Humphrey during a January 15, 1956 visit to 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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Wool Cap http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/wool-cap/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/wool-cap/#comments Thu, 14 Jan 2016 06:01:50 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17871

A man’s grey wool newsboy style cap with ear warmer flaps that fold up into the cap. Made by Standard Clothing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, ca. 1930.

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

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What is that? A pleating iron! http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/what-is-that-a-pleating-iron/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/what-is-that-a-pleating-iron/#comments Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:01:58 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17868

A pleating iron made in Geneva, Illinois in the 1860s. Pleating or fluting irons were used during the nineteenth century to press permanent, decorative pleats into cloth.

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

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3-M Hourglass http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/3-m-hourglass/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/3-m-hourglass/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2016 06:01:55 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17865

Hourglass, box, information card and information sheet commemorating the centennial of 3M in 2002. The card reads in part, “This unique, commemorative hourglass contains finely ground rock mined from 3M’s original Crystal Bay site. 3M was founded to mine this mineral which was believed to be corundum – but is actually a rock known as anorthosite.”

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

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Glass Dish http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/glass-dish/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/glass-dish/#comments Mon, 11 Jan 2016 06:01:28 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17862

Transparent green glass dish created by Michael Tonder of Two Harbors, Minnesota in 1996. The dish is assembled from many small pieces of recycled glass fused together and sand blasted.

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

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Diorama http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/diorama/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/diorama/#comments Fri, 08 Jan 2016 06:01:32 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17834

A photograph of a man working on one of the large dioramas at the Bell Museum of Natural History, September 22, 1955.

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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U of M ID Card http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/u-of-m-id-card/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/u-of-m-id-card/#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2016 06:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17831

A WWII era ID card for Marjorie Cox from the University of Minnesota.

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

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World War I Artifacts Digitized http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/world-war-i-artifacts-digitized/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/world-war-i-artifacts-digitized/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 18:54:29 +0000 Lori Williamson http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17837 For the past several years the Minnesota Historical Society’s staff have been digitizing our World War I related artifacts. This collection comprises approximately 1,800 objects including United States military uniforms, equipment and supplies, as well as foreign military items (most of which were brought home as souvenirs), trench art, Red Cross materials, and more. The project was undertaken in anticipation of the centennial of the Great War and two major World War I programs planned for spring of 2017: an exhibit focusing on the home front currently in development; and the World War I daybook blog launching in April, 2017.

With the digitization project now complete, all World War I artifacts in the MNHS Collection are available to view on the Collections Online database. Here are some highlights from this incredible collection:

Victory medal awarded to Tela B. Burt, an African-American from Minneapolis who served as a supply sergeant with the 809th Regiment of Pioneer Infantry in France, circa 1919. After the war ended, Burt returned to the Minneapolis and had a career with the post office, played music for several dance bands, and eventually became one of the first African Americans in the Twin Cities area to enter the real estate field.

A length of barbed wire from Verdun, France, found by Miss Frances Rogers of Minnesota, who was part of the American Fund for French Wounded.

German military field telephone inside oak case, circa 1915.

A United States Army Model 1917 steel helmet. This classic World War I “doughboy” helmet was worn by Private Clarence Ervin Ohmann of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

A ditty box owned by United States Navy Seaman Edward R. Stensrud of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It contained souvenirs relating to Stensrud’s WWI service, including postcards, German and Swedish matchboxes and an address book. Railway tags have been pasted on each end of the box.

Coat for an American Red Cross overseas uniform, worn by Margaret MacLaren of Saint Paul, Minnesota, while serving in France circa 1918.

British military issue gas mask and cloth case, circa. There were many types of gas masks used during the war, and this is known as a Small Box Respirator.

French Croix de Guerre medal awarded to Minnesotan John Bowe. When the war began Bowe was the mayor of Canby, Minnesota. He abandoned his position and went to Canada to join the military, where he was rejected due to age. He then went to England and tried to enlist, but was informed he would have to renounce his United States’ citizenship. He then went to France where he joined the French Foreign Legion in 1915.

Minnesota service flag created for the Victory Liberty Loan Campaign in April, 1919. The approximately 1,200 gold stars represent the servicemen from Minnesota who died during the war. It is 18 feet high, and 28 feet long.

Stephanie Olson, Collections Assistant

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Snowy Farm http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/snowy-farm/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/snowy-farm/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 06:01:34 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17828

A color woodcut on paper “Untitled [Farmstead in the Snow]” made by Elmer Young in 1944.

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

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Star Quilt http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/star-quilt-2/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/star-quilt-2/#comments Tue, 05 Jan 2016 06:01:36 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17825

An eight-pointed star quilt. Hand-pieced and hand-quilted, made by Susan Messervy Foster in Dennysville, Washington County, Maine, 1832.

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

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Quilled Moccasins http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/quilled-moccasins/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/quilled-moccasins/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 06:01:01 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17821

A pair of quilled leather men’s shoes, likely Lakota in origin, circa 1880 to 1900. The shoes are quilled in a series of rows using the two-thread, one-quill crossed sewing technique that is unique to the northern Plains. The soles of the moccasins are also fully quilled with the pattern of a cross at the toe, an elk or deer track at the ball, and a pipe at the heel.

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

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Icy Windshield http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/icy-windshield/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2016/01/icy-windshield/#comments Fri, 01 Jan 2016 06:01:44 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17817

A photograph of a man scraping the ice off his windshield on January 24, 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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US Army Wings http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/us-army-wings/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/us-army-wings/#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:01:53 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17814

United States Army aviator’s non-regulation “wings” badge (.1) in box (.2). The wings are hand-made of cast silver with a pin fastener on the back, which is stamped “STERLING / WING”. The box exterior is black leather, with black velvet interior. Worn by Major Harold Melville Clark of Saint Paul, Minnesota, for whom Clark Field in Panama is named. Circa 1918.

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

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Prairie Coteau http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/prairie-coteau/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/prairie-coteau/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2015 06:01:54 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17811

A color photograph of prairie plants, one of six, made by Minnesota photographer Linda Gammell in 1998.

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

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Headwaters Signpost http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/headwaters-signpost/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/headwaters-signpost/#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2015 16:13:11 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17807

A monument formerly located in Itasca State Park, marking the origin of the Mississippi River at the outlet of Lake Itasca in Minnesota. The monument consists of a partial tree trunk with a flat rectangular surface cut out on one side. Carved into the flat surface, and painted brilliant orange yellow, is: “HERE 1475 FT / ABOVE / THE OCEAN / THE MIGHTY / MISSISSIPPI / BEGINS / TO FLOW / ON ITS / WINDING WAY / 2552 MILES / TO THE / GULF / OF MEXICO.” Circa 1975-1988.

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

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Sanborn Holster http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/sanborn-holster/ http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/2015/12/sanborn-holster/#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2015 16:12:21 +0000 Jason Onerheim http://discussions.mnhs.org/collections/?p=17804

Tooled leather open top revolver holster used by John B. Sanborn. Sanborn was a member of the Congressional-appointed Indian Peace Commission and served in both the Minnesota State House and the Senate. Probably from the 1870s.

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

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