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J.J. Brechet Cash Store, Glencoe

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

J.J. Brechet Cash Store, Glencoe

A tintype photograph of J.J. Brechet Cash Store in Glencoe, Minnesota taken around 1890.

For details, view this tintype in our collections database.

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Red Wing ceramic pig

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Red Wing ceramic pig

Glazed stoneware pig likely made by the Red Wing Stoneware Company in the late 1890s.

For details, view this stoneware figure in our collections database.

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Plow

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Plow

Wooden plow made in Sweden circa 1850 and brought to the United States by Swedish immigrants in 1890.  The plow is featured in the podcast “They Chose Minnesota: Immigration to the North Star State.”

For details, view the plow in our online collections database.

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Arbuckle’s Ariosa coffee

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Arbuckle's Ariosa coffee

Three-ounce bag of Arbuckle’s Ariosa coffee beans. Manufactured by Arbuckle Brothers in New York, New York between 1891 and 1900.

For details, view the bag in our online collections database.

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Victorian valentine

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Victorian valentine

Chromolithographed paper valentine created between 1890 and 1900.

For details, view the valentine in our online collections database.

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Medicine delivery wagon

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Medicine delivery wagon

Horse-drawn delivery wagon adapted for use by Dr. Peter Mark, a manufacturer and purveyor of patent medicines active during the 1890s. All four sides of the wagon are decorated with faded stenciled or painted designs advertising Dr. Mark’s patent medicines, including “Sarsaparilla for the Blood” and “Mark’s Lung Balsam.”

For details, view the wagon in our online collections database.

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Lace-making pillow

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Lace-making pillow

Bobbin lace-making pillow and wooden stand.  Used during the 1890s by an Austrian immigrant to the United States.

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Victorian coat

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Late Victorian coat

Coat owned and worn during the 1890s by Martha Aurelia Langdon Truesdale, daughter of Minnesota engineer Robert Bruce Langdon (1826-1895) and wife of Arizona Territory Supreme Court Justice Hiram C. Truesdale (1860-1897).  The silk winter coat is lined with angora wool and features a paisley-like motif popular during the Aesthetic Movement.

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Minnesota State Fair, 1890

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Minnesota State Fair, 1890

To celebrate this year’s Minnesota State Fair, the Item of the Day blog is offering  a series of posts featuring artifacts, art and photographs from fairs past. Look for a new post every weekday beginning today and ending on August 31. The 2012 fair opens today (August 23) in Falcon Heights.

Otto Norquist, Minnesota State Fair (1890).  Oil on canvas.  Collection Minnesota Historical Society. Gift of Mabel Norquist, Mrs. Frances Ogren and Elbert Norquist.

For details, view the painting in our online collections database.

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Speed Holman’s baby shoes

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Speed Holman's baby shoes

Shoes worn by aviator and stunt pilot Charles “Speed” Holman of Minneapolis during his babyhood and early childhood, 1898-1903.  The shoes have leather uppers and soles and close with metal buttons.   Holman died in an air show accident in Omaha, Nebraska in 1931.

For details, view the shoes in our online collections database.

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