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McKinley-Roosevelt Hat

Monday, July 18th, 2016

A brown felt fedora given to Minneapolis Journal editor Herschel V. Jones by Vice Presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt in 1900 during Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west. The hat’s leather sweatband is stamped with “MCKINLEY” and “ROOSEVELT” encircled by laurel wreaths joined by a central banner reading “THE / NATION’S / CHOICE”. “THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL” and Roosevelt’s signature have been written on the crown of the hat in ink, while “ROOSEVELT TRIP 1900″ and a long list of tour stop locations have been written on the top of the hat’s brim. The underside of the brim was signed by other members of the tour press corps.

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Quillwork Breeches

Monday, June 20th, 2016

A Lakota boy’s leather knee-length breeche, made on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, South Dakota, circa 1900. They are machine and hand stitched and are lined in white cotton. Quillwork on both sides of the outside leg includes motifs of a thunderbird, a star and flowers using dyed red, green, purple and white quills.

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Whiskey Bottle

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

An empty half-pint bottle of Sandell Brothers’ Old Monogram Pure Rye Whiskey, manufactured in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It was found inside the wall of a home built in 1907 in the West Side neighborhood of Saint Paul.

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Gold Medal Flour Doll

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

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

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Bjella Automobile

Monday, April 18th, 2016

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.

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“Ladies” Spittoon

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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.

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Dakota Tobacco Pouch

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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.

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Dakota Child’s Jacket

Monday, February 15th, 2016

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

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Ironclad Souvenir

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

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.

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Glass Dish

Monday, January 11th, 2016

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.

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