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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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Ojibwe Family

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

A photograph showing 5 members of an Ojibwe family in the early 1900s.

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Dan Patch Trophy

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

A sterling silver trophy won by Dan Patch, a pacing harness horse from Minnesota that set multiple world speed records that would not be matched until 1938. The inscription on the three-handled cup reads “Presented by / Memphis Trotting Association / FOR WORLDS RECORD / TO HARNESS PACING / WON BY / Dan Patch / Owned by M. W. Savage / Driven by H. S. Herbey / TIME 1:56 Oct. 26-1904.” The trophy was made by the Gorham Company in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Bicycle Cape

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

A woman’s bicycle cape of tan wool with a yoke, stand-up collar and same collar top-stitching. The circular cape is lined in an art nouveau printed cotton of pink, blue, black, brown, tan and beige. Made in the early 1900s.

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State Fair Ticket

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The 2015 Minnesota State Fair opens today and in honor of that we present a week and a half of Fair related Item of the Day posts.

This is a 1908 Minnesota State Fair complimentary admission ticket booklet from the records of the Faribault State Hospital. The front cover reads “COMPLIMENTARY NOT TRANSFERABLE 1908 / MINNESOTA STATE FAIR / 49TH Annual Exhibition / FOR [blank] and LADY / AUGUST 31ST TO SEPT. 5TH 1908 / NO. 1258” the blank is filled in “A. C. Rogers”. While the book originally contained six perforated paper tickets, only numbers 3, 4 and 5 remain attached in the booklet.

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Plains Knife Sheath

Monday, August 24th, 2015

A Plains leather knife sheath circa the late 19th century or early 20th century. The sheath has beadwork decoration on one side and a loom-woven beadwork strap. The sheath beadwork is stitched in a geometric pattern and has blue, yellow and green glass seed beads, sewn with what is probably sinew.

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Feather Hat

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

An oversized hat with high crown and inner frame, circa 1905. Hat is draped in black velvet with a band of black and deep red corded silk draped on lower half. The brocade ribbon forms a band at lower crown. Front of hat is trimmed with a circlet of pheasant feathers with very deep red dyed quills extending above hat. Black silk lining.

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MPL Art Gallery

Monday, August 10th, 2015

A view of the art gallery in the Minneapolis Public Library at 10th and Hennepin in 1908.

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Dakota Bag

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

A Dakota/Lakota carrying or storage bag made of tanned leather, circa 1900. A beadwork panel on the front of the bag features geometric designs in shades of yellow, blue, green and red on a white background. Similar panels decorate the sides and top flap of the bag, as do pairs of tinkler cones terminating in tufts of dyed-red horsehair.

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