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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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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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