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U.S.S. Maumee Pennant

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Dark blue and gold felt pennant of the U.S.S. Maumee (AO-2), which was commissioned in 1916 and refueled destroyers at sea during World War I. The pennant reads “U S N [United States Navy] / U.S.S. MAUMEE”.

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WWI Boots and Spurs

Monday, November 24th, 2014

A pair of non-regulation United States Army officer’s leather calf-length boots worn by Dr. James Martineau of the U.S. Army Medical Corps. The pull-on type boots are equipped with U.S. Army-type German silver (nickel alloy) jack spurs.

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Wool Hood

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

An aviator’s brown wool knit hood. The hood covers the whole head and neck except for the face, and is made in two pieces sewn together along the midline. It was worn in France by First Lieutenant David H. Backus, who served as a pilot with both the French Lafayette Escadrille, and the 49th U.S. Aero Squadron during World War I.

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School District #43 desk and bench

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

A cast iron and wood school desk and bench used in the Watonwan, Minnesota school district, circa 1889-1919.

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Teton Dakota Vest

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

A lane-stitched beaded leather Teton Dakota vest, circa 1914.

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Cavalry Jacket

Monday, September 15th, 2014

United States Army cavalry enlisted soldier’s dress uniform worn by Private Oscar V. Challander of the 12th Cavalry, Company H. The gold trimmed jacket is draped with a gold aiguillette, has gilt brass General Service buttons and a standing band collar with gilt brass crossed sabers pins at either side with “12″ and “H” in the angles.

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Sails

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

An oil on canvas painting titled “Sails on Lake Minnetonka” made by Ada Wolfe in 1914.

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Emma and her Brownie

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The Minnesota Historical Society loves photography and thus declares this week to be the “Unofficial History of Photography Week”. Each day we will post an image from a different photographic method.

Today we present this black and white print of Emma Ray and her Brownie box camera in 1917. Emma was a prolific St. Paul photographer at the turn of the century. Photography was forever changed with the invention of the Brownie camera in 1900. It was a low cost and easy to use format and popularized amateur photography and the candid “snapshot”.

To learn more about the Sadie and Emma Ray photography collection, please watch this podcast.

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Beaded Jacket

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

A Dakota beaded jacket purchased by personnel of Camp Kamaji on Cass Lake, Minnesota in the 1910s.

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Motor Corps Coat

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Motor Corps Coat

Minnesota Home Guard Motor Corps olive drab wool flannel uniform sack coat cap worn by Carl M. Stendal, ca.1919.

The cotton twill lined coat (A) has four flap-type patch pockets, plain cuffs, a high standing band collar with “MINNESOTA HOME GUARD / MOTOR CORPS” and “MRG” collar discs, dull bronze Great Seal buttons, and a silver “SHARPSHOOTER” badge at the left breast dated “1919-21-22″. The cotton lined service cap (B) has a leather visor and chin strap with a dull bronze “MINNESOTA HOME GUARD / MOTOR CORPS” disc on the crown.

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