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Frozen Mississippi

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

An oil on canvas painting titled “Frozen Mississippi”, made by Philip Little in 1910.

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Chauchat Machine Gun

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

A French armed forces Model 1915 Chauchat 8 mm Light Machine Gun C.S.R.G. with a detachable crescent-shaped magazine that hold twenty rounds in line. The buttstock, scales for the pistol grip, and turned handle between the trigger and magazine are all walnut. Barrel housing has air-cooling perforations and the muzzle has a flash suppressor. Gun is mounted with a folding bipod that is painted olive drab; other metal parts are painted white. Left side of frame has two sling swivels. Rear of receiver and left side of frame are stamped “C.R.S.G. No. 148190″. From World War I.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this machine gun in our collections database.

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Motor Speedway Bond

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

A gold bond for $10.00 issued by Twin City Motor Speedway Company in 1915.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this bond in our collections database.

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US Army Wings

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

United States Army aviator’s non-regulation “wings” badge (.1) in box (.2). The wings are hand-made of cast silver with a pin fastener on the back, which is stamped “STERLING / WING”. The box exterior is black leather, with black velvet interior. Worn by Major Harold Melville Clark of Saint Paul, Minnesota, for whom Clark Field in Panama is named. Circa 1918.

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Matchbox

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

A brass matchbox holder depicting the applied insignia of Imperial Germany including the inscription “GOTT MIT UNS” (God with us). This military souvenir was collected by a Sergeant with the 45th Engineers while serving in France during World War I.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this matchbox in our collections database.

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Toy Tank

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

A model of an amphibious tank made of light-weight metal, possibly tin cans, and painted olive drab. The inscription reads “Made in 72 Camp”, and it features a 12-pointed star in white with red circle. Made around 1918.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this toy in our collections database.

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Trench Knife

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

A United States Army Model 1918 trench knife features a brass knuckle handle with individual finger loops and a double-edged dagger blade. Knives like this were used during World War I for close fighting in trenches.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this knife in our collections database.

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Dorothy Hill Dress

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

A dinner dress of ashes of roses silk taffeta and white tulle, embellished with ribbons of lace bows, cording, gauging, ruching and silver threads. Designed by Lady Duff Gordon (Lucile, Ltd). The designer named her dresses each season. This dress was named “Happiness” and was designed in fall of 1916. It was owned by Dorothy Hill, daughter-in-law of James J. Hill.

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Porfirio Diaz Park

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

A print depicting Porfirio Diaz Park in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Made in 1915 by Minnesota artist Cadwallader L. Washburn (not to be confused with the Cadwallader C. Washburn who helped found General Mills).

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Chinese Restaurant Sign

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

An ornate sign with three black Chinese characters in relief surrounded by carved gilded designs of birds, flowers, etc. on a gilded ground. The characters translate as “YUEN FAUNG LO” or “The Cafe of Many Different Vistas”. The sign was carved in Canton, China, and hung in John’s Place, one of the first Chinese restaurants in Minneapolis. Circa 1914.

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