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Beaded Smoking Jacket

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Beaded Smoking Jacket

A smoking jacket given to Stafford King in the early 1920s at his induction into the White Earth Band of Ojibwa. Jacket is of chocolate brown velvet with a black velvet collar, a frog and cord front closure and “‘The Hastings’/ BENEDICT & TURNER” label on interior. Appliqué includes floral beadwork and tin jingle cones on the collar, floral beadwork on the cuffs, and jingle cones and other tinwork stitched at the breast and hips.

This jacket can be seen in person in our current Library Lobby display of Native American beadwork. It is open during regular Library hours.

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

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Minnesota Model A sewing machine

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Minnesota Model A sewing machine

A close-up photograph of a Minnesota Model A treadle sewing machine marketed by Sears Roebuck. Model A machines were manufactured between 1900-1930 by a variety of manufacturers including Davis, Domestic and White. This sewing machine is mounted on a solid oak, automatic drop desk cabinet. The machine has an enameled black head with gilt scroll ornaments including “Minnesota A”.

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

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Meat Market Jersey

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Meat Market Jersey

Short-sleeved wool baseball uniform jersey with a button-closure front opening. The shirt reads “IHLEN / MEAT MARKET” across the back, circa 1900-1925.

For details, view this jersey in our collections database.

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“Fish Houses”

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Oil on canvas painting by Cameron Booth, 1923.

For details, view this painting in our collections database.

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Cottage owned by Dapper Dan

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Cottage owned by Dapper Dan

On this day, December 4, 1928, a car bomb killed “Dapper Dan” Hogan an underworld boss and owner of a notorious speakeasy called the Green Lantern. This photograph shows his summer cottage near Bemidji, appropriately named “Big Boss Lake”.

For details, view this photograph in our collections database.

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Minneapolis postcard

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Minneapolis postcard

Postcard that reads “It may seem funny but — Minneapolis is a very fascinating town!!” and which has a blue felt “Minneapolis” banner attached. Circa 1920.

For details, view this postcard in our collections database.

And for more from the 1920s don’t miss:

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Kibbeh grinding set

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Kibbeh grinding set

Lebanese mortar and pestle with cover, for use in pounding meat to make kibbeh. Kibbeh is a dish combining ground raw lamb with cracked wheat, onion, mint, basil, cumin seed, cinnamon, salt and olive oil. The mortar (A) is made from a square block of marble. Also included are the wooden pestle-style grinder (B) and red enameled metal cover (C). The set was brought to the United States from Lebanon in 1922.

For details, view the kibbeh grinding set in our online collections database.

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Brotherhood Railway Carmen of America banner

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Brotherhood Railway Carmen of America banner

Painted silk banner with linen backing and embroidered fringe created for the Brotherhood Railway Carmen of America, Minnehaha Lodge, between 1920 and 1930. The B.R.C. of A.’s Minnehaha Lodge was founded during World War I by Carl Skoglund, a mechanic at the Pullman rail yard in Minneapolis and a leading figure of the Socialist Worker party.

For details, view the banner in our online collections database.

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Kitchen Kabinet Orchestra

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Kitchen Kabinet Orchestra

One of the strengths of the Minnesota State Archives collection is its records set documenting St. Paul public schools; virtually every elementary, junior high, and senior high school in the city is represented. This 1920s-era photograph of the Bryant Elementary School Kitchen Kabinet Orchestra (K.K.O) depicts the group’s members posed with their instruments, all of which were fashioned from kitchen utensils.

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Post-election sign recovery

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Post-election sign recovery

Two boy scouts pose in front of stacks of bundled papers.  The sign they hold reads, “8960 election signs etc. removed from trees, poles, buildings on Minneapolis public property and boulevards by Boy Scouts.”  Photographed by Lee Brothers Photography in 1921.

For details, view the photograph in our online collections database.

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