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More Cowbell

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

A cowbell with bracket attachment for use with drum kit, used by Lester Burwell in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Burwell bought his drum kit secondhand in 1931 and played it in a three-piece band throughout the 1930s, playing in parks, schools, and bars in the Minnesota State Capitol area, where he earned three dollars for two nights. They also played for events at the Lake Johanna Volunteer Fire Department. The other band members played piano, accordion and banjo. The band last played at a friend’s wedding in 1953. Lester Burwell also played drums a few nights with Whoopie John Wilfahrt’s polka band.

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Fighting a Fire

Friday, February 10th, 2017

A photograph of a large crowd watching Minneapolis Firefighters battle a huge fire in the milling district in August of 1937.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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Merganser Decoy

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

A Merganser duck decoy carved out of hardwood and painted. The artist is unknown.

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Wing Walkers

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

This photograph shows flight attendants Burnece Sorby and possibly Olga Loken, on the wing of a Northwest Airlines airplane in 1939.

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Rochester Postcard

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

A postcard from the 1930s that states, “Greetings from Rochester, Minn.”

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Visualize the Shot

Friday, December 30th, 2016

A photograph of the 1938 Hamline University basketball team contemplating the basket.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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Beaded Gloves

Monday, December 12th, 2016

A pair of Ojibwe leather gauntlets decorated with floral beadwork. Dated circa 1900-1950.

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The Tall and Short of it

Friday, December 9th, 2016

A photograph of a tall high jumper standing next to a short judge at a May 1937 track meet at the University of Minnesota.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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Upside-down Veggies

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

A photograph of a Krietzman’s Produce van overturned in the street, spilling fruit and vegetables on May 1, 1937.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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Mushrooms

Friday, November 25th, 2016

A photograph of a woman learning about edible mushrooms in 1938.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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