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Mill Bill

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

A double-headed wedge with detachable wooden handle used at the Pillsbury Flour Mill for dressing mill stones.

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East Hennepin

Monday, March 9th, 2015

A watercolor painting of an industrial area in Minneapolis off East Hennepin Ave, made by Bob Brown in the 1930s or 40s.

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CCC Ring

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

A sterling silver ring made in a Minnesota CCC camp in 1933.

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Wool Coat

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

A men’s Town and Country melton wool coat with brown leather lining and white/grey collar. Manufactured by Guiterman Brothers, Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1930s-40s.

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Ojibwe Beaded Fob

Monday, February 16th, 2015

A buckskin fob with loom-beaded design of two turkeys on a blue background and beaded boarder with a metal snap closure at the top. Purchased at the Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota, circa 1932.

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Beadwork Fragment

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

A piece of buckskin (probably top of moccasin or vamp) with incomplete beadwork with needle still attached with thread. Collected by Frances Densmore and donated to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1930. Possibly attributed to the Ojibwe.

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Frozen

Friday, January 9th, 2015

A milk bottle frozen after sitting outside too long during a January 1937 cold spell.

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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Mendota South

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

A woodcut print on paper titled “Mendota South” made by Alexander Masley in 1935.

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St. Paul Street Scene

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

An oil on masonite painting of a St. Paul street scene made by Minnesota artist Arthur Allie in the 1930s.

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Swee-Tone Perfume

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

A jug of “Swee-Tone” perfume with the original cardboard shipping box, manufactured by The Nipola Company of St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1930 the Nipola Company was indicted with over thirty other businesses nationwide on charges of conspiring to illegally divert legally obtained alcohol to bootleggers because their products could be distilled for use in bootlegged liquor. This box of perfume was found with a cache of 70 similar boxes behind a false wall in a building on the Ancker Hospital complex at Jefferson and Colborne in St. Paul, Minnesota, shortly before the complex was demolished in 1967.

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