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Northern Ordnance Blotter

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

A Northern Ordnance Incorporated ink blotter showing Grandpop, Brown & Bigelow’s advertising chimpanzee character. On the left the text reads ” ‘Winning a War Is / No ‘Snap’ ‘ / NORTHERN ORDNANCE INCORPORATED / MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA / MONEY BUSINESS IS FOR MONKEYS.” Printed by Brown & Bigelow of St. Paul, MN during WWII.

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Bronko

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

On this day, November 3 in 1908 football player and professional wrestler Bronislav “Bronko” Nagurski was born in Ontario.

This photograph taken in the 1940s shows Bronko goofing off in the wrestling ring with an unidentified woman.

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ID Badge

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

A military installation identification badge issued to 1st Lt. Graham E. Elvgren in 1944. Used by Elvgren during B-29 pilot training. Elvgren was from Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Helicopters

Friday, October 17th, 2014

A photograph of two Minneapolis and Star Tribune helicopters taking off from a baseball field in October 1947.

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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Squirtin’ Gertie the 4th

Friday, September 12th, 2014

A specially equipped Douglas C-54 Skymaster icing project airplane, named “Squirtin’ Gertie the 4th” in the hanger at the Ice Research Base in Minneapolis on November 18, 1947.

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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Feed Sack Quilt

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Small feed sack quilt featuring dress prints in a tumbling blocks pattern. Circa 1940-50.

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Gypsy Rose Lee at the Fair

Friday, August 29th, 2014

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

A crowd gathers to catch a glimpse of the world famous Gypsy Rose Lee at the 1949 Minnesota State Fair.

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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Corn Parade

Monday, August 4th, 2014

A view of the Sweet Corn Festival parade in Olivia, Minnesota on August 4, 1949.

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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Porky

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Porky! The Famous Pig with only two legs getting a scrub down by his owner in September 1946.

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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Off-Loading

Friday, July 18th, 2014

A Bristol Type 170 Freighter aircraft off-loading a car at Wold-Chamberlain Field in 1946.

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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