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Coffee Pot

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

A Sunbeam Coffeemaster Model 30A vacuum drip coffee pot from the 1950s with electric heating element. It consists of two bulbous chrome aluminum pots that may be joined together, the upper for grounds and hot water, the lower to receive the coffee.

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

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Bookmobile

Friday, June 17th, 2016

A photograph of a group of kids visiting the Minneapolis Public Library bookmobile in 1952.

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.

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

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Space-O

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

A “Space-O” card game for kids made by Arrco Playing Card Company, circa 1950s-60s. It is played by passing cards to the left until one player has a complete set.

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

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Around the world on a BMW

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

August Jentsch and Wolfram Hanning from Austria stop in Minneapolis on July 8, 1955. They’ve been riding around the world for 2 1/2 years, covering over 80,000 miles. Apparently they were the first people to cross Tierra del Fuego on a motor vehicle. They’re riding a BMW R75 military motorcycle.

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.

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

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Football Game

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

An All-Star Vibrating Electric Football game board with goal posts, a magnetic ball, a spring kicker, 22 player figures, an instruction sheet, and original box. Manufactured by Gotham Pressed Steel Corporation, New York, circa 1950-1960.

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

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Willie Mays

Friday, May 20th, 2016

A photograph of Minneapolis Miller player Willie Mays sliding into third base during a May 7, 1951 game against Louisville.

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.

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

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25th Division Insignia

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

A United States Army 25th Division shoulder patch insignia, circa 1950. The device consists of a red taro leaf bordered in gold, against which is set a gold lightning bolt. The division is based in Hawaii.

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

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Frank Lloyd Wright Visit

Friday, May 13th, 2016

A photograph of Frank Lloyd Wright visiting the Southdale Mall on November 27, 1956. According to the Minneapolis Star, he hated the mall … and the weather.

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.

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

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Boxcar Sign

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

A sign with skull and crossbones reversed out in white on black and the words “DANGER / KEEP OUT / GAS FUMES”. They were intended for posting on boxcar exteriors. Latest date 1960.

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Baseball Jersey

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

A short-sleeved wool flannel baseball uniform jersey with a button-closure front opening. The shirt reads “WACONIA” across the breast and has the number “9″ applied on the back.

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