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Flood

Friday, March 31st, 2017

A photograph of flooding of the Minnesota River as seen from the old iron truss bridge outside Belle Plaine, Minnesota on April 11, 1951.

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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Did they win?

Friday, March 24th, 2017

A photograph of Bemidji High School basketball fans going crazy during the 1955 State Basketball Tournament.

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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Navajo Blanket

Monday, March 20th, 2017

A Navajo “Sunday” saddle blanket collected by Albert Gillette and donated to the Faribault House in Mendota, Minnesota, circa 1956.

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

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Cornelius Slide Rule

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

A plastic slide rule “Pre-Mix Computer” produced and marketed by the Cornelius Company of Minnesota after 1956. The ruler allows the user to set a particular volume of carbon dioxide gas on one side of the ruler, and then relate gauge pressure (measured in pounds per square inch) with beverage temperature (in degrees F). The gauge was part of the company’s pre-mix beverage distribution system, that distributed beverages in large tanks ready to dispense.

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

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Red Wing

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

An 18 inch Fleck Nile Blue Bowl #M1483 designed by Charles Murphy in 1955. Manufactured by Red Wing Potteries, Inc.

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Schmidt’s Bottle Opener

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

A metal bottle opener produced by the Jacob Schmidt Brewing Company of Saint Paul, Minnesota, probably in the 1950s.

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

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March of the Busses

Friday, January 27th, 2017

A photograph of Twin City Lines rolling out a fleet of new GM buses in Minneapolis on July 7, 1953.

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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A Man and His Donkey

Friday, January 20th, 2017

A photograph of a man and his donkey on the picket line at the KSTP studios on May 19, 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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Minneapolis Bars Then and Now

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Gratuitously stealing the title from one of my favorite Minnesota history books, Twin Cities Then and Now by Larry Millet , Item of the Day presents an occasional series, Minneapolis Bars Then and (sometimes) Now.

This photograph shows John’s Bar at 2500 Marshall Street in 1953. Today, this location is still a bar, Tony Jaros’ River Garden.

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Salt ‘n’ Sand

Friday, January 13th, 2017

A photograph of a City of Minneapolis workman spreading salt and sand on the Hennepin Ave bridge on November 15, 1956.

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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