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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.

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Seven Seas

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

A clear, ribbed glass, pint-sized Seven Seas dandruff shampoo bottle. The bottle has a paper label on the front describing the product, its properties, uses and ingredients. Seven Seas shampoo was produced by Rayette, Incorporated, a cosmetic supply and equipment company based in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the 1950s.

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

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Olympics Patch

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

A United States Olympic Hockey Team patch. Used by Wendell Anderson during his time on the 1956 United States Olympic Hockey Team.

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

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Snow Problem

Friday, November 18th, 2016

A photograph of a truck driver with a slight problem in the snow outside the Cathedral of St. Paul on November 8, 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.

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

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October Farm

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

A watercolor on paper painting titled “October Farm” by Minnesota artist Adolf Dehn. Made in 1954.

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

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Lumber Scale

Monday, November 14th, 2016

An “Andersen Corporation” pocket lumber scale showing a graduated measuring scale for determining the number of board feet in rough-sawed lumber. From the 1950s.

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

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Pheasant Hunt

Friday, November 4th, 2016

A photograph of a successful pheasant hunt in the fall of 1950.

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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Nursery Rhyme Drinking Straws

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

A package of 100 Mother Goose Drinking Straws. Circa 1945-1955.

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

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Paper Airplanes

Friday, October 28th, 2016

A photograph of a man throwing paper airplanes off the Foshay tower observation deck as a promotional stunt for the movie “Men of the Fighting Lady” on June 6, 1954.

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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