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Rug

Monday, May 9th, 2016

A wool felt “Ranch Style” woven rug made by Colonial Felt Mills in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The rug is woven from strips of 1/2 inch-wide felt. The main body is dark brown with a pattern of tan, light brown, red, and yellow stripes. The rug has never been used and still has its original paper tag attached. It was owned by Harriet Spencer, who may have acquired it for use on her ranch near Cody, Wyoming.

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State Parks Matchbook

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

A Minnesota State Parks promotional matchbook made by the Universal Match Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1961.

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Fire Department Jacket

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

A jacket used by an Inver Grove Heights Fire Department volunteer in the late 1960s.

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Democrat Pennant

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

A Hubert H. Humphrey and Edmund Muskie 1968 presidential campaign felt banner with cream colored text that reads “Vote DEMOCRAT”.

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Thermos

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Stainless steel thermos set used by the ffolliott family circa 1960. The set consists of a thermos, plastic stopper, cup cap, and thermos box. Manufactured by Aladdin Industries, Inc., a company based in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Apollo 11 Moon Rocks

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Apollo 11 lunar sample display comprised of a wooden podium, acrylic plastic button containing five lunar soil samples and a silk or nylon Minnesota state flag which was transported to the Moon and back by the Apollo 11 crew in 1969.

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Winter Carnival Hat

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

A Saint Paul Winter Carnival Prime Minister uniform hat used in 1966. The Prime Minister of the Winter Carnival served as coordinator and planner for the festivities. This cylindrical hat is made of navy blue Borgana faux fur and is lined with polyester and a leather headband. An embroidered pin decorated with thread, wire and beads adorns the front of the hat.

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Denim Coat

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

A denim “blanket-lined” chore coat worn in the 1960s by Selmer Sauglow, a Norwegian farmer from Vining, Minnesota, and patched by his sister Anna Sauglow, a schoolteacher.

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Senatorial Whip

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

A black leather whip with a wood handle inlaid with a multicolor mosaic of wood and ivory. This whip probably commemorates Hubert H. Humphrey’s position as Senate Majority “Whip” from 1960 to 1964.

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Toy Hardware Store

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

A “My Merry Hardware Store” that includes Scott’s grass seed, watering can, shovel, Soilax household cleaner, scrub brush, Windex, sponge, broom, paint roller, ruler and Scotch sandpaper. Copyright 1959 Merry Manufacturing Co., Cincinnati, Ohio.

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