Collections

Collections Up Close

Minneapolis Bars Then and Now

Monday, February 13th, 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 Worwa’s Bar at 2300 University Ave NE in 1963. This location is still a bar/restaurant, Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit.

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

Bookmark and Share

Tiddle-Tac-Toe Game

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

A “Tiddle Tac Toe” game. Cardboard box (A,B) with the playing board (C), two small pieces of green felt (D,E), and 21 small colored plastic disks (F-Z). Circa 1950-70. The game is a combination of tiddlywinks and tic-tac-toe.

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

Bookmark and Share

MN Postcard

Monday, January 30th, 2017

A postcard from the 1960s showing a map of Minnesota and a fishing scene.

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

Bookmark and Share

Radiophone

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

A radiophone in high impact plastic casing with telephone receiver fitted into handle on top. Manufactured by Motorola, Inc., Chicago, Illinois and used by The Soo Line railroad in the 1960s.

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

Bookmark and Share

3M Lint Removers

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

A package of six Scotch brand lint remover pads, made by the 3M Company in the 1960s.

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

Bookmark and Share

Space Race

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

A “Satellite Space Race” card game in original box made by Ed-U-Cards Manufacturing Corporation of Long Island City, New York. circa 1957-1965.

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

Bookmark and Share

Squares Game

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

“Squares” board game manufactured by W.H. Schaper Manufacturing Company, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1950-1963.

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

Bookmark and Share

Northern Pacific Platter

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

A ceramic platter featuring the Northern Pacific Railway’s Monad pattern, circa 1960s.

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

Bookmark and Share

Election Chalkboard

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

A chalkboard used in Minnesota to monitor election returns during the 1968 presidential election. There are rows on the left for each state and the District of Columbia and columns for “Dick” (Richard Nixon), “HHH” (Hubert Humphrey), and “GW” (George Wallace). Happy Election Day!

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

Bookmark and Share

Super America

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

A photograph of a Super America gas station near the Minneapolis airport in the late 1960s.

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

Bookmark and Share


An Ounce of Preservation: A Guide to the Care of Papers and Photographs