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Crowd at the Flame

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

A color photograph of a crowd of people at the Flame Nightclub taken by Charles Chamblis in the late 1970s.

For more on Charles Chamblis and the Minnesota music scene, please visit our exhibition Sights, Sounds and Soul currently on display at the History Center.

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

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Ball Gown

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Inaugural Ball gown made by Mildred Conrad Freda Dress Shop, St. Paul, MN. Made of silk-like fabric with woven pattern- green, lime, purple, violet and pink. Worn by the donor at her daughter’s wedding and the inaugural dinner party at the Ramsey House in honor of Gov. W. Anderson, January 1971.

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

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Salt and Pepper

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

A pair of black and white ceramic salt and pepper shakers in the shape of the Hamm’s bear holding a sign for Hamm’s Beer in its front paws from the 1970s.

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

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MN Kicks

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

An orange Minnesota Kicks halter-top. Circa 1976-1981.

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

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Vikings Football

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

A football used in the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants at Met Stadium on October 17, 1976. The game ball was presented to Senator Hubert H. Humphrey. The ball has one panel painted white, which features the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings insignia. The ball is also stamped, “Wilson® / MADE / IN USA / I / INFLATE / 13 LBS / I / National Football League / American Football Conference / National Football Conference”.

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

To see this football in person, please visit the Then, Now, Wow exhibit currently open at the History Center.

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Munsingwear Binoculars

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Munsingwear Binoculars

Promotional Munsingwear cardboard encased plastic “Binox” binoculars. Circa 1978.

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

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Toys!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Learn about the new exhibit Toys and about which iconic toys from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s were invented right here in Minnesota. Will your favorites be among them?

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Sounds of Blackness Sign

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Sounds of Blackness Sign

One of our favorite events of the year happens TONIGHT at the Minnesota Historical Society, Retrorama!

This year, fashion designers are taking their inspiration from the current exhibit, Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis. This sign, which will be on view at the event, is an early bus advertisement for a seminal group in the Minnesota music scene, Sounds of Blackness.

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

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Charles Chamblis Photography Collection

Monday, April 21st, 2014

From family reunions to the nightclub scene, there is no one who documented the Twin Cities Black community like Charles Chamblis. Affectionately called “The Pictureman,” he had a passion for photography and a knack for being everywhere at the right time. The Minnesota Historical Society is thrilled to have a collection of over 2,000 of his images documenting life in the 1970-1980s.

Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis is a new exhibit of his work, opening at the Minnesota Historical Society on April 26, 2014.

And join us for Retrorama: a celebration of fashion of the 70-80s on May 16, 2014!

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The Philadelphia Story

Monday, April 21st, 2014

The Philadelphia Story

The new MNHS exhibit Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis opens this Saturday, April 26 so all this week we will post just a few of the over 2000 Charles Chamblis photographs we have in our collection.

This photograph shows The Philadelphia Story (also known as the Valdons) performing in the mid 1970s: (Left to right) Maurice Young, Clifton Curtis, Monroe Wright, Bill Clark.

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

For more information on the whole collection of Charles Chamblis photographs, please view the finding aid here.

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