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Guitar Pick

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

A white plastic Suicide Commandos guitar pick, made for their guitarist Chris Osgood by Ernie Ball in the 1970s.

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Perquackey Game

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

A Perquackey word game made by Lakeside Industries, a division of Leisure Dynamics, Incorporated of Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1970-1980. Used by the Thomas Thompson family of Minneapolis.

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Miss Black Minnesota Medal

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

A 1976 Miss Black Minnesota Pageant participant medal. The front features winged female figure holding a crown or wreath and a red white and blue enameled wreath design encircles the medal. The back of the medal is engraved “MISS BLACK / MINNESOTA / PAGEANT / 1976 / PARTICIPANT” and the engraving is encircled by a raised wreath design.

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People’s Press Bumper Sticker

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016



A rectangular bumper sticker produced by North Star People’s Press of Minneapolis, Minnesota, during the Co-op Wars, circa 1975. See this Wikipedia page for more information about the Co-Op wars.

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

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Lions Vest

Monday, July 11th, 2016

A Lions Club vest with a range of patches collected by member Russell M. Corcoran. Corcoran, a deaf activist in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was a leader of the Saint Paul Metrodeaf Lions Club, the first deaf club in the organization’s history. The yellow vest has purple trim and two patch pockets. A variety of pins and patches have been attached to the vest, including ones that highlight Corcoran’s leadership in the Lions Club and participation in a range of other organizations, including the NRA and the American Athletic Association of the Deaf. 1960-1980.

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4th of July Button

Monday, July 4th, 2016

A button from the Fourth of July celebration in Red Wing, Minnesota, 1973.

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Kielbasa Days Button

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

A Polska-Kielbasa Days button from Ivanhoe, Minnesota. Reads “POLSKA-KIELBASA – DAYS – / AUG. 10-11, 1973 / IVANHOE / MINNESOTA”. Image at center of charging jouster on horseback with lance in an oversized Polish sausage (Polska Kielbasa).

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Bean Feed Ticket

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

A ticket to the October 24, 1970 DFL Bean Feed in support of Hubert H. Humphrey and Wendell Anderson.

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Fishing Party Patch

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

A patch from the 1976 Governor’s Fishing Party. The Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a Minnesota tradition since 1948, and in 1976 Governor Wendell Anderson visited Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake.

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Saint Patrick’s Day Ceili Irish Dance Poster

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

A poster, probably from the 1970s or 80s, advertising a St. Patrick’s Day dance and concert at the Folk Dance Emporium.

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