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Moon Rock

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

A walnut plaque with a small silk State of Minnesota flag and a chunk of moon rock embedded in Lucite. The flag was carried to the moon by the spacecraft America during the December 17-19, 1972 Apollo XVII mission, and the rock, technically known as “Sample 70017″ is from the Taurus Littrow valley of the moon. This is a “Goodwill Moon Rock,” one of which was presented to each state and 135 countries by President Nixon in 1973.

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People’s Pantry Sign

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

A People’s Pantry price sign. Consists of wood sign painted white with red and blue hand-painted text. Reads “PEOPLES / PANTRY / PRICES / PER / POUND” at top. Granola was $0.40 a pound and black eyed peas were $0.16 a pound. The People’s Pantry was opened in 1970 on the West Bank and would later become North Country Co-op which closed in 2006.

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Marvel Foods Lighter

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

A Wind Master cigarette lighter (.D) manufactured for Marvel Foods, Inc. Brushed metal lighter with hinged lid is engraved with Chinese characters and “MARVEL FOODS INC./MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.” in red ink. Lighter and instruction booklet (.E) is housed in two-piece cardboard packaging (.A-C) labeled “The/WIND MASTER/lighter”.

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Tonka Truck and Bike

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

A toy ‘hot’ pickup truck of bright blue steel with ‘Tonka’ decal on doors & bed walls, built-in roll bar & CB antenna, orange & black plastic motorcycle anchored in bed, 4 black tires with ‘XR 101′ in raised letters on sidewalls, also includes tire jack, model number 2953, by Tonka Toys, Mound, MN, 1978.

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Vikings Helmet

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Football helmet used by Minnesota Vikings safety Paul Krause during the mid- to late 1970s. Krause played for the Vikings from 1968 to 1979 and is the NFL all-time interception leader with 81. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Newspaper Bag

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

A rectangular yellow cotton canvas bag with padded shoulder strap and “THE/MINNEAPOLIS/STAR” printed on one side in black and orange. Used by a Minnesota newspaper delivery boy in the 1970s.

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AIM Patch

Monday, July 6th, 2015

An AIM/Remember Wounded Knee patch with black and red embroidery. Circa 1973. The Wounded Knee Incident began in February of 1973 when AIM activists occupied Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in protest against chairman Richard Wilson.

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Milk Carton Kayak

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

A kayak constructed of waxed paper milk cartons over wooden frame with masonite supports. Brands of milk cartons used include Land-O-Lakes, Target, Polka-Dot Dairy, Inc., Dairy Fresh Brand, Purity-Ohleen, Franklin and Farmdale. Large advertisement stickers adhered to top of kayak are for sponsors including radio stations KDWB 63, and WDGY and Dairy Queen. The paddle wheel attachment is constructed of masonite with wood beam supports. Paddle hand crank made of white PVC pipe connected to wood supports with a small metal bracket connected to wood. Used in the 1971 Minneapolis Aquatennial.

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Tonka Van

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

A white steel & blue plastic toy van with removable sunroof & ‘Mr. Goodwrench/KEEP THAT GREAT GM [General Motors]…’ decal on side, also included are Mr. Goodwrench figure, jack, spare tire, tool chest, creeper, gas tank, barrel cart with hoses, & garage sign, in original package. Made by Tonka Toys, Mound, Minnesota, 1982.

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Salt and Pepper

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

A porcelain salt and pepper set in the form of Paul Bunyan and Babe, The Blue Ox. Circa 1970s.

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