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Prince Lyrics

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Recently acquired handwritten lyrics to “I Hope We Can Work It Out” written by Prince in 1977. Later that year, Prince signed a record deal with Warner Bros. and he played this song at a private luncheon.

While the relationship worked for a time, this is the company Prince eventually had many legal disputes with and led him to change his name briefly into an unpronounceable glyph. He was referred to as “the artist formerly known as Prince.” Thankfully, that ended in 2000, when his contract with Warner Brothers expired, and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

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Nylint Truck

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

A Ford pickup truck toy with a metal body, rubber wheels and a moveable tailgate. Manufactured by the Nylint Corporation in the 1970s.

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Twins Socks

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

A pair of Minnesota Twins uniform stirrups. Navy blue machine knit with appliquéd Twins logo of a white “T” over a red “C”. Circa the late 1970s or early 1980s.

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Kicks Shorts

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016


A pair of orange shorts worn by a member of the Minnesota Kicks soccer team, printed with the number ‘12′. These could have been worn by Ricardo Alonso, Charlie George or Peter Short. 1976-1981.

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

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Tonka Jet

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

A bright red/white/black/silver steel private jet toy with ‘Tonka’ on wings & fuselage, ‘Learjet’ & logo on black plastic tail section, in original package with ‘Tonka GATES LEARJET/…’, model number 924, by Tonka Toys, Mound, MN, 1979.

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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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