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Morrison Collage

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Morrison Collage

On this day, April 17 in 2000 the Native American painter and sculptor George Morrison died. He was born in 1919 in Chippewa City and would garner national acclaim for his abstract and nature based work.

This sculpture or collage made in 1975 is one of many works by Morrison in the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society. It is a large work made of driftwood pieced together to form a landscape with a strong horizon line that would appear in nearly all of Morrison’s pieces made after the 1960s.

MHS will also be hosting a traveling George Morrison exhibit titled Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison from February 14 to April 26, 2015.

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

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DFL Button

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

On this day, April 14 in 1944 the Farmer-Labor political party joined with the state Democratic party to form the DFL party. This conglomeration is unique to Minnesota. This button or lapel tag is from 1970 and states “Happiness is a DFL Governor”.

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

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“Transformations”

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

A lithograph of overlapping leaves made by Eugene Larkin in 1978.

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

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St. Paddy’s Day in St. Paul

Monday, March 17th, 2014

St. Paddy's Day in St. Paul

A photograph of the 1978 St. Patrick’s Day parade.

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

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Outside the Peacock

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Outside the Peacock

A photograph made by Charles Chamblis of couple guys posting with their car outside the Peacock Alley in Minneapolis in the late 1970s.

An exhibition of Chamblis’ work will be opening this April at MHS, please see this page for more information.

For details, view this photograph in our collections database.

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Minnesota Kicks Jersey

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Minnesota Kicks Jersey

Minnesota Kicks’ soccer team jersey with player’s name, ‘NTSOELENGOE,’ and number ‘11′ on the back. Worn by Ace Ntsoelengoe, one of the Kicks’ most popular players. Circa 1976-1981.

For details, view this jersey in our collections database.

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Viking Beverages glass soda bottle

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Viking Beverages glass soda bottle

Glass 12 oz. beverage bottle printing with a viking ship and “Viking” on one side and a double blade ax and “Viking” on the other. Bottle is marked “Bottled by Viking Beverages, Inc. South St. Paul, Minn. 55107″. The company bottled this artificially sweetened beverage from 1968 until 1983.

For details, view this bottle in our collections database.

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Kunst brothers’ wagon

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Kunst brothers’ wagon

On this day, June 20th in 1970, brothers David and John Kunst set out to walk around the earth, a total of 14,450 miles! They left from their Waseca home, walked to New York City, flew to Portugal and eventually bought this peddler’s wagon to carry supplies in Turkey. John was tragically shot and killed in Afghanistan and David was injured. David’s brother Pete joined him for several legs of the trip and on October 5, 1974 David returned to Waseca becoming the first Guinness Book of World Records verified person to walk around the world. Rumor has it HBO is planning a film based upon this story, so you might be seeing this wagon again soon!

For more information, the David Kunst papers can be accessed in the MHS Library.

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Charlie the Tuna

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Charlie the Tuna

Charlie the Tuna stuffed character doll manufactured by Mattel, Incorporated in Hawthorne, California circa 1970. Charlie has been the cartoon mascot for StarKist tuna since 1961.

For details, view the doll in our online collections database.

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Wacky melon

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Wacky melon

Plastic pull toy manufactured by Cragstan Vanda in Hong Kong circa 1970.  The toy (labeled Wacky Melon on each of its four wheels) combines the shape of a watermelon with human and insect features, including a melon stem nose, eyes, mouth, and antennae.  When the string attached to its stem-nose is pulled, wing-like slices of watermelon swing in and out of cavities inside its body.

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