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Electric Fetus Mug

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

A frosted plastic mug celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Minneapolis record store, The Electric Fetus, in 1988. It features a Soul Asylum illustration on one side. Owned by Karl Mueller, the bassist for Soul Asylum.

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

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Ken Davis’ Cigar Cutter

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

A desktop cigar cutter sold by Nat Sherman and used by Ken Davis, CEO/Founder of Ken Davis Products, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN in the 1980s. Do you remember his barbeque sauces?

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Survivors

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

A woodcut print on paper titled “Survivors”, made by Minnesota artist Charles Beck, probably in the 1980s.

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

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Schell’s Can

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

A can of Schell’s Deer Brew Beer, featuring an image of a stag on the label, manufactured by the August Schell Brewing Company of New Ulm, Minnesota, circa 1980.

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

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Post-It

Monday, December 26th, 2016

A portrait of 3M employee Arthur Fry inspecting his invention, the Post-it note.

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

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Hmong Wall Hanging

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

A piece of Hmong pa ndau (paj ntaub) textile art. Designs include cucumber seeds and steps with additional decorations of white and purple diamonds appliqués and orange and white embroidery. Made or provided by Doua Lee. Sold at Hmong Handwork, Saint Paul, Minnesota in the late 1980s.

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

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Sprout Phone

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

A plastic promotional Green Giant telephone. A Little Green Sprout figure holds a telephone receiver with touchpad in his right hand. The telephone was a part of a collection of Sprout figurines used and collected by the donor’s grandmother, Matilda Cox. 1984.

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

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Vikings Poster

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

A Minnesota Vikings advertising poster, sponsored by SuperAmerica, 1982.

For more things football, come to St. Paul and see our new exhibit, Gridiron Glory opening tomorrow, September 24!

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

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Betty Crocker

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

A color postcard showing how the Betty Crocker character has changed from 1936 to 1981.

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

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Duffy’s Tape Measure

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

A small promotional tape measure from Duffy’s concert venue in Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1980s.

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

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