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Jarts

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

A “Jarts” lawn game in original box, circa 1970-1988. The sale of lawn darts was banned in the 1980s after thousands of injuries and 3 deaths (from 1970-1988).

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Mondale/Ferraro Button

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

A Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro presidential campaign button promoting the 4th Annual Democrat Bluegrass Family Picnic in 1984.

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Overtones Sleeve

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

An unused record cover for 45 rpm single “The Calhoun Surf” by The Overtones, published by Twin/Tone Records of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1980.

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Bumper Sticker

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

A bumper sticker reads “HATE IS NOT / A FAMILY VALUE” and notes that it was paid for by the Karen Clark Election Committee. It was produced during one of Karen Clark’s campaigns for the Minnesota House of Representatives. Clark, first elected in 1980, was the first openly lesbian member to serve in the Minnesota Legislature.

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Puckett Card

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

A Fleer U-93 baseball card for rookie season of Minnesota Twins outfielder Kirby Puckett. Front of card features color photographic image of Puckett kneeling and holding a baseball bat. Minnesota Twins logo depicted below the image. Back features Puckett’s vital statistics, performance statistics for 1982-1983 minor league seasons, and brief career biography.

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Sunflowers

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

A tiny (5 inches x 3 inches) watercolor painting of sunflowers, made by Mac Le Sueur in 1986.

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Batik Square

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

A Hmong pa ndau (paj ntaub) textile art. Indigo dyed cotton batik square depicting a loon bordered by steps and mountain motif. White and red cotton borders. Batik is a traditional art form but has been adapted for commercial sale. Made or provided by Yong Sa Vang, and sold at Hmong Handwork, Saint Paul, Minnesota in the 1980s.

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Nemadji Pottery Mug

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

A Nemadji pottery mug from the “Forest Impressions” line. This one shows a silver maple leaf in black. Nemadji Pottery opened in Northern Minnesota in 1923 and closed in 2002. This mug is from the 1980s or 90s.

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Headwaters Signpost

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

A monument formerly located in Itasca State Park, marking the origin of the Mississippi River at the outlet of Lake Itasca in Minnesota. The monument consists of a partial tree trunk with a flat rectangular surface cut out on one side. Carved into the flat surface, and painted brilliant orange yellow, is: “HERE 1475 FT / ABOVE / THE OCEAN / THE MIGHTY / MISSISSIPPI / BEGINS / TO FLOW / ON ITS / WINDING WAY / 2552 MILES / TO THE / GULF / OF MEXICO.” Circa 1975-1988.

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Robert St. Bridge

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

A watercolor on paper showing the Robert Street bridge and railroad tracks. Made by Minnesota artist Mike Lynch in 1984.

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