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Zubaz

Monday, June 27th, 2016

A pair of purple zebra-print pants featuring the Minnesota Vikings football team logo, made by Zubaz of Minnesota, 1990.

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

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Hero Money

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

A package of play money with 24 bills of various denominations by Black Berry Graphics, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1992. Cellophane and paper package is printed with “REAL SENSE / PLAY MONEY FOR CHILDREN”. Inside are bills printed with portraits of African-American heroes, four bills each of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Phyllis Wheatley, Elijah McCoy, Nat Love and W. E. B. Du Bois.

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

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BWCA Canoe

Monday, May 30th, 2016

A 17 foot fiberglass canoe made by Dagger which is covered with thousands of signatures of Minnesota citizens in black marker. It was signed in July 1996 and transported to Washington, DC to protest proposed legislation to increase use of motor vehicles on portages in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park.

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

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Prince for Governor

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

A white bumper sticker distributed by the radio station 99.5 WLOL, advertising “Prince 4 Governor”, circa 1990.

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

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Witch Tree Pin

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

A pin from “Friends of the Witch Tree.” The Witch Tree is sacred to the Ojibwe people of the Grand Portage, Minnesota, area. Pin dated to 1990.

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

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Soul Asylum Stamp

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

A check endorsement stamp used by the Minneapolis band Soul Asylum in the 1980s and 90s. Owned by Karl Mueller.

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

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Hot Wheels Toy

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

A custom finished “Pillsbury” Hot Wheels Dairy Delivery toy truck made in 1999.

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

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Crunch Megaphone

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

A Minnesota Timberwolves professional basketball team promotional megaphone that once contained miniature Nestle Crunch bars. 1991.

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

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Prairie Coteau

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

A color photograph of prairie plants, one of six, made by Minnesota photographer Linda Gammell in 1998.

For more information on this item, view this photograph in our collections database.

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Music Award

Monday, October 19th, 2015

A Minnesota Black Music Award trophy presented to Prince (at that time, The Artist Formerly Known as Prince), in 1997. It made from a sheet of clear acrylic with text and design etched on back, set in wooden base.

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

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