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World Series Banner

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

A large hand-made pennant banner made of black and red felt. The pennant reads “Racists” above an image of a tomahawk. The banner was made by Joe D. Horse Capture and Lisa Ranallo of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in response to the presence of the Atlanta Braves baseball team’s name and their fans’ “tomahawk chop” at the 1991 World Series, held in Minneapolis.

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Lutefisk Bib

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

A paper bib with Norwegian text that translates to “Lutefisk lovers love tonight”. Probably from the 1990s.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hot Wheels Toy

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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

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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.

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