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3M tapes

Monday, March 13th, 2017

A small two-sided card providing the specifications and properties of a variety of tapes manufactured by 3M. Probably made in the 1970s.

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Post-It

Monday, December 26th, 2016

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

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3M Lint Removers

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

A package of six Scotch brand lint remover pads, made by the 3M Company in the 1960s.

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3M Souvenir

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

A Lucite-encased sample of the first commercial Scotch brand magnetic tape produced by 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1947.

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3M Sound Slide

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

A 3M sound slide with image slide and sound disc intact. This one has an image of a group of men, possibly 3M staff, clustered around a piece of machinery. A special slide projector would show the slide and play the audio recorded on the dark gray disk simultaneously. They were made by the 3M visual products division Saint Paul, Minnesota in the 1960s.

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“Acquire” Board Game

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Board game “ACQUIRE” labeled “HIGH ADVENTURE IN THE / WORLD OF HIGH FINANCE”. The game was made by 3M Company as part of the bookshelf game series the company published from 1962 to 1974. The object of this strategy game is to acquire the greatest wealth. The game is enclosed in a slipcase designed to look like a bound book and stands upright on a shelf for storage. Components include a game board and corresponding hotel tiles, lettered plastic chain markers, stock certificates, information cards, and paper money. This edition is copyrighted 1968.

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3-M Hourglass

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Hourglass, box, information card and information sheet commemorating the centennial of 3M in 2002. The card reads in part, “This unique, commemorative hourglass contains finely ground rock mined from 3M’s original Crystal Bay site. 3M was founded to mine this mineral which was believed to be corundum – but is actually a rock known as anorthosite.”

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Bow Tying Machine

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

An S-10 Magic Bow Tyer machine composed of green metal casing with crank-operated spindles, rotating ribbon reel and feed mechanism for tying gift bows. Original packing box and two sets of instructions included. Manufactured by the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (3M) in the 1950’s.

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Sandpaper

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Cardboard box from 3M Company labeled “IMPERIAL / SANDPAPER / 8 3/4 x 10 1/2 / MINNESOTA MINING & MFG. CO. – ST.PAUL, MINN. / REG. U.S. PAT OFF. / 3MCo [LOGO] / B-A / SINCE 1828 / MADE IN U.S.A. BY / MINNESOTA MINING & MFG. CO. / SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA / REG. U.S. PAT OFF.” Early twentieth century.

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Scotch Tape

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Scotch Tape

On this date, May 27, 1930, a patent is issued to the 3M company for transparent cellophane tape, later trademarked as “Scotch Tape”. The original Scotch Tape patented in 1925 was made for masking off areas while painting cars. This special roll of Scotch Tape commemorates the 2 billionth roll made in 1957.

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