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Necklace

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

“Kiwi” fiber necklace with flame worked beads suspended from the edge of the necklace. Macrame necklace of bonded nylon thread with faceted beads woven into the center. Made by Bernadette Mahfood of Winona, Minnesota in 2008.

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

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Victorian valentine

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Victorian valentine

Chromolithographed paper valentine created between 1890 and 1900.

For details, view the valentine in our online collections database.

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Hmong wooden top

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Hmong wooden top

Wooden top made in June of 1983 by Sying Yang, a Hmong immigrant to St. Paul, when he was 13 years old.

For details, view the top in our online collections database.

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Lace-making pillow

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Lace-making pillow

Bobbin lace-making pillow and wooden stand.  Used during the 1890s by an Austrian immigrant to the United States.

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Pleating iron

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Pleating iron

Pleating iron consisting of two elements:  a handled roller and a base.  Pleating or fluting irons were used during the nineteenth century to press permanent, decorative pleats into cloth.  Made in Geneva, Illinois in 1866.

For details, view the iron in our online collections database.

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Clothespin dolls

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Clothespin dolls

Set of clothespin dolls (the Pinn family) designed by Emily T. Myers of Mahtomedi, Minnesota in the 1930s.  The dolls’ heads are made of wooden balls and their bodies are wooden blocks.  Their arms and legs are round wooden clothespins.

For details, view the dolls in our online collections database.

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Bud vase

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Bud vase

Bud vase made from hammered sheet copper.  The vase has a triangular base and three arms shaped and angled to hold a glass vial.  Made as an occupational therapy project by Joseph Kontek of Saint Paul, Minnesota, while at the U.S. 29th General Hospital at Fort Snelling during World War I.

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Happy Hannukah

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Making Hannukah decorations, 1960

Mrs. Melvin Schumeister and Mrs. Herbert Garelick make Hannukah decorations at St. Paul’s Temple of Aaron on December 12, 1960.  Hannukah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, begins tonight at sundown.

For more details, view the photograph in our visual resources database.

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Table lamp

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Table lamp

Arts and Crafts-style copper table lamp. The coach-type lantern has frosted green glass and is suspended at an angle by a rod over a heavily weighted base. There are a pull chain, cord and socket inside the lantern. Made by hand circa 1920-1929.

For more details, view the lamp in our collections catalog.

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Beaded pincushion

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Dakota beaded pincushion

Beaded velvet pincushion with a glazed cotton backing.  The pincushion has scalloped edges and features two beaded birds.  The pincushion is of Iroquois Indian origin but was collected by Dakota Indians living in Minnesota’s Prairie Island Reservation circa 1900.

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