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Slinky Junior

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Slinky Junior

Slinky Junior helical spring toy made by James Industries between 1965 and 1968 and used by Tracey Allyn Harpole, Kimberley Michelle Harpole, and Leslie Robin Harpole in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The Slinky Junior is a smaller version of the original Slinky toy.

For details, view the Slinky Junior in our online collections database.

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Fisher-Price pull toy

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Fisher-Price pull toy

Pull toy (Tiny Teddy) consisting of a wooden bear sitting atop a xylophone set on wheels. The bear holds two coiled metal mallets which strike the xylophone’s keys when the set is pulled forward by means of a cord attached to its front. Manufactured by the Fisher-Price Toy Company in 1967 and used by Leslie Robin Harpole, Tracey Allyn Harpole, and Kimberly Michelle Harpole in St. Paul, Minnesota.

For details, view the pull toy in our online collections database.

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Etch-a-Sketch

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Etch-a-Sketch

Etch-a-Sketch drawing toy. Its plastic frame encloses a glass screen, the interior side of which is coated with silver-colored metallic powder in which lines may be traced with a stylus controlled by two white plastic knobs. Manufactured by the Ohio Art Company in Bryan, Ohio circa 1960.

For details, view the Etch-a-Sketch in our online collections database.

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Junior Miss sewing kit

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Junior Miss sewing kit

Hasbro Junior Miss sewing kit used at the Dowling Urban Environmental School in Minneapolis, Minnesota during the 1950s. The kit consists of a sewing box; a sewing machine; a doll; a doll dress pattern; a pre-cut doll dress; three pre-cut doll shirts; metal scissors; spools of thread; a needle in a needle book; two pieces of extra cloth; a thimble; a laminated flash card; dress pattern directions; an “important hints” leaflet; and a sewing machine set-up instruction sheet.

For details and additional pictures, view the sewing kit in our online collections database.

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Mattel bubble hat

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Mattel bubble hat

Bubble-blowing hat toy consisting of an aluminum cap with a chin strap, a bubble liquid storage chamber and a breathing tube. Air exhaled into the breathing tube travels upwards into the chamber and causes bubbles to emerge. Manufactured by Mattel, Inc. and the Bubble-O-Bill Corporation in Los Angeles, California circa 1955.

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

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Polka Doodles

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Polkda doodles

Polka Doodles peg board toy sealed in its original packaging. Designed by Lisbeth Whiting and manufactured in the United States by the Lisbeth Whiting Company circa 1965.

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

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Child’s dress

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Child's dress

Child’s size 2 printed cotton dress with a star and dot print made and worn during the 1860s. The dress has a plain bodice with a square, wide neckline, ruffled cap sleeves and a back button closure. The full skirt is gathered at the waist and the bodice is lined in white cotton. This was the first short dress worn by Genevieve Ives Schwarg of Dodge Center, Minnesota, a teacher and librarian active in the women’s suffrage movement.

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

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Morton Indian School class picture

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Morton Indian School class picture

Students attending the government-run school for American Indian children in Morton, Minnesota pose for a class picture. Photographed by N.B. Andersen circa 1905.

A large-scale reproduction of this photograph has been incorporated into Then Now Wow, an interactive exhibit designed especially for kids and families now on view at the History Center in St. Paul.

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

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Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Jimmy Clark and Jeanne Hansel pose for a photograph with a carved pumpkin, which wears a cloth hat and a mischievous grin.  Captured by a St. Paul newspaper photographer in 1942.

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

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Carte-de-visite

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Carte-de-visite

Carte-de-visite photograph of John Lincoln Clem (1851-1937), also called Johnny or Johnny Shiloh.  Clem served as a drummer boy for the Union Army during the Civil War and went on to achieve the rank of brigadier general in the Quartermaster Corps.

For details, view the carte-de-visite in our online collections database.

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