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Santa at the U

Friday, December 5th, 2014

A helicopter delivers Santa to Coffman Union at the University of Minnesota on December 5, 1952.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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

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Bing Crosby Tape

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Bing Crosby Tape

Audio tape cartridge of Bing Crosby’s music album “I Wish You a Merry Christmas,” manufactured by 3M Company, Revere-Wollensak Division, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1962.

For details, view this tape in our collections database.

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Newspaper carriers’ greetings

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Take a look at these short pieces about the newspaper carriers’ holiday greetings in the MHS Library Collection! They are beautiful mementos of earlier holidays. Enjoy!

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Victorian pop-up Christmas card

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Victorian pop-up Christmas card

Three-dimensional Christmas card depicting a rigged sailing ship (the name on its hull reads, “FORTUNA”).  Two flaps (one resembling a dock) fold outward to form a base for the fully-extended ship and its three-dimensional deck and hull.  The words, “A Merry Christmas!” are printed on the dock flap.   Printed circa 1880.

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

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Season’s Greetings!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

View a selection of holiday greeting cards from the Minnesota Historical Society’s extensive collection. These are dated between 1878 – 1967. Enjoy!

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Is he here yet?

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Is he here yet?

Children anticipate the arrival of Santa at St. Paul’s Children Home, circa 1925.

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

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Minneapolis “Christmas City” button

Friday, December 24th, 2010

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Minneapolis “Christmas City” button. Round pinback button is white with green border. Illustration of Christmas tree at center. Green text reads “MINNEAPOLIS BRIGHTEST / Christmas City.”  Circa 1930-50.

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Toy cart with Santa blocks

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Toy cart with Santa blocks

Toy horse-drawn cart carrying a set of twelve blocks, each piece made of flat wood stock to which is glued printed paper. The blocks form a picture of ‘Santa Claus’ on one side, while the other may be arranged to show the letters A to X in sequence (block “YZ” excluded), each block showing a pair of letters below a picture of a child or an animal engaged in child’s activity. Manufacturer unknown, circa 1895.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

A Charlie Brown Christmas

By Lee Mendelson, published in 2000 by Morrow; donated by Alan Woolworth.

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Poppin’ Fresh Party Lights

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Poppin' Fresh party lights

Poppin’ Fresh Party Lights, Pillsbury Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Made in China, circa 1999.

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