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Feed Sack Apron

Monday, March 28th, 2016

A patchwork half apron made from dress print feed sacks. Circa 1940-50.

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

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Norwegian Button

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Traditional Norwegian style shirt button in metal with one side etched with a “P” and the other in a worn floral design. Made in the late 1800s and worn as part of a traditional dance costume in the 1970s.

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

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Wool Cap

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

A man’s grey wool newsboy style cap with ear warmer flaps that fold up into the cap. Made by Standard Clothing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, ca. 1930.

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

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What is that? A pleating iron!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

A pleating iron made in Geneva, Illinois in the 1860s. Pleating or fluting irons were used during the nineteenth century to press permanent, decorative pleats into cloth.

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

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Minnesota Model A sewing machine

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Minnesota Model A sewing machine

A close-up photograph of a Minnesota Model A treadle sewing machine marketed by Sears Roebuck. Model A machines were manufactured between 1900-1930 by a variety of manufacturers including Davis, Domestic and White. This sewing machine is mounted on a solid oak, automatic drop desk cabinet. The machine has an enameled black head with gilt scroll ornaments including “Minnesota A”.

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

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Woman’s bicycle boots

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Woman's bicycle boots

Ladies high lace-up bicycle boots. The boots are made of leather and black fabric with metal hooks and buckles. The leather sole of each boot is stamped with the manufacturer’s logo:  “HEFFELFINGER” over three intersecting bicycle wheels. Made by the North Star Shoe Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the 1890s and worn by Miss Vivian Grace Gibson of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Miss Gibson became an attorney in 1929, practiced law (by griffiths at dress head), ran for City Council and became a land patent attorney for the State of Minnesota in 1943.

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Bicycle knickers

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Bicycle knickers

Bicycle knickers designed and worn by Peter A. Schaub of the Saint Paul tailoring firm Schaub Brothers, Inc., circa 1884. The knickers are made of fine English check worsted with doeskin cloth cuffs. The Schaub Brothers firm opened in 1887 and closed in 1970.

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Cap used by Will Steger on 1986 North Pole expedition

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Cap used by Will Steger on 1986 North Pole expedition

Red cotton hat with white polka dots. Worn by Will Steger on his 1986 Steger International Polar Expedition, where Steger, along with Minnesotans Ann Bancroft and Paul Schurke, trekked by dogsled to the North Pole. This month marks the 25th anniversary of this historic expedition.

Steger and members of the original team will speak at the History Center on Tuesday, May 17, 7 p.m.

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Don’t Say Underwear, Say Munsingwear

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

For nearly 100 years after its founding in 1886, the Munsingwear Company was known for its innovations in both style and manufacturing techniques and materials. The largest producer of branded underwear in the U.S., it was also the largest employer of women in Minnesota. Curator Linda McShannock explores the company’s numerous “firsts” over the course of its 100 year history, embodied by the slogan “Don’t say underwear – say Munsingwear”

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‘Daisy Duke’ outfit from hip-hop shop

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

'Daisy Duke' outfit from hip-hop shop'Daisy Duke' outfit from hip-hop shop

Fashion trends have a tendency to come and go. A prime example is this “Daisy Duke” ensemble, retailed at the M.R. Hip Hop Shop in Minneapolis in 1994. Patterned after the cut-off denim shorts made famous by actress Catherine Bach on the early 1980s television hit The Dukes of Hazzard, the look made a brief resurgence in the mid-1990s, primarily due to the massive success of the hit single “Dazzey Duks” by hip hop artist Duice in 1993.

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