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Wool cuirass bodice

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Wool curiass bodice

White wool cuirass bodice with silk floral embroidery. Owned by Mrs. C. J. Winton, Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1879-82.

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Floral brocade boots

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Floral brocade boots

Floral brocade eyelet lace boot with a french heel rimmed with silver trim. Size 4 1/2 or 5. Circa 1900.

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Lingerie Day Dress

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Lingerie Day Dress

White cotton lawn dress with sweetheart neckline, slight blouson at center front, and elbow-length set-in sleeves.  The bodice and skirt are elaborately trimmed with Irish crochet and floral satin stitch embroidery. Circa 1910.

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Black satin shoes

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Black satin shoes

A pair of heels perfect for holiday parties. From the Society’s footwear collection, these black satin pumps are embellished with glimmering silver leather. Worn at the debut of the donor’s mother, Hazel Thompson Power, in St. Paul in 1911. The fan and evening coat worn with these shoes at the debut ball are also in the collection. Size 2 1/2 or 3. Circa 1911.

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Winter Carnival uniform

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Winter Carnival uniform

When Carnival returned in 1917, people from Schuneman’s and Evan’s Department Store celebrated in style! This was the group’s marching uniform. Imagine a whole bunch of people wearing this coming toward you…

Yellow heavy wool coat and knickers style pants with blue and white polka dots and black stripes. The coat front fastens with four buttons and a self-belt with two buttons. The letters “S&E”  (Schuneman’s and Evan’s Department Store) are on the left sleeve. Coat label reads, “Genuine Summit Mackinaw coat.”  The pants fasten with six buttons inside waistband. Circa 1917.

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Boreas Rex Costume Crown

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Boreas Rex Costume Crown

Royal purple velveteen crown with adjustable gilt metal band adorned with a large oval brass filigree medallion with an inset rose colored glass jewel. Worn as part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, 1955.

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Harold Stassen’s hunting jacket

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Harold Stassen's hunting jacket

Hunting jacket worn by Governor Harold Stassen (1939 – 1943) when he won the 1925-1926 National Collegiate Rifle Association championship.

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Top hat owned by Floyd B. Olson

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Top hat owned by Floyd B. Olson

This black silk top hat that belonged to Governor Floyd B. Olson (1931-36) was made by Dobbs 5th Ave. New York and sold by Malmstedt in Minneapolis. The governor’s initials are inside the hat’s crown. Circa 1930.

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Hide frock coat owned by Alexander Ramsey

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Hide frock coat owned by Alexander Ramsey (front)Hide frock coat owned by Alexander Ramsey (back)

This leather coat was owned by Alexander Ramsey who served as Minnesota’s second governor from 1860 to 1863. Modeled on a European cloth frock coat, garments like these were popular among the Metis of the Red River Valley in the first half of the nineteenth century. The coat is elaborately decorated with quillwork embroidery and glass beads. Ramsey may have acquired the coat when he attended the 1851 Traverse des Sioux treaty signing.

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Sequined black satin and lace evening gown

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Sequined black satin and lace evening gown

Black satin and lace gown with sequin and bead trim. Made by dressmaker Mary Molloy, Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1904-1908.

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