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“Stuck in a Coke machine”

Friday, March 21st, 2014

“Stuck in a Coke machine”

Workmen cutting open a Coke vending machine after a boy gets his hand stuck.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on May 20, 1948.

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“Thunderbolt”

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

“Thunderbolt”

A P-47 Thunderbolt outside a March 26, 1944 Air Expo in Minneapolis.

Photographed by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on March 26, 1944.

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Minneapolis postcard

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Minneapolis postcard

Postcard that reads “It may seem funny but — Minneapolis is a very fascinating town!!” and which has a blue felt “Minneapolis” banner attached. Circa 1920.

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Daguerreotype of St. Anthony Falls

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Daguerreotype of St. Anthony Falls

Daguerreotype of St. Anthony Falls and stores along Main Street, St. Anthony, made in the 1850s.

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Parking Lot Near Train Tracks – Minneapolis, by Michael Banning

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Parking Lot Near Train Tracks - Minneapolis, by Michael Banning

Oil on panel painting titled “Parking Lot Near Train Tracks – Minneapolis” made in 2006 by Michael Banning.

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Humphrey wins!

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Humphrey wins!

Photograph of Minneapolis mayor Hubert Humphrey reading congratulatory telegrams with his family in their home the morning after his election to the United States Senate. Taken by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on November 3, 1948.

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D-Day in Minneapolis

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

D-Day in Minneapolis

Pedestrians in downtown Minneapolis gather at a newsstand to read about the Allies’ invasion of Normandy in the Minneapolis Morning Tribune.  Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on June 6, 1944.

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Tanks on Nicollet Avenue

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Tanks on Nicollet Avenue

A line of tanks rolls down Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis as part of a parade. Captured on October 13, 1943 by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer.

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Adirondack chair kit

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Adirondack chair kit

Adirondack chair kit produced by Joel Sisson’s Green Chair Project, a community construction initiative with an emphasis on outreach to inner city youth founded in Minneapolis circa 1993.  The plywood crate contains the wood parts needed to build an Adirondack chair and the jigs/templates used to assemble the chair and to cut additional parts.   The kit’s parts comprise a crate bottom with several attached jigs and templates; a crate lid with attached jig and template; side rails/rear feet; armrests; seat slats; backrest slats; a backrest support; seat supports; front legs; and armrest support brackets.

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Nutting fire extinguisher grenade

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Nutting fire extinguisher grenade

Fire extinguisher grenade made by the  Nutting Fire Grenade company of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The spherical yellow glass flask has a neck sealed with either lead or wax and cork.  A paper label affixed to one side reads, “How to Use / In case of Fire throw or / break the  / GRENADE / So the contents will be / scattered in the / Flame.” The paper label affixed to the neck reads “DIAMOND”. The bottle contains a fluid with some particle sediment; it is probably carbon tetrachloride.  The fire grenade was hung from a nail at the top of a door frame in the upstairs apartment at the Dahlgren Brothers General Store in Onamia, Minnesota, by the wire loop around the neck of the bottle.  Manufactured circa 1908.

To view more historical firefighting objects, and to learn about the dedication of the Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial on September 30, 2012, watch our podcast Firefighting in Minnesota: A Salute to the Fallen.

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