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Pony Ride

Friday, August 28th, 2015

A photograph of a young girl not enjoying her first pony ride at the 1953 Minnesota State Fair.

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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State Fair Ticket

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The 2015 Minnesota State Fair opens today and in honor of that we present a week and a half of Fair related Item of the Day posts.

This is a 1908 Minnesota State Fair complimentary admission ticket booklet from the records of the Faribault State Hospital. The front cover reads “COMPLIMENTARY NOT TRANSFERABLE 1908 / MINNESOTA STATE FAIR / 49TH Annual Exhibition / FOR [blank] and LADY / AUGUST 31ST TO SEPT. 5TH 1908 / NO. 1258” the blank is filled in “A. C. Rogers”. While the book originally contained six perforated paper tickets, only numbers 3, 4 and 5 remain attached in the booklet.

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

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Gypsy Rose Lee at the Fair

Friday, August 29th, 2014

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

A crowd gathers to catch a glimpse of the world famous Gypsy Rose Lee at the 1949 Minnesota State Fair.

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.

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Harvest Season

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

An autumn landscape watercolor painting made by John Lucius and was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 1957 Minnesota State Fair.

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

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Driver

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

A view of racecar driver Emory Collins in his car before a race at the 1925 Minnesota State Fair.

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Midway

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

This photo shows four girls trying on the World’s Fattest Man’s pants on the midway of the 1950 Minnesota State Fair.

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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Fair Souvenir

Monday, August 25th, 2014

As everyone should know, it is Minnesota State Fair time and all this week we will feature the Fair on the Item of the Day Blog.

This is a glass Minnesota State Fair souvenir paperweight filled with shells, one of which reads “Souvenir of the Fair.” circa 1900-1940.

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

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State Fair Quilt

Monday, April 7th, 2014

State Fair Quilt

A “Flower Pot” cotton quilt, hand pieced and quilted by David Shattuck. This quilt won the Minnesota State Fair Sweepstakes in 1984.

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

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1938 State Fair Motorcycle

Friday, August 30th, 2013

State Fair Motorcycle

A woman riding a motorcycle on rollers at the 1938 Minnesota State Fair.

Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on September 6, 1938.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database (via junior source).

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State Fair Police Badge

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

State Fair Police Badge

Metal shield-shaped police badge. Has a depiction of an eagle with spread wings at the top and a circle at the center depicting trees and a man with a plow. “MINNESOTA/STATE FAIR/POLICE” is written in black lettering, with a black six-pointed star on either side (via junior source). Reverse has a large vertical pin. Manufacturer unknown. Owned by Jerome P. Dolan of the St. Paul Police; not used earlier than 1959 or later than 1993.

For details, view this badge in our collections database.

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