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Winner!

Monday, September 7th, 2015

A photograph of the winning race car driver of the AAA Golden Jubilee Cup in the winners circle at the 1952 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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Anti-Saloon Kiosk

Friday, September 4th, 2015

A photograph of an “Anti-Saloon League” kiosk at the 1940 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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State Fair Pennant

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

A triangular red felt pennant used to promote the Minnesota State Fair. The pennant features a screen printed color illustration of the octagon-shaped Agriculture-Horticulture Building, located at 1263 Cooper Street in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, on the state fairgrounds.

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

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Mauer Fan

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

A paperboard fan with a full-sized color photograph showing the head of Minnesota Twin’s player Joe Mauer. Back of fan features an advertisement for Qwest high-speed internet. Fan was distributed at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair.

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3 Little Pigs

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

A photograph of a butchers display showing the Three Little Pigs carved out of lard at the 1934 Minnesota State Fair.

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Harvest Season

Monday, August 31st, 2015

A watercolor on paper painting of an autumn harvest scene made by John Lucius in 1953. This painting won an Honorable Mention ribbon at the 1957 State Fair.

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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.

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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.

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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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