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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.

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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.

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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. 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.

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1886 State Fair Souvenir

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

State Fair Souvenir

State fair souvenir of Saint Paul, Minnesota: the political, commercial, financial and social metropolis of the bright Northwest. Edited by J. H. Hanson. St. Paul: Graphic Co., 1886.

This souvenir booklet was distributed the year after the State Fair moved into its permanent home in St. Paul in 1885. It begins by describing the Fair itself and all its wonders, but quickly turns into a promotional piece for the City of St. Paul highlighting its place on the river, industries, and buildings. It was recently acquired by the Minnesota Historical Society.

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1978 State Fair Button

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

1978 State Fair Button

1978 Minnesota State Fair button. Round pinback button, red with yellow script lettering reading “I/ Got it/ Together/ 1978 Minnesota State Fair.”

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1944 Side Show at State Fair

Monday, August 26th, 2013

1944 Side Show

‘The Man Without a Stomach’ showing off to some kids at the 1944 Minnesota State Fair.

Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on August 25, 1944.

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1944 State Fair

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

1944 State Fair

A daredevil jumps his car over a bus during a program in the grandstand at the Minnesota State Fair. Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on August 27, 1944.

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1944 State Fair Midway

Friday, January 18th, 2013

1944 State Fair Midway

View from the top of the Ferris Wheel on the Midway of the 1944 Minnesota State Fair. Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on August 28, 1944.

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Butter carton dress

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Butter carton dress

Dress made out of butter cartons worn by Mary Ann Titrud (Princess Kay of the Milky Way) at the 1965 Minnesota State Fair to promote the American Dairy Association of Minnesota.

The dress has a Bertha collar and center back zipper; hook-and-eye closure at the collar; and a matching lined capelet with a center front opening and plain rounded neckline edged in rick rack.  A band with hidden buttons and snaps holds the cape and neckline in place.  The A-line skirt has a waistline band with two plastic buttons and buttonholes in front and an inverted front pleat edged in rick rack.  Round-cornered squares have been cut out from one-pound butter cartons representing various Minnesota creameries and machine-stitched onto the cape and skirt in horizontal rows to a stiffened interfacing.

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Crazy quilt

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Crazy quilt

Silk, velvet, taffeta and satin crazy quilt attributed to Anna and Orena Teachout, dressmakers from Farmington, Minnesota who worked in Owatonna and St. Paul.  Cordelia Teachout may have also contributed to the quilt’s construction.  The quilt is accompanied by an 1885 State Fair ribbon which reads, “27th Annual State Fair/ J.H. Mahler Co./ Carriages, Sleighs, Harness etc./ St. Paul/ 1885.”

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