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Charles Chamblis Photography Collection

Monday, April 21st, 2014

From family reunions to the nightclub scene, there is no one who documented the Twin Cities Black community like Charles Chamblis. Affectionately called “The Pictureman,” he had a passion for photography and a knack for being everywhere at the right time. The Minnesota Historical Society is thrilled to have a collection of over 2,000 of his images documenting life in the 1970-1980s.

Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis is a new exhibit of his work, opening at the Minnesota Historical Society on April 26, 2014.

And join us for Retrorama: a celebration of fashion of the 70-80s on May 16, 2014!

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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.

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

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J.R. Beatty

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

J.R. Beatty

An interesting photo card that shows a small photo of Captain J.R. Beatty of the 2nd Minnesota as well as a physical description, circa 1863.

For details, view this card in our collections database.

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Outside the Peacock

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Outside the Peacock

A photograph made by Charles Chamblis of couple guys posting with their car outside the Peacock Alley in Minneapolis in the late 1970s.

An exhibition of Chamblis’ work will be opening this April at MHS, please see this page for more information.

For details, view this photograph in our collections database.

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Auto Race

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Auto Race

Today I present one of my favorite photographs in the collection, showing a racecar in action during the 1916 Minnesota State Fair. The distortion you see was caused by the focal-plane shutter not being fast enough to capture the fast-moving car. This type of distortion is most famously seen in Jacque Henri Lartigue’s photograph of a racecar in 1912. A detailed explanation about what caused the distortion can be found here.

For details, view this photograph in our collections database.

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Hastings before the Civil War

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Hastings before the Civil War

An ambrotype photograph of Hastings, Minnesota circa 1860.

For details, view this photograph in our collections database.

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“Milk not Booze”

Friday, October 11th, 2013

“Milk not Booze”

Two men discuss a large “For Health – Drink Milk, not Booze” sign.

Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on November 11, 1941.

For details, view this photograph in our collections database.

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George and Euphrasine Faribault’s wedding portrait

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

George and Euphrasine Faribault's wedding portrait

George and Euphrasine Faribault’s wedding portrait daguerreotype. Left to right, top: Alexander Faribault, Father Augustin Ravoux. Left to right, bottom: George Faribault, Euphrasine St. Antoine Faribault, Jean Baptiste Faribault.

For details, view this Daguerreotype in our collections database.

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Pet Duck

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Pet Duck

Woman and her pet duck on a leash.

Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on August 13, 1937.

For details, view this photograph in our collections database.

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A Milwaukee Brewer and ump arguing on the field during a Millers game

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

A Milwaukee Brewer and ump arguing on the field during a Millers game

A member of the Milwaukee Brewer’s baseball team yelling at the ump during a May 11, 1948 game against the Minneapolis Millers.

Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer in 1948.

For details, view this photograph in our collections database.

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