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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.

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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.

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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.

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Famous Minnesota Beards

Friday, June 7th, 2013

In support of all the Minnesotans competing in the Border Battles Facial Hair Competition, sponsored by The Minneapolis Beard and Moustache Club on June 8, 2013, the Minnesota Historical Society presents a selection of some our favorite beards of Minnesota’s past.

Portrait of Harry Wild Jones

This is a portrait of Harry Wild Jones who was an influential Minneapolis architect and lover of goatees. He is credited with introducing the Shingle Style of architecture to Minneapolis and is probably best known as the designer of the Lakewood Cemetery Chapel and the Washburn Park Water Tower.

The man in this ambrotype portrait is John Harrington Stevens, an early settler of what would become Minneapolis and member of the first state legislature. You can admire his beard in person by visiting a statue of him located in Minnehaha Park.

As you can guess from the photograph, this is William B. Mitchell. Minnesota Supreme Court Judge, namesake of the William Mitchell College of Law and moustache aficionado.

William Watts Folwell, in addition to having a rather contemplative beard, was the first president of the University of Minnesota and has a building on the East Bank campus named after him.

This tintype portrait, circa 1880, is of Judson A. Bly a miller who lived and worked in Forestville, Minnesota. Forestville is now a ghost town located in Forestville State Park and is still reportedly haunted by Bly’s Hulihee style beard.

The man with all the medals on his chest and hair on his lip is Lucius F. Hubbard. He was an orphan who moved to Red Wing, Minnesota at the age of 21. He joined the 5th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry at the outbreak of the Civil War and in 1881 he was elected governor. The Minnesota county of Hubbard is named after him.

The man with the sideburns is Dorilus Morrison, the first (and third) mayor of Minneapolis and founder the Northwestern National Bank of Minneapolis which would later become Wells Fargo.

Last but not least, this photograph made by a Minneapolis Star-Tribune photographer in 1937 shows the world famous professional wrestler Farmer Tobin taking in a relaxing game of golf in Minnesota between bouts. He combined a 6 foot 7 inch frame with a tattoo collection and massive beard to make a formidable wrestling persona.

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Faribault family portrait

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Faribault family portrait

Ambrotype of the family of Jean Baptiste Faribault taken on the occasion of the wedding of his son, George Faribault, to Euphrasine St. Antoine circa 1850.  Present are, clockwise from top left: Alexander Faribault, Father Augustin Ravoux, Jean Baptiste Faribault, Euphrasine St. Antoine Faribault, and George Faribault.

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Humphrey as pitcher

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Humphrey the pitcher

Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey throws out the first pitch for the Minneapolis Millers at Nicollet Park. Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on April 27, 1948.

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Lillian Victoria Thayer

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Lillian Victoria Thayer

Tintype photograph of Lillian Victoria Thayer taken circa 1870.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

A mother poses with her eight daughters in this photograph taken by John Runk circa 1911.

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12, 2013.

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2013 Fishing Opener

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

2013 Fishing Opener

Calvert Fredric Spensley and an unidentified companion pose with their catch of fish circa 1900. For details, view the photograph in our online collections database.

The 2013 Minnesota fishing season begins May 11.

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