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Henry Whipple St. Clair

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Henry Whipple St. Clair

Henry Whipple St. Clair poses for a studio portrait circa 1885, when he was a 15 year-old student attending Shattuck School in Faribault, Minnesota. St. Clair, an Episcopal deacon of Dakota Indian heritage ordained by Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple in 1899, served communities throughout Minnesota and South Dakota and was an army chaplain during World War II.

For more information about the St. Clair family, visit their biographical page at In Honor of the People: Exploring American Indian culture in the Bishop Whipple collections.

For details about the photograph of St. Clair, visit our online collections database.

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Lake Calhoun acrobats

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Lake Calhoun acrobats

A man and woman execute an acrobatic pose near the beach at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on June 14, 1947.

For details, view the photograph in our online collections database.

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Birdella Ross and sister

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Birdella Ross and sister

Studio photograph taken circa 1858 of Birdella M. Ross and her (probably twin) sister.

For details, view the photograph in our online collections database.

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Whitney’s Gallery, 1852

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Whitney's Gallery, 1852

Daguerreotype of Charles D. Elfelt’s store and Joel Emmons Whitney’s photography gallery at Third and Cedar Streets in St. Paul, Minnesota taken by Whitney in 1852.¬†Christ Episcopal Church is visible in the background at right.

For details, view the daguerreotype in our online collections database.

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Ojibwe family portrait

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Ojibwe family portrait

An Ojibwe family poses for a portrait in a photographer’s studio circa 1905.

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Babe Ruth

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth pauses for a photograph with a young fan on the tarmac at Wold-Chamberlain Field (now Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport) during a visit to Minnesota. Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer in August of 1947. Ruth was to die a year later on August 16, 1948.

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

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Flyte Time

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Flyte Time

Members of the band Flyte Tyme, including Terry Lewis (middle center), Cynthia Johnson (bottom center), and Jellybean Johnson (back right), pose for a group photograph in their Halloween costumes. Captured by photographer Charles Chamblis circa 1980.

For details, view the photograph in our online collections database.

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St. Anthony Falls, 1852

Friday, April 5th, 2013

St. Anthony Falls, 1852

Photograph of St. Anthony Falls looking towards the west. Taken by St. Paul-based photographer Joel Emmons Whitney circa 1852.

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1870 tintype

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

1870 tintype

Two women (tentatively identified as Harriet Varner and Mrs. Lucius N. Parker) pose for a tintype portrait in a photography studio circa 1870. Photographer unknown.

For details, view the tintype in our online collections database.

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Stereoscope

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Stereoscope

Wood and brass viewfinder, or stereoscope, patented in 1866 and manufactured during the 1880s. Stereoscopes combine the twin images of stereoptical slides within one plane of vision, producing a three-dimensional effect. The viewfinder was grasped at the bottom and a slide inserted into the slot at one end, as shown in the picture below.

Example of a stereoscopic slide:

For details, view the stereoscope in our online collections database.

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