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Model Train Station

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Model Train Station

Plastic model of a two-story train station originally used as part of a toy train set. Manufactured circa 1960.

For details, view this toy in our collections database.

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Dinah doll

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Dinah doll

This depression era hand stitched doll named Dinah was a childhood gift from the donor’s grandmother. Made of black stockinette stockings and stuffed with wool batting, Dinah is wearing a blue cotton dress with white polka dots, a white cotton hemmed apron, a red handkerchief scarf in her hair, and black cotton velveteen shoes with black leather soles. Beneath the dress is a bright pink pair of bloomers. Dinah’s face is completely hand embroidered.

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“Monopoly” special edition commemorating Gorbachev’s Minnesota visit

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

On June 3, 1990, U.S.S.R. President Mikhail Gorbachev made a highly publicized trip to the Twin Cities. In honor of his seven hour stopover, Parker Brothers issued this special Russian edition of the ultimate capitalistic board game Monopoly to commemorate the communist leader’s visit.

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Guy Noir Bobblehead Doll

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Guy Noir Bobblehead Doll

Bobblehead in the likeness of Garrison Keillor dressed as private investigator Guy Noir, a character from Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show.  Made by VisABILITY, circa 2000.

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Toy cart with Santa blocks

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Toy cart with Santa blocks

Toy horse-drawn cart carrying a set of twelve blocks, each piece made of flat wood stock to which is glued printed paper. The blocks form a picture of ‘Santa Claus’ on one side, while the other may be arranged to show the letters A to X in sequence (block “YZ” excluded), each block showing a pair of letters below a picture of a child or an animal engaged in child’s activity. Manufacturer unknown, circa 1895.

Toy cart with Santa blocksToy cart with Santa blocks

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“Get a Gobbler” punchcard game

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

“Get a Gobbler” punchcard game

“Get a Gobbler” punchcard game board. Front has boxes that players choose with punch-out circles representing women’s names. The winning name is concealed under the turkey tail in the upper right corner. If you guess the correct name, you “get a 10 pound turkey.” Made by Hamilton Manufacturing Co., Minneapolis. 1949.

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Star Trek Rapid Fire Tracer Gun

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Star Trek Rapid Fire Tracer Gun

From the Minnesota Historical Society’s extensive collection of weaponry comes this 1967 Star Trek Rapid Fire Tracer Gun which “shoots the new jet discs with exciting rapid-fire tracer action.” The universe is all the safer for it.

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