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Ruth Tanbara triptych

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Ruth Tanbara triptych

Acrylic on canvas triptych celebrating the life of Ruth Nomura Tanbara. Tanbara was a central figure in the Twin Cities’ Japanese-American community for more than four decades, serving as St. Paul’s YWCA adult education director and international program director from 1942-1972 and helping to found the St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee. During World War II, Tanbara helped more than 100 Japanese American evacuees of West coast internment camps find homes in the Twin Cities. The commemorative artwork was made by HIRO in 2005.

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Crew of the Lady Marge

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Crew of the Lady Marge

The crew of the B-29 bomber “Lady Marge” pose next to their aircraft during a visit to Minnesota. The crew flew documents finalizing the surrender of Japan at the end of World War II to Washington D.C. on September 1, 1945. During the flight they averaged 285 miles per hour, setting a world record for a flight from Honolulu to Washington. Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer in October of 1945.

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D-Day in Minneapolis

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

D-Day in Minneapolis

Pedestrians in downtown Minneapolis gather at a newsstand to read about the Allies’ invasion of Normandy in the Minneapolis Morning Tribune.  Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on June 6, 1944.

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Richard Bong

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Richard Bong

Fighter pilot Richard Ira Bong, posing on an airstrip next to his P-38 Lightning in Minnesota during a publicity tour.  Taken by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on June 12, 1944.  Bong died in 1945 when the fuel pump of the plane he was flying malfunctioned.

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Tanks on Nicollet Avenue

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Tanks on Nicollet Avenue

A line of tanks rolls down Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis as part of a parade. Captured on October 13, 1943 by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer.

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Artificial limb inspection

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Artificial limb inspection

Major General Norman Kirk, Surgeon General of the Army (second from left), inspects an artificial limb at a Minneapolis factory during World War II.  Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on December 6, 1943.

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Car with wood pulp tires

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Car with wood pulp tires

Three men examine a car tire made from wood pulp.  During World War II, the rationing of rubber led American tire manufacturers to turn to alternative raw materials.  Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on September 5, 1943.

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Working women in World War II

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Working women in World War II

Two women operate a machine in a factory during World War II.  Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on March 3, 1943.

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Horse buying defense bonds

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Horse buying defense bonds

In what was probably a staged photograph opportunity designed to build support for a bond drive, a horse approaches two post office workers at a service window as if to purchase defense bonds.  Captured by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on April 3, 1942.

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Hennepin Avenue, 1942

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Hennepin Avenue, 1942

Two sailors and two soldiers walk down Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis with a female companion.  Captured by an unknown Minneapolis Star Tribune photographer on July 8, 1942.

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