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Wintergreen

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 17, 2020

The new art exhibit opening at the James J. Hill House tomorrow had us thinking about botanical prints in the collection.
This watercolor is called "Creeping or Spicy Wintergreen."  It was created as part of the WPA art project in 1941 by Lloyd Quackenbush.
Be sure to visit "Art From the Edge of the Boreal Forest: Reflecting Biodiversity" on view at the Hill House January 18 - June 21, 2020!

 

War Ration Books

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 16, 2020

This war ration book holder was manufactured by Pillsbury Best Flour for the Office of Price Administration, USA, in 1943. 

Minneapolis

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 15, 2020

This print is of downtown Minneapolis in 1925. It was made by lithographer Louis Lozowick.

Cross-Country Skiing!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 14, 2020

Looks like he picked the smart way to get around!
This photo is of a man on cross-country skis after a snowstorm in 1924.

Salt & Pepper Fish

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 13, 2020

Would you like to look at these every day on your table?
This pair of ceramic salt and pepper shakers are painted to resemble smallmouth bass fish. They were made in Japan and shown at the Minnesota State Fair in Saint Paul between 1950 - 1975.

Vikings

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 10, 2020

In the football season of 1987, the Vikings beat both the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs back-to-back. Perhaps this is the year to do it again?
This card is one from the Minnesota Vikings crime prevention trading card set, issued in 1987. There were 14 cards in all, highlighting different players with a crime prevention tip on the back.
Stay safe and go Vikes!

Comics

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 9, 2020

This photo show a man reading "Flash Comics" in 1945.

One is never too old to enjoy comics!

Bookplate

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 8, 2020

This bookplate was used by Reuel D. Harmon; it was taken from a book acquired by bookseller Harold Kittleson of Minneapolis between 1920 - 1950.

Beaded chiffon evening dress

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 7, 2020

This dress of pale blue chiffon beaded with rows of alternating transparent ball and cylinder beads ends in spiral designs at an uneven hem. The chemise dress hangs straight from the shoulders and is sleeveless with a scoop neckline. 
It was worn in Minneapolis in the 1920s, and sure looks like it.

Northfield

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 6, 2020

This map is of Northfield in Rice County, created when Minnesota was still a territory in 1855. The cartographer is Caleb Iddings.

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