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Army Motorcycle

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 28, 2017
Army motorcycle 1940

This is a  photograph of a US Army motorcycle rider and mechanic working on a bike in June, 1940.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid here.

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

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Summit Keg Cap

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 27, 2017

A green plastic beer keg cap produced by Summit Brewing Company of Saint Paul, Minnesota, for their Extra Pale Ale, circa 1986.

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

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Gaytee Glass

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 26, 2017
Gaytee Stained Glass sample

A small rectangular polychromatic glass sample used by Gaytee Stained Glass Studios of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Probably from the 1960s.

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

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Stereoview of Limestone Quarry

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 25, 2017
Stereoview of Limestone Quarry

A stereoview photograph of a limestone quarry somewhere outside Red Wing, Minnesota in the 1880s.

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

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Benjamin Harrison Pendant

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 24, 2017

This small shield-shaped mother of pearl pendant was used during the 1888 United States presidential campaign promoting Benjamin Harrison and Levi Morton.

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

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That isn't a dump truck!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 21, 2017
Lumber truck overloaded

This is a photograph of an overloaded lumber truck on an icy December 1941 day.

This image forms part of our Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative collection. Additional photographs in this series may be available in the library, please view the finding aid.

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

Hardware Store Set

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 20, 2017
Hardware store toy set

This is a “My Merry Hardware Store” toy set, made by the Merry Manufacturing Company of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1959.

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

Ford Plant Lamp

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 19, 2017
Lamp from Saint Paul Ford Plant

This ceiling lamp is from the showroom of the Saint Paul Ford Plant that includes the lamp's metal base, with light bulb and wiring, and white glass globe. Circa 1920.

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

Jesse Ventura Action Figure

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 18, 2017
Jesse Ventura action figure

This action figure doll with original box commemorates Jesse Ventura, who was elected Governor of Minnesota in 1998. This version of the figure is wearing a blue sweatshirt with Champlin Park High School (where Ventura had served as a volunteer conditioning coach) and Zubaz logos, as well as white, blue, and grey Zubaz-style athletic pants, and white high-top sneakers.

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

Sergeant Irvine

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 17, 2017
Sergeant William Irvine holding First Minnesota battle flag

This carte-de-visite photograph is of Color Sergeant William N. Irvine holding the shredded First Minnesota battle flag shortly after the battle of Gettysburg. He was injured in the Battle of Petersburg and died ten days later on June 28th, 1864.

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