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Item of the Day

First Minnesota Volunteers Pin

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 30, 2017

This Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac shamrock or trefoil-shaped corps badge is made of stamped brass. The badge was worn during the Civil War by Captain Mahlon Black of the 2nd Company of Minnesota Sharpshooters. Black's unit, after serving in the Army of the Potomac, was assigned to duty with the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the first day of the battle of Fair Oaks. In 1865, after being formally mustered out, Black re-enlisted and was transferred to the 1st Minnesota Battalion.

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

Twins Ticket

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 29, 2017

An admission ticket to game 7 of the World Series at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome with the Minnesota Twins versus the Atlanta Braves, 1991. Yes, we won.

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

Chopping Wood

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 26, 2017

A photograph of a lumberjack chopping a log during a festival in 1938.

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.

Mail Box Bank

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 25, 2017

This bank in the shape of a mailbox has coin slots for both packages (above) and letters (below). A key inside the bank can be used to open a door in its front. Circa 1960.

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

Tennis Racket

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

This wooden tennis racket and frame was used by John McHie, Jr. of Minnesota, circa 1950. John was married to Beneta Edwards McHie, a member of a prominent African-American family who was heavily involved in the education of women and minorities, as well as a number of other social justice issues.

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

 

FBI Patch

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 23, 2017

This patch is embroidered with the seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academy, featuring an eagle with an olive branch and arrows in its talons over a red, white, and blue shield.  

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

Zero Morning

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 22, 2017

An oil on canvas painting titled "Zero Morning" made by Minnesota artist Henry Holmstrom in 1940.

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

Baseball Bat Inspection

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 19, 2017

A photograph of St. Paul Saints player Jim Pendleton, Milwaukee Brewers players George Crowe (center), and James "Buzz" Clarkson (left) discussing batting before a September 7, 1951 baseball game.

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.

Centennial Tumblers

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 18, 2017

A set of six identical clear glass tumblers from the Minnesota Territorial Centennial in 1949.

 

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

F. Scott out for a walk

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 17, 2017

A cyanotype photograph of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his mother, Mary (McQuillan) Fitzgerald, in front of their apartment on Laurel Avenue in 1897.

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

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