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End of the Civil War

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 12, 2019

This headline from the St. Cloud Democrat announces the end of the Civil War on April 13, 1865.

Visit our Newspaper Hub to see more articles from the period!

 

April Snow

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 11, 2019

While April snow is nothing new, it is still not appreciated. This photo is of a snowstorm scene at 7-corners in downtown St. Paul on April 14, 1949.

It forms part of Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative Collection. 

Ladies' Brimmed Hat

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 10, 2019

This ladies' hat is made of cream haircloth braid trimmed in pastel shade flowers.

It was worn by Cornelia Saunders Stott of St. Paul at her daughter Mary's wedding to Mr. P. C. Richter on April 16, 1929.

April Day

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 9, 2019

This oil painting is titled "April Day." It was created by Knute Heldner in 1921.

Log Drive

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 8, 2019

This photo is of logs at a river landing waiting for the ice to thaw in order to start the log drive. It was taken in 1920. 

April Fashion

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 5, 2019

We close out umbrella week with this lovely cover of the April 1928 issue of "H. A. Waner and Son's Fashion News." This self-proclaimed "Store of Honest Values" was based in Cresco, Iowa. This advertising pamphlet highlights new spring and summer styles available for sale.

Woman with Umbrella

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 4, 2019

This photo of a woman holding an umbrella was taken by Charles Chamblis, sometime between 1975 - 1985.

Green Giant Umbrella

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 3, 2019

This is a promotional umbrella for the Green Giant Company of LeSueur, Minnesota, from 1968.

Please note the giant hand and the tag line of "Ho Ho Ho."

Snow Umbrella

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 2, 2019

This photo shows two women hiding under an umbrella at a news stand during an early April 1937 snowstorm.

Hopefully we will not repeat this scene this year!

Horse buying Defense Bonds

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 1, 2019

Happy April Fool's Day! 
For today's silliness we present this photo of a horse purportedly buying war bonds, taken in April 1942.

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