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Family opening presents around tree, 1957

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 24, 2018

This photograph taken in 1957 shows a family opening presents around the Christmas tree.

Small Santa

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 21, 2018

This photograph is of school children dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus in Minneapolis, 1937.

Scotch Tape, 1960 - 1963

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 20, 2018

This green cellophane 'Scotch Gift Tape' with holly leaves on the dispenser was made by 3M (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing) in St. Paul, between 1960-1963.

The Season's Greetings window card

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 19, 2018

This Season's Greetings window card was created by the Minnesota Milk Company. Sadly, it is undated. The Minnesota Milk Company started in 1913 and was bought by Old Home in 1956.

Poppin' Fresh Christmas placemat, 1998

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 18, 2018

This Poppin' Fresh Christmas placemat dates from 1998.

Holiday Bake Sale, 1959

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 17, 2018

Jacqueline Heinichs and Mrs. Joe LaVasseur are seen here making cookies for the St. Louis Home and School Association Christmas bake sale in 1959.

Wire wrap ball ornament

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 14, 2018

This is a Christmas tree ornament of painted blown glass covered in wire wrap, as was the style. The manufacturer is unknown, but it was created circa 1870-1939.

Bike Catalog, 1893

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 13, 2018

It may not be the right season for bikes, but this catalog recently came in and was such a hit with staff that we couldn't wait share it. It is from 1893.
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Christmas Foshay Tower, 1928

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 12, 2018

The newly finished Foshay Tower, which would be Minneapolis's tallest building for nearly fifty years, is strung with lights and lit up like a Christmas tree in 1928.

Burning of Swede Hollow, 1956

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 11, 2018

On this day in 1956 the dwellings in Swede Hollow, a St. Paul immigrant neighborhood, were burned after the city health department declares them contaminated.

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