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Item of the Day

Vikings Pennant

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 18, 2017
Vikings pennant

This purple felt Minnesota Vikings pennant commemorates Super Bowl VIII in Houston, Texas, 1974.

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

Tallest Lawyer in MN

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 15, 2017
Image of George Mikan

This photograph is of professional basketball player George Mikan returning to his law firm after winning the 1953 NBA Championship with the Minneapolis Lakers.

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.

Span-Am War Badge

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 14, 2017
War badge

This pin-back badge is from the United Spanish War Veterans annual encampment in Saratoga Springs, New York, 1936; it was owned by Theresa Ericksen of Minnesota. The top pin bar has a space for a name tag and features Ericksen's name, with a white and blue ribbon attached; at the bottom is a USWV insignia pendant.

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

“Lake Street”

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 13, 2017
Etching on paper

This is an etching on paper print titled “Lake Street”, made by Minnesota artist Larry Welo in 1982.

For more information about this item, view this print in our collections database.

Tonka Dune Buggy

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 12, 2017
Toy truck

This is a Tonka Toys Jeep CJ Dune Buggy, model number 2400 made by Tonka Toys, Mound, Minnesota, 1983.

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

Minneapolis Bars Then and Now

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 11, 2017
Photo of bar interior

Gratuitously stealing the title from one of our favorite Minnesota history books, Twin Cities Then and Now by Larry Millet, Item of the Day presents an occasional series, Minneapolis Bars Then and (sometimes) Now.

This photograph shows the inside of Caesar’s Bar at 320 Cedar Ave in 1966. This location is still a bar, The Red Sea Bar and Restaurant.

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

Albert Woolson Funeral

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 8, 2017
Funeral photo

This photograph is from the August 7, 1956 funeral of Albert H. Woolson. Woolson was the last surviving Union Army Civil War veteran, having been born in 1850 and joined the 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery Regiment as a drummer boy. He died in Duluth, Minnesota on August 2, 1956 at the age of 106.

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.

Near Mendota

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 7, 2017

This drypoint print on paper is titled “Near Mendota”; it was made by Minnesota artist Lowell Bobleter in 1937.

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

Grain Belt Matchbooks

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 6, 2017
Box of matchbooks

This box of Grain Belt Beer promotional paper matchbooks was produced in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the 1970s.

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

Ojibwe Napkin Rings

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 5, 2017
1940s beaded napkin holders

This pair of Ojibwe beadwork napkin rings was likely made in the 1940s.

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

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