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Item of the Day

Fourth of July Railroad

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 4, 2017

This black and white photograph is from 1895 showing a Great Northern Railway locomotive decorated for the Fourth of July holiday.

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

Fond du Lac License Plate

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 3, 2017

This is a Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa license plate. First issued in 1987.

Hamm’s Tank

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

This photograph is of a new tank being installed at the Hamm's Brewing Company on February 19, 1954.

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.

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

Twins Button

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

This circular green pin-back button is from the 1987 Minnesota Twins World Series games against the Saint Louis Cardinals, manufactured by WinCraft of Winona, Minnesota.

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

Leaf Book A/P

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 28, 2017

This black and white photograph of a lake was made by Lynn Geesaman and housed in a metal sculpture made by Irve Dell. The work is titled "Leaf Book A/P" and was made in 1988.

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

Lottery Road Map

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 27, 2017
Cartoon of five images with five Roadtrip! words along a winding highway

A strip of ten unused, voided scratch-off tickets from the Minnesota State Lottery game "Roadtrip," 2000.

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

Woman’s Duster and Driving Goggles

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

These items are a floor-length light brown linen women's duster and driving goggles, circa 1915.

 

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

Jump in the Water

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

 

A photograph of a man jumping off the diving tower at Lake Calhoun (now Bde Maka Ska), on July 22, 1937.

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.

Tonka Ambulance

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

 

A red steel toy ambulance/van, manufactured by Tonka Toys, Minnesota. Circa 1970's.

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

Red Wing Jug

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 21, 2017

 

A Red Wing white glazed stoneware shoulder jug with adverting for the Sterling Wine House, in St. Paul, MN. Promoted as "The Celebrated Red Wing Jugs, " these popular products were sold in dozens of different shapes and sizes. With a nearly unlimited amount of uses, from the liquor trade to perfume storage, the jugs remained in production from the late 1870s to 1947.

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

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