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Item of the Day

Bob Hope

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 11, 2017
Bob Hope

This photograph shows Bob Hope getting mobbed during a visit to the 1949 Minneapolis Aquatennial.

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.

Ojibwe Bandolier Bag

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 10, 2017
Bandolier bag

This Ojibwe bandolier bag is made of black cotton velvet decorated in floral motifs employing glass seed beads in the spot stitch appliqué technique on the strap and the area above the pocket. The pocket panel features floral motifs worked in quill on birchbark that is attached to the velvet. Made by Melvin Losh, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in the 1980s.

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

Pyrographic Box

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 9, 2017
box

This is a small pyrographic box with city-scape on the lid and an inscription, handwritten in Norwegian on inside of the lid. Circa 1940s.

Pyrography or pyrogravure is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning.

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

Tennis Trophy

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 8, 2017
Tennis trophy

This trophy is from the 1919 Northwest Lawn Tennis Championship, awarded to Marguerite Davis of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is made from woven cloth with floral and butterfly motifs pressed between two circular glass plates and bound with sterling silver banding.

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

Harold Who? Oh, you mean Bud.

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 7, 2017
Photo of Bud Grant

This is a black and white portrait of professional three sport (!) athlete and former Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Harold “Bud” Grant in 1950 when he played for the Minneapolis Lakers. He was a reserve player on their Championship winning 1950 team.

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

Oh Deer!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 4, 2017
Deer escaping

This photograph is of a white tail deer escaping from an exhibit during a Sports and Outdoor show in March, 1940.

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.

Ballroom Trombone

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

This trombone, case, and accessories used by Willard D. Stephenson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 1964-1997, while playing with the Jules Herman Orchestra and the Minnesota Vikings band at the Prom Ballroom. It was purchased in Marshall, Minnesota, in 1964.

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

The New Highway

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 2, 2017
Lithograph print called The New Highway

This small lithograph print on paper is titled “The New Highway.” It was made in 1939 by established Minnesota artist Clem Haupers.

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

Railroad Lantern

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 1, 2017
Railroad lantern

This metal railroad switch stand lamp with four blue and red glass lenses was manufactured by Dressel in Arlington, New Jersey, circa 1940s.

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

Minneapolis Bars Then and Now

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 31, 2017
Nib's Bar

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 Nib’s Bar at 3500 Cedar Ave in 1953. This location is still a bar, and a famous one at that … Matt’s Bar and Grill, home of the Jucy Lucy!

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

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