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Item of the Day

Dorm Room 1898

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 25, 2017
Carleton dorm room photo

On this date in 1867, Horace Goodhue, Jr., opens a prep school in Northfield with twenty-three students attending. The institution is first known as Northfield College, but a generous donation from William Carleton of Charlestown, Massachusetts, would inspire its current name, Carleton College.

This image of a Carleton dorm room is from 1898. 

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

1949 Homecoming

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 22, 2017
1949 Homecoming

This photograph is of the crowd releasing balloons at the 1949 University of Minnesota Homecoming football game against Purdue.

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.

Romper Room Clock

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 21, 2017
Romper Room Clock

This is a puzzle clock promoting the educational children's television show Romper Room, which aired in the United States between 1953 and 1994.  The toy consists of twelve numbered shapes that may be set into and removed from corresponding impressions in a plastic base. When all of the shapes are set into the base, they form a clock. Manufactured by Hasbro Industries, Inc. in Pawtucket, Rhode Island circa 1972.

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

Graphophone

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 20, 2017
Graphophone

This Columbia Graphophone (Type AT) was used by Frances Densmore to record Native American music onto cylinder records in the late 19th century.

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

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.

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