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Item of the Day

Twins Cup

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

A waxed paper concession cup used to serve beverages at the Minnesota Twins' home games at the Metropolitan Stadium in the 1960's.

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

Civil War Chest

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 25, 2017

A wooden campaign chest used by Commissary Sergeant Thomas P. Wilson while he served with the 4th Minnesota Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. "Capt. T.P. Wilson" and "A.Q.M" are painted on the front. Wilson was breveted major at the end of the war and began serving as quartermaster general of Minnesota on November 10, 1871.

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

Audubon Print

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 24, 2017

A hand-colored lithograph of the Canada Lynx from John James Audubon's Imperial Folio Edition of The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (1843-1848), Folio 4, Plate XVI. The illustrations for this series were made by J.J. Audubon and his son John Woodhouse Audubon. Most of the backgrounds were done by another of J.J. Audubon's sons, Victor Gifford Audubon. The printing and hand-coloring was done by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia.

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

Bullet Hole

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

A photograph of a man with a head injury pointing out a bullet hole in the front window of Jordan's Café in May, 1938.

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.

Minnesota Red Pepper

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

A Jordan's Pure Spices Red Pepper tin. Distributed by Jordan Stevens Company, Minneapolis. Circa 1940-60.

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

Survey Crew

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 19, 2017

A cyanotype photograph of Harold Foster’s survey crew somewhere in Northern Minnesota in the early 1910s.

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

Hand-Made Gloves

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 18, 2017

A pair of hand-knit white gloves with beaded designs, made by Katherine Alma Stelzer, a pioneer in Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1825.

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

Ojibwe Bandolier Bag

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 17, 2017

An  Ojibwe black wool bandolier bag with loom-woven geometric beadwork panel sewn to the lower half of the front panel; the top half is black velvet with spot-stitched with a symmetric floral and leaf pattern of beads. Circa 1880.

See more bandolier bags in the new MNHS Press book by Marcia Anderson, A Bag Worth a Pony, coming out next month!

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

Skytop Lounge Car

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 14, 2017

A photograph of a couple looking at the new Milwaukee Rail Road "Skytop" lounge car in May, 1948.

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.

Forest (noun)

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 13, 2017

An oil painting on curved and embossed board made by St. Paul artist Dan Bruggeman in 2001.

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

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