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Rally Towel, 2016

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 10, 2018

This Minnesota Vikings playoff rally towel was distributed to fans at the January 10, 2016, game, which was the last playoff game of the 2015 season. It was the final outdoor Vikings game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the coldest kickoff in franchise history. 
Hope the outcome is better tonight!

Holiday Lights, 1941

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 7, 2018

This images is part of the Outdoor Christmas lighting contest, Minneapolis photograph collection, from 1941. That is quite a Snow Santa!

 

100 Grand National Recipes

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 6, 2018

This cookbook from 1954 collects all the prize winning recipes from the previous year's Grand National Baking Competition, sponsored by Pillsbury. And it was only .25 cents! This and others are available for consultation in the MNHS Library's extensive cookbook collection.

Safety Poster

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 5, 2018

This poster, undated but likely late 1950s, encourages safety for both drivers and pedestrians.

Snowplow, 1940

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 4, 2018

This photograph shows a man operating a motorized snowplow on a sidewalk in 1940, a precursor of today's snow blowers.

Second Day of Hannaukuh

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 3, 2018

This Hanukkah menorah, or chanukiah, was purchased by Mildred Kaplan for her granddaughter Shoshana Moss. Moss continued to use this menorah during Hanukkah in Minnesota through the 1990s. The metal menorah has nine branches, differentiating it from temple menorahs which have seven. It is decorated with two central tablets flanked by lions. The tablets, with Hebrew numerals 1-10, represent the Ten Commandments. The lions represent the Lion of Judah, the symbol of the Jewish tribe of Judah.

Dakota beaded quillwork pipe bag

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 30, 2018

This Dakota leather tobacco pouch has an approximate date of 1900. It has vertical quilled rawhide strips attached across its base and a similar beadwork motif on the front and back. 

Roller Derby, 1941

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 29, 2018

This photograph shows a roller derby competitor who is missing a tooth trying up her roller skates in 1941. It is unknown if derby was the cause of the missing tooth, but it is possible.

Map of the United States, 1836

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 28, 2018

This map of the United States was published in New York in 1836. The land gained in the Louisiana Purchase is just beginning to be settled; what will become Minnesota is still part of the Missouri and Ouisconsin Territories.

"Back to the Campus" Window Display

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 27, 2018

This photo is of the "Back to the Campus" window display at Juster's in 1966. The fashion doesn't look all that different from today, except for maybe the tie.

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