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Item of the Day

Near Mendota

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 7, 2017

This drypoint print on paper is titled “Near Mendota”; it was made by Minnesota artist Lowell Bobleter in 1937.

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

Grain Belt Matchbooks

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 6, 2017
Box of matchbooks

This box of Grain Belt Beer promotional paper matchbooks was produced in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the 1970s.

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

Ojibwe Napkin Rings

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 5, 2017
1940s beaded napkin holders

This pair of Ojibwe beadwork napkin rings was likely made in the 1940s.

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

Paul Molitor Bobblehead

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 4, 2017
Molitor bobblehead

This is a Paul Molitor bobblehead doll with commemorative card and cardboard box. The set was distributed at Minnesota Twins game against the Cleveland Indians, 2004.

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

Midway Flood

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 1, 2017
Couple at flooded Fair.

This is a photograph of a couple walking through the flooded Midway at the 1949 Minnesota State Fair.

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.

Tea Set

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 31, 2017
Tea set

A porcelain tea set including a creamer, covered sugar, cup and saucer, all hand-painted by Emily Jane Crane in the 1990s.

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

RR Tie Tool

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 30, 2017
Hammer tool

This is a hammer-like tool with steel head and "DS" in raised reversed letters on either end to stamp railroad ties. Manufactured by Panniers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1940-1990.

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

Sittin’ on the sidewalk

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 29, 2017
Cyanotype of people sitting on sidewalk

This cyanotype photograph from 1905 shows people sitting along the sidewalk in Minneapolis. Cyanotype is a printing process that uses blue ink.

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

Bancroft Sleeping Pad

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 28, 2017
Sleeping pad

This rolled sleeping pad was made by Mountain Hardwear and used by Ann Bancroft of Minnesota during the 2000-2001 Bancroft-Arnesen Expedition to Antarctica.

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

Trash Talk

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 25, 2017
Wrestling match photo

This photograph is of a referee getting trash thrown at him by fans during a 1949 wrestling match.

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.

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