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Item of the Day

“Left to Right”

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 11, 2017
Water color by Bob Brown

This watercolor on paper painting titled "Left to Right" was made in 1937 by Minnesota artist Bob Brown for the WPA Federal Art Project.

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

Anti-LeVander sticker sheet

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 10, 2017
Anti-LeVander sticker sheet

This is a sheet of four round stickers, each featuring a drawing of Republican Minnesota governor Harold LeVander's profile in white with a purple outline on lavender. Circulated by the Minnesota Democrat-Farmer-Labor Party, 1967.

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

Anti-War Protest

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

This is a photograph of "All Women Against All War" anti-war protestors in downtown Minneapolis in July 1938, with the Foshay Tower in the background.

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.

 

City Hall Ashtray

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 6, 2017

This is a heart-shaped copper ashtray depicting the Saint Paul City Hall. Scratched into the back is "Jan 29 09 / White House / Fire". The inscription may mean the ashtray survived the fire at the White House Department Store on the evening of January 29, 1909.

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

Fourth of July Railroad

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 4, 2017

This black and white photograph is from 1895 showing a Great Northern Railway locomotive decorated for the Fourth of July holiday.

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

Fond du Lac License Plate

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

This is a Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa license plate. First issued in 1987.

Hamm’s Tank

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 30, 2017

This photograph is of a new tank being installed at the Hamm's Brewing Company on February 19, 1954.

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.

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

Twins Button

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 29, 2017

This circular green pin-back button is from the 1987 Minnesota Twins World Series games against the Saint Louis Cardinals, manufactured by WinCraft of Winona, Minnesota.

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

Leaf Book A/P

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 28, 2017

This black and white photograph of a lake was made by Lynn Geesaman and housed in a metal sculpture made by Irve Dell. The work is titled "Leaf Book A/P" and was made in 1988.

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

Lottery Road Map

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 27, 2017
Cartoon of five images with five Roadtrip! words along a winding highway

A strip of ten unused, voided scratch-off tickets from the Minnesota State Lottery game "Roadtrip," 2000.

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

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