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Item of the Day

Woman’s Duster and Driving Goggles

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

These items are a floor-length light brown linen women's duster and driving goggles, circa 1915.

 

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

Jump in the Water

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 23, 2017

 

A photograph of a man jumping off the diving tower at Lake Calhoun (now Bde Maka Ska), on July 22, 1937.

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.

Tonka Ambulance

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 22, 2017

 

A red steel toy ambulance/van, manufactured by Tonka Toys, Minnesota. Circa 1970's.

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

Red Wing Jug

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

 

A Red Wing white glazed stoneware shoulder jug with adverting for the Sterling Wine House, in St. Paul, MN. Promoted as "The Celebrated Red Wing Jugs, " these popular products were sold in dozens of different shapes and sizes. With a nearly unlimited amount of uses, from the liquor trade to perfume storage, the jugs remained in production from the late 1870s to 1947.

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

Ice Harvest

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

A stereographic photograph showing the ice harvest on a Minnesota lake. Photographed by Whitney and Zimmerman in the 1870s.

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

Brave Looey

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

This is a watercolor painting on paper titled “Brave Looey,” made by Minnesota artist Bob Brown in the 1940s or 50s.

Defeat of France

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 16, 2017
Two men standing and reading the same newspaper

A photograph of two men at a Kiwanis convention reading about the fall of France to Germany in WWII on June 17, 1940.

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.

Salt and Pepper Set

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 15, 2017

 

A tombstone shaped salt and pepper shaker set that reads, "Here Lies / Salt" and "Here Lies / Pepper". Probably from the 1960s.

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

Toiletry Set

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

 

A matching toiletry set from the 1950s consisting of a cup, soap dish, and tissue box, all made of glittery gold plastic. Owned by Beulah Oberg of White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

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

Round of Golf

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

 

A photograph of Bing Crosby, Wally Mund, Harry Cooper, and Bob Hope playing golf at Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville on May 9, 1942.

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

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