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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.

Office Workers Exercising

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 26, 2018

This photo from 1921 shows Northwestern Bell Telephone Company office workers exercising. This might be what we all need after the holiday weekend!

Dayton's Shopping Bag

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 23, 2018

This bag is from 2006, the year that Dayton's was sold to Macy's.

Turkey Races

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 22, 2018

On Thanksgiving Day in 1955, turkey races were held. These photos are from the Minneapolis Star and Tribune.

Preparing Thanksgiving food baskets for the needy, 1954

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 21, 2018

This photo shows people getting baskets of food ready for people in need before Thanksgiving in 1954.

Early Evening

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 20, 2018

Many of our drives this week for Thanksgiving might look something like this. It is a woodcut print made by Charles Beck; we don't have an exact date but know it was before 1989. Be sure to see the Charles Beck show currently at the James J. Hill House Gallery!

WPA Carved Turkey Bookends

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 19, 2018

As preparation for the upcoming holiday, we present this pair of carved turkey bookends made by an anonymous WPA (Works Progress Administration) artist, circa 1935-43. Gobble!

Hints for Housewives Anti-Suffrage Pamphlet

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 16, 2018


This pamphlet was distributed by the Saint Paul Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage with the purpose of informing women that they didn't need the right to vote to live happy and meaningful lives. The interior contains cleaning and cooking tips for housewives, interspersed with anti-suffrage statements such as "You do not need a ballot to clean out your sink spout. A handful of potash and some boiling water is quicker and cheaper." Anti-suffragists, who were men and women, gave many reasons women should be denied the vote, such as a lack of understand of political issues and lack of physical strength to enforce the laws they pass.

 

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