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Item of the Day

Surgical Clamp

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 24, 2017
Surgical clamp

This surgical clamp was used for resection of the intestine, designed by Doctor Owen Wangensteen, Chief of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Used by Doctor Palmer Peterson in his Minneapolis medical practice from 1952-1998.

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

Anti-Reagan Button

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 23, 2017
Anit-Reagan Button

This circular button reads "Nancy gets / red dresses; / We get / pink slips!", referring to the news that Nancy Reagan had accepted thousands of dollars worth of clothing, jewelry and gifts during her time as First Lady. Produced by the Rick Krueger Volunteer Committee of Staples, Minnesota, 1982.

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

Water and Rail

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 22, 2017
Water and Rail painting

This watercolor and gouache painting on paper is titled “Water and Rail” and was made by Minnesota artist Bob Brown in 1937 as part of the WPA Federal Art Project.

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

Twins Placemat

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 21, 2017
Twins Placemat

This is a rectangular paper placemat with scalloped edging, promoting the Minnesota Twins baseball team. It features a list of the 1962 Twins home games and a map of Metropolitan Stadium.

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

Surrender

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 18, 2017
People reading about Germany's surrender at the end of WWII

This photograph is of pedestrians, soldiers, and sailors reading about the surrender of Germany at a downtown Minneapolis news stand in May, 1945.

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.

Hauenstein Beer Can

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 17, 2017
Hauenstein beer can

This red pop-top aluminum can is for Hauenstein New Ulm Beer, produced in New Ulm, Minnesota, circa 1960-1980.

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

“Cutbank”

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 16, 2017

This lithograph print on paper is titled “Cutbank.” It was made for the WPA Art Project in 1941 by Minnesota artist Alexander Oja.

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

Millers Pennant

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 15, 2017
Minneapolis Miller hockey pennant

This felt pennant is for the Minneapolis Millers Hockey Club, circa 1955.

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

Stassen Button

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 14, 2017
Stassen button

This rectangular pin-back button was made to promote Harold Stassen's campaign for United States president, 1968.

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

Bob Hope

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 11, 2017
Bob Hope

This photograph shows Bob Hope getting mobbed during a visit to the 1949 Minneapolis Aquatennial.

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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