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Item of the Day

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.

Glencoe Button

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 12, 2017

A circular pin-back button from the sesquicentennial of Glencoe, Minnesota, 2005, with an image of the Glencoe Brewing Company.

On the Bluff

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 9, 2017

This is a photograph of two artists painting on a bluff overlooking downtown Stillwater, MN on June 25, 1947.

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.

Ceramic Vessel by Daga

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 8, 2017

This ceramic vessel was made by Minnesota potter Robert Daga Jr. in the 1930s. It has a small round base with a flared lip and is decorated with a mottled pattern of light and dark brown colors. Daga's signature and a partial date are inscribed on the base of the piece.

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

Painting of West 7th

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

This gouache on paper painting titled “West Seventh Street, St. Paul” was made by Minnesota artist Cameron Booth in 1935.

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

BWCA Sticker

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

This rectangular orange paper bumper printed "Save the B.W.C.A." (Boundary Waters Canoe Area) was issued by Rudy Perpich, 1980.

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

Dakota Pipe Bag

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 5, 2017

This is a Dakota beaded rawhide tobacco pouch, circa 1900. The primary beadwork panel displays a geometric pattern of green, red, blue and yellow on a white bead ground. Rawhide strips sewn to the bottom of the pouch are wrapped with red, white and yellow porcupine quills in a pyramid pattern. Rawhide fringe dangles below. Quill-wrapped rawhide thongs attached to the top of the pouch terminate in metal jingle cones sprouting dyed-red horsehair bundle.

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

High Bar

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 2, 2017

This photograph is of a Winona High School student clearing the pole vault during a May 4, 1952 track meet.

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.

Hermann’s Beer Can

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 1, 2017

This can is of Hermann's Monument Beer. The beer was brewed and canned by August Schell Brewing Company of New Ulm, Minnesota in the 1980s.

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

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