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Item of the Day

Harold Who? Oh, you mean Bud.

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 7, 2017
Photo of Bud Grant

This is a black and white portrait of professional three sport (!) athlete and former Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Harold “Bud” Grant in 1950 when he played for the Minneapolis Lakers. He was a reserve player on their Championship winning 1950 team.

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

Oh Deer!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 4, 2017
Deer escaping

This photograph is of a white tail deer escaping from an exhibit during a Sports and Outdoor show in March, 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.

Ballroom Trombone

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

This trombone, case, and accessories used by Willard D. Stephenson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 1964-1997, while playing with the Jules Herman Orchestra and the Minnesota Vikings band at the Prom Ballroom. It was purchased in Marshall, Minnesota, in 1964.

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

The New Highway

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 2, 2017
Lithograph print called The New Highway

This small lithograph print on paper is titled “The New Highway.” It was made in 1939 by established Minnesota artist Clem Haupers.

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

Railroad Lantern

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 1, 2017
Railroad lantern

This metal railroad switch stand lamp with four blue and red glass lenses was manufactured by Dressel in Arlington, New Jersey, circa 1940s.

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

Minneapolis Bars Then and Now

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 31, 2017
Nib's Bar

Gratuitously stealing the title from one of our favorite Minnesota history books, Twin Cities Then and Now by Larry Millet, Item of the Day presents an occasional series, Minneapolis Bars Then and (sometimes) Now.

This photograph shows Nib’s Bar at 3500 Cedar Ave in 1953. This location is still a bar, and a famous one at that … Matt’s Bar and Grill, home of the Jucy Lucy!

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

Army Motorcycle

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 28, 2017
Army motorcycle 1940

This is a  photograph of a US Army motorcycle rider and mechanic working on a bike in June, 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 here.

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

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Summit Keg Cap

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 27, 2017

A green plastic beer keg cap produced by Summit Brewing Company of Saint Paul, Minnesota, for their Extra Pale Ale, circa 1986.

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

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Gaytee Glass

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 26, 2017
Gaytee Stained Glass sample

A small rectangular polychromatic glass sample used by Gaytee Stained Glass Studios of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Probably from the 1960s.

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

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Stereoview of Limestone Quarry

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 25, 2017
Stereoview of Limestone Quarry

A stereoview photograph of a limestone quarry somewhere outside Red Wing, Minnesota in the 1880s.

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

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