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Apple Pie Display

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 23, 2019

This apple pie display was captured by Norton & Peel in 1949.
And twenty cents for a piece! I realize that was awhile ago but still, what a bargain!

Nuns Making Preserves

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 22, 2019

It is the glory time of year for apples!
This painting is titled "Nuns Making Preserves." It is an oil on canvas by Francois Bonvin, circa 1878, as depicts a group of nuns, three of whom are sitting at a table peeling apples.
I wonder how many apples they had to do each?

Apple Pie Making

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 21, 2019

It is the glory time of year for apples!
This photo from Norton & Peel shows a woman making an apple pie in 1949. 
Apple pie is my favorite; how about you?

Children in pumpkin field

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 18, 2019

Do you have your pumpkins yet?
These happy children seem to have found theirs! This photograph was taken in 1940.

Bizarre 19th Century Advertisement

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 17, 2019

This card shows an elderly woman combing an unhappy young girl's hair as the child grips a red ball. Surprisingly, this is an advertisement for Minneapolis Harvester Works on the front and for the Minneapolis Steel Binder and Mower on the reverse.

The market they are appealing to is unclear to me. It was created between 1887 and 1900.

Baseball jacket

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 16, 2019


Our beloved Twins may be out, but the baseball postseason keeps rolling on.
This jacket is from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, circa 2007, and displays patches from the various teams in that league.
Check out the back and matching pants at this link!
https://bit.ly/2OUNYZJ
 

Traditional Foods beaded placemat and napkin ring

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 14, 2019

This beaded placemat, birchbark napkin ring, and red napkin is titled, "Traditional Foods." Made by Terri Hom, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, who worked as an apprentice to the Native American Artist-in-Residence, Jessica Gokey. Jessica's statement about the placemat: "I was inspired by the Mille Lacs Ojibwe beaded velvet tablemat (ID Number 67.230.357) in the MHS collections and by 'Sioux Chef,' Sean Sherman's use of traditional foods in his cooking. Terri's statement about the birchbark beaded napkin ring: "I was inspired by Rita Walaszek, MHS Collections Assistant and the Ojibwe large beaded napkin rings (ID Number 8890.23.1,2) in the MHS collections."

Lake Superior

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 11, 2019

This oil painting is simply titled "Lake Superior." It was created by Orlando Lagman in 1885. 

Ojibwe carved wooden ladle

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 10, 2019

This carved wooden spoon was collected by Frances Densmore at the Grand Portage Reservation, Minnesota. The date "May 1927" is carved on the stem, just above the bowl of the spoon.

This spoon was used specifically for removing fish from hot oil or grease.

Passenger steamer leaving Duluth-Superior Harbor, 1935

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 9, 2019

This postcard shows a passenger steamer leaving Duluth-Superior Harbor in 1935.

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