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The Minnesota Historical Society preserves and makes available a wide range of materials chronicling Minnesota's history and culture. The goals of the Collections Department are to collect and preserve; provide access and interpretation; and engage in education and outreach. This blog is a tool to share these stories and let people know what is happening in the department.

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Comics

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 9, 2020

This photo show a man reading "Flash Comics" in 1945.

One is never too old to enjoy comics!

Bookplate

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 8, 2020

This bookplate was used by Reuel D. Harmon; it was taken from a book acquired by bookseller Harold Kittleson of Minneapolis between 1920 - 1950.

Beaded chiffon evening dress

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 7, 2020

This dress of pale blue chiffon beaded with rows of alternating transparent ball and cylinder beads ends in spiral designs at an uneven hem. The chemise dress hangs straight from the shoulders and is sleeveless with a scoop neckline. 
It was worn in Minneapolis in the 1920s, and sure looks like it.

Northfield

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 6, 2020

This map is of Northfield in Rice County, created when Minnesota was still a territory in 1855. The cartographer is Caleb Iddings.

The New Nicollet Hotel

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 3, 2020

Still trying to embrace the new year and remember to write 2020 on things!
This postcard shows the lobby of The New Nicollet Hotel in Minneapolis, 1928. Pretty fancy!

S. S. Resolute

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 2, 2020

It's a new year, and so thoughts turn to resolutions. 
This is the closest related thing to be found in our postcard collection: a postcard of the S.S. Resolute on Lake of the Woods in 1960.

Happy New Year's Day!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 1, 2020

This New Year's card was illustrated and signed by Vernon V. Green. The illustration shows Father Time, holding an hourglass and scythe and dressed in a robe marked "1936," turning away from Baby New Year, who sits on a throne and wears a crown marked "1937."

Happy New Year's Eve!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 31, 2019

Balloons! It must be a party!
This photograph shows revelers on the Prom Ballroom dance floor on New Year's Eve, St. Paul, 1964.

Happy Hanukkah!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 30, 2019

This photo shows Rabbi Harry S. Margolis lighting the last candle of Hanukkah at Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul, 1943.

Skating!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 27, 2019

This photo from 1925 shows Oak Hall students skating in Saint Paul. 
Hope you get to enjoy some outdoor winter activities too!

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