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Pearl Harbor

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

Today is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. 
This button, encouraging remembrance, is undated but clearly made before 1989, when it was donated.

Minnesota Party Tape

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | December 4, 2020

Did you happen to pick up on our theme this week - recorded music? No worries if not; you still get to see one of the treasures of the MNHS audio collection today, the Minnesota Party Tape!
It is a recording of Bob Dylan singing and playing the guitar with a group of his friends in Dinkytown. It was recorded by Cleve Pettersen at an apartment (possibly rented by Hugh Brown) on 15th Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis in the fall of 1960. Pettersen used a Realistic reel-reel tape recorder and Realistic tape stock.

 

Record Club Card

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

This is both a business and buyer loyalty card for the Young at Heart Record Club. The Young at Heart record store was located in Duluth until it closed in 1999.

Record Hat

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

Tape Recorder

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

This reel-to-reel tape recorder was created by Viking of Minneapolis in the mid-1950s. It was used in Preston, Minnesota.

Pillsbury Record

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 30, 2020

This 10-inch vinyl musical recording features Patti Page, a pop and country music star, circa 1960. It is of interest to us as it was manufactured for the Pillsbury Company of Minneapolis as part of their Collector's Series.

 

Lucky Dogs!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 27, 2020

Turkeys

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for all of you.
We've seen turkeys both in the wild and in the urban center, but we've never seen a turkey fly like this!
This watercolor was painted by Roger Preuss, but is undated.

Roasting pan

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 25, 2020

Biscuits!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 24, 2020

Who's making biscuits this week? Who's using lard?
This biscuit recipe card is circa 1900. Ingredients (in addition to lard) include Dr. Sherman's Baking Powder and Milwaukee Belle Flour.

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