Black and white aerial photograph of the Hormel Packing Company and surrounding area in Austin, Minnesota, 1972.

Hormel Packing Company

Aerial photograph of the Hormel Packing Company and surrounding area in Austin, Minnesota, 1972. Photograph by Vincent H. Mart.

Black and white photograph of the interior of the Woolworth's store at Southdale shopping center on opening day in 1956.

F.W. Woolworth store, Southdale

The interior of the Woolworth's store at Southdale shopping center on opening day in 1956. The image speaks to the importance of consumption and retail in the twentieth century business landscape. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

Black and white photograph of shoppers inside St. Paul's Credjafawn Co-op at 678 Rondo Avenue c.1950.

Credjafawn Co-op, St. Paul

Shoppers inside St. Paul's Credjafawn Co-op at 678 Rondo Avenue c.1950.

Photograph postcard depicting a shipment of butter produced by Farmers Cooperative Creamery in Milaca, c.1915.

Shipping butter to the eastern markets, Farmers Cooperative Creamery, Milaca

Photograph postcard depicting a shipment of butter produced by Farmers Cooperative Creamery in Milaca, c.1915. Minnesota farmers expected to produce goods for a market, and came to use cooperatives like this one to control the prices they received for their goods. Photograph by O. L. Palmquist.

Color image of a rimmed miner's helmet worn by Adam Shapic circa 1910-1930s

Iron miner's helmet

Rimmed miner's helmet worn by Adam Shapic circa 1910–1930s. Shapic worked in iron mines near Virginia, Minnesota, until he was injured in a mining accident that left him paralyzed.

Color postcard depicting machinery at work stripping overburden for ore on the Mesabi Iron Range c.1905.

Stripping overburden for ore, Mesabi Iron Range

Machinery at work stripping overburden for ore on the Mesabi Iron Range c.1905.

One-sheet poster advertising the Washburn Mills in Minneapolis, 1889.

Washburn Mill Company advertisement

One-sheet poster advertising the Washburn Mills in Minneapolis. It highlights the importance of mechanization, local wheat and water power, and global ambition to the firm. Included in the 1889 carnival edition of the St. Paul Dispatch.

Engraving of a bonanza farm, 1879.

Red River bonanza farm

Engraving of a bonanza farm printed in the November 1, 1879 edition of the Independent Farmer and Fireside Companion (page 174). The image celebrates the commercial possibilities of large-scale, mechanized, and systematized wheat farming in the Red River Valley.

Black and white photograph of a cluster of Minneapolis sawmills, c.1865.

Log flumes and West Side sawmills, Minneapolis

Cluster of Minneapolis sawmills, c.1865.

Color image of woman's white ermine tippet and muff set made c.1840.

Fur accessories associated with the American Fur Company

Woman's white ermine tippet and muff set made c.1840 from pelts collected by traders working for the American Fur Company. Worn by Sarah Alexandrine Sibley, sister of American Fur Company agent Henry Sibley, during an 1840 visit to Washington, DC.

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