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Color portraits of Betty Crocker, 1936–1981.

Betty Crocker through the years

Portraits of Betty Crocker, 1936–1981. Photograph by the Cartwheel Company.

MN90: WCCO - How Betty Crocker Became a Good Neighbor

WCCO Radio has been around for decades, but the station has changed a lot since its start. MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel explains.

MN90: The Invention of Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker has it all. She’s wholesome, pretty, and bakes a “perfect cake every time.” Pretty impressive for a woman who doesn’t actually exist. MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel finds out how Gold Medal Flour created a persona that still charms homemakers today.

Betty Crocker

For many Americans, the name Betty Crocker evokes an image of domestic perfection. From the often-reissued Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook to the iconic red spoon logo that bears her signature, Betty Crocker is one of the most recognized names in cooking. It comes as a surprise to many that “America’s First Lady of Food” is, in fact, fictional.

Smith, Alice Gustava (Sister Maris Stella) (1899–1987)

Alice Gustava Smith, better known by her students and readers as Sister Maris Stella, taught English at the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) in St. Paul for nearly fifty years. During that time she also published books of verse that built her reputation as a skilled and spiritual poet.

Construction of Southdale Mall

KSTP-TV film footage (without sound) of the 1956 construction and opening of Southdale Mall, including scenes from the mall's finished interior.

Black and white engraved portrait of Henry M. Rice, c.1860.

Engraved portrait of Henry M. Rice

Engraved portrait of Henry M. Rice, c.1860.

Black and white photograph of James J. Hill, 1902.

James J. Hill

James J. Hill, 1902. Photograph by the Pach Brothers.

Color image of the Masters Hotel in Burr Oak, Iowa, 2009.

Masters Hotel

The Masters Hotel in Burr Oak, Iowa. Photographed on December 6, 2009 by Wikimedia Commons user Jonathunder.

Black and white photograph of trader Andrew Myrick, c.1860.

Trader Andrew Myrick

Trader Andrew Myrick, c.1860.

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