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.
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.
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 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.
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.