Black and white photograph of Donaldson’s Glass Block, 1944. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

Donaldson’s Glass Block store

Donaldson’s Glass Block, 1944. Photograph by Norton & Peel.

Black and white photograph of Donaldson’s Glass Block, c.1920. Photograph by Charles P. Gibson.

Donaldson’s Glass Block

Donaldson’s Glass Block, c.1920. Photograph by Charles P. Gibson.

Black and white photograph of Lawrence S. Donaldson at his desk, c.1920. Photograph by C.J. Hibbard.

Lawrence S. Donaldson at desk

Lawrence S. Donaldson at his desk, c.1920. Photograph by C.J. Hibbard.

Donaldson’s

Donaldson’s, also known as William Donaldson and Company and L. S. Donaldson’s, was a Minneapolis department store located on Nicollet Avenue and Sixth Street. Started by two immigrant brothers, the company grew to be one of the major retail chains in the Twin Cities, rivaling Dayton’s for much of the twentieth century.

Black and white photograph of Frederick McKinley Jones and drafting team, c.1960.

Frederick McKinley Jones and drafting team

Frederick McKinley Jones and drafting team, c.1960. Image is from the Frederick M. Jones papers, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

Black and white aerial photograph of the Thermo King Corporation campus in Bloomington as it appeared, c.1960.

Thermo King Corporation

The Thermo King Corporation campus in Bloomington as it appeared, c.1960.

Thermo King Model C

In 1939, Frederick McKinley Jones patented the world’s first successful refrigerated transportation system. At the time, he was working for the Minneapolis-based company U.S. Thermo Control. Two years later, he released an improved version, the Model C, which revolutionized the agriculture and military industries.

Color image of a suit worn by James J. Hill. Suit made by Schaub Brothers, Inc.

James J. Hill suit

Suit worn by James J. Hill. Suit made by Schaub Brothers, Inc.

Black and white photograph of James J. Hill walking down street with overcoat flapping, c.1915.

James J. Hill walking down street

James J. Hill walking down street with overcoat flapping, c.1915.

Black and white photograph of James J. Hill and Mary T. Hill, c.1915.

James J. Hill and Mary T. Hill

James J. Hill and Mary T. Hill, c.1915.

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