MN90: The Product That Stuck Around

When 3M initially developed the adhesive for Post-It notes, they weren’t sure what to do with it. Why would any one want a product that stuck only temporarily? MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel finds out the secret behind one of this Minnesota company’s most successful products.

Fergus Falls Fire Department fire engine

Fergus Falls Fire Department fire engine

Fergus Falls Fire Department fire engine, ca. 1908.

Lintonite

Lintonite

Lintonite samples. Images used courtesy of the History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester.

Thomsonite-lintonite

Thomsonite-lintonite

A thomsonite-lintonite nodule from Grand Marais, Minnesota. From the Richard Hauck collection. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user Robert M. Lavinsky before March 2010, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Lintonite

Lintonite

Lintonite within a waterworn anorthosite pebble from the north shore of Minnesota. University of Minnesota Mineral Collection. Photo by Joshua Feinberg.

Rochester Training School of Nursing, class of 1901

Rochester Training School of Nursing, class of 1901

Rochester Training School of Nursing, class of 1901. Dr. Laura Linton is seated in the third row, at center. Image used courtesy of the History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester.

Students from Rochester Training School of Nursing

Students from Rochester Training School of Nursing

Students from Rochester Training School of Nursing, 1905. Dr. Laura Linton is standing in the back row, at center. Image used courtesy of the History Center of Olmsted County.

Laura Linton at Rochester State Hospital

Laura Linton at Rochester State Hospital

Laura Linton performs surgery in an operating room at Rochester State Hospital, ca. 1900–1910. Photo shared by ancestry.com user Tom Rasmussen on November 22, 2014. Public domain.

 Laura Linton and family

Laura Linton and family

Laura Linton with members of her family. Pictured are (left to right): Christiana Linton (Laura’s mother), Laura Phelps (Laura niece), Sarah Linton Phelps (Laura’s sister, who was also a physician), Isabella Phelps (Sarah’s daughter), and Laura Linton. Photo shared by ancestry.com user ljohnson0189 on March 16, 2021. Public domain.

Laura Linton

Laura Linton

Laura Linton, ca. 1893. From A Woman of the Century (Buffalo, NY: Moulton, 1893), 464. Public domain.

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