Meet the Motorettes
With male streetcar drivers called up for World War II, Twin City Rapid Transit turned to women to fill the jobs. The title motorman was inappropriate, so the term motorette was coined.
A few motorette images from the Minneapolis Historic Photo Database:
Streetcar driver Dona Turbes, January 18, 1945.
Motorettes Jeanette Johnson and Adeline Lundquist.
(via Pigeons in bras go to war - O Say Can You See?)
This summer, one of our former interns completed an internship at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. In her archives digging, she came across materials on WWII carrier pigeon vests designed and manufactured by the brassiere company, Maidenform.
Discover more interesting facts about the war in the Hennepin County Library’s Kittleson World War II Collection.
The Mushroom Club
"The Mushroom Club, as it is colloquially called, is incorporated under the name of the Mycological Society of Minnesota. Its purpose is to add to the available food supply through a study of the fungus growths of the state…The society meets every Monday”
- Minneapolis Tribune, June 23, 1915
The Mushroom Club is pictured here in 1936 at the Walker Branch Library, seated around a table of mushrooms, surrounded by display cases filled with stuffed birds.
The Washburn Library is conveniently located near the Minnehaha Creek bike path. My favorite feature of this branch are the study nooks in non-fiction that overlook the creek. There also is a community puzzle table. I attempted to contribute a piece, but puzzles with giant trees are impossible. Fun Fact: They have a closet full of 60 puzzles in their workroom. I wonder if puzzles circulate in some libraries? Either way, great community activity for all ages.
Washburn Library was built in a “book-hungry” area of Minneapolis in 1970. It had 14,451 square feet of space and a collection of 18,000 books, but soon after it opened it put out a call to other Minneapolis Public libraries for more books. Washburn broke Minneapolis branch circulation records the first full year it was open, circulating 273,000 books in 1971. The opening of Washburn corrected the situation of not having a library branch from 38th street to the southern city limits between the lakes of Nokomis and Harriet. (from Library Book by Bruce Weir Benidt).
Juvenile Delinquencies, Halloween 1933-1934
This map, produced by the Board of Park Commissioners, shows juvenile delinquency incidents on Halloween night, including police calls, public parties, and private parties.
View the full map in greater detail. And check out more of our digitized maps at the Minnesota Digital Library.