MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 11/21

Offering my two cents, as a Redwood County native, on The Great Grape Salad Controversy

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

NOW THAT THE LUTHERANS and my native Redwood County, MN., have been drawn into the New York Times Great Grape Salad Controversy, I feel obliged to also join the discussion.

Transportation emojis: an objective analysis

from streets.mn by Nick Magrino

This chart should give you pause — streetcars, for example, only represent 2.7% of transportation-related emojis, but they are a far larger portion of our day to day transportation-related conversation. In fact, an astute observer will notice that, while there are four emojis under the “Bus (incl. electric trolley)” category, there are only two actual buses. Two buses and two streetcars? Are they equal? What are the emojis telling us?

Think small gov’t MN House GOP can fix MN transportation needs?

from mnpACT! Progressive Political Blog by Dave Mindeman

So what happens? The MN GOP House needs to reward greater Minnesota for the faith placed in them. Roads and bridges? Yes. High priority? Yes. But it would seem that it needs to be done without taxes or new revenue. At least that is what they keep telling us. 

John Lind, Minnesota’s only Populist governor

from A Prairie Populist by Joshua Preston

Although limited in what he could accomplish, facing a Republican-controlled legislature, in Lind the Progressive Era officially began in Minnesota. The changing landscape of the state as it neared the twentieth century brought to light the economic and social tensions of the Industrial Revolution (the same tensions that inspired the Populist movement). 

New treasures: The shaving mug

from Squeaky Green Machine by Heidi Van Heel

I quickly learned from this research that what I had was not a moustache cup but was actually a shaving mug. During the years when straight razors were used for shaving, most men owned shaving mugs. Because many men were typically shaved at a barber shop, they would leave their mugs there. In order to make their mug easily identifiable from the other mugs in the barber shop, they quickly became personalized; the period between 1880 and 1920 became the peak for what are considered “occupational shaving mugs.” Some men had hand-customized shaving mugs imported from France and Germany that they purchased through their barbers, but others took advantage of the generic styles that could be purchased through local stores or the Sears catalog.

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