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  1. Temple Opera Block Building … 3rd floor.

    Claire | Dec 19, 2013 | New Comment
  2. Nope.

    Paul Lundgren | Dec 19, 2013 | New Comment
  3. Old Central High School?

    Swan | Dec 19, 2013 | New Comment
  4. I am gonna go with swan on this one.

    The old Oquendo cannon. Too bad it was sold for scrap.

    Dorkus | Dec 19, 2013 | New Comment
  5. Swan got it. I actually don’t know much about what is going on in the photo, other than obviously someone was playing Superman in about 1940.

    Paul Lundgren | Dec 19, 2013 | New Comment
  6. My mother graduated from Central in 1942. I have pictures of him in her scrapbook. I’ll look for it and post any info or additional photos if I can find them.

    Les L | Dec 19, 2013 | New Comment
  7. Here is another photo. No date on back, but it was with a group of photos that looked like dress up day. Most were wearing costumes.

    Les L | Dec 19, 2013 | New Comment
  8. Thanks Les. I was going to guess there was some kind of Superman television series promotion going on, but these photos would predate any Superman TV show, wouldn’t it? So costume day at the school makes sense.

    Here’s one more image of “Johny Superman.”

    And here’s some info from the Historic Old Central High School website about the cannon.

    During the Spanish-American war, the ship Oquendo set sail from Cuba on July 3, 1898. Hours after its departure the Oquendo found itself aflame on a nearby beach with an American fleet claiming victory over its demise.

    The Duluth City Council asked for a memento from this event and was granted the acquisition of the ship’s cannon. There was only one catch — the city must pay for all transportation costs for the cannon. The city paid the price, and the 17-foot, 6-ton cannon was to have led a serene life near the front of Old Central. Life for the cannon was however, at times, exciting.

    There was a class of chemistry students who wanted to try their craft — and some homemade explosives — on the cannon. Needless to say, the windows that were blown out of the school were replaced, but the bill for them has long since been lost.

    The cannon was sold as scrap iron in 1942 and was melted down and used during World War II. A flag pole was erected in 1949 on the spot where the cannon stood.

    Paul Lundgren | Dec 20, 2013 | New Comment
  9. My wife reminded me what my Mother had said about the person wearing the Superman costume. “I remember he joined the service, but was killed.” I cannot verify this. I do not wish to post the rest of the remaining photos as I know most of the young ladies (at that time) and they have since passed on. Their families and relatives still reside in Duluth and I would prefer to not post those photos.

    My mother passed away in March, 2009. I can remember that photo of “Superman” in her scrapbook way back. I’m 70 now, but the memory of it is clear as a bell. I was born and raised in Duluth but left in 1972 and haven’t returned for various reasons.

    Les L | Dec 20, 2013 | New Comment

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