Historic Photos of Duluth

LakesnWoods.com: A Guide to Minnesota Communities

Old time post cards and photos of Duluth. Cool site!

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davids

about 10 years ago

Wow! Thanks tothm! I loved looking at everyone of these postcards of this city--and I want those streetcar lines back!

The Big E

about 10 years ago

I don't want a bunch of ne'er-do-well immigrants making their way out to scenic Lakeside, so I say down with streetcars.

Was the bridge really green?

-Berv

about 10 years ago

Wow, what a goldmine!

Tony D.

about 10 years ago

Big E., the lift bridge was originally "Essex Green," a very deep, almost forest green (the aerial transfer bridge was olive green). But after the town raised a lot of money to "light" the bridge in the late 1960s, the dark green paint failed to reflect the light, and so another movement started and by 1973 the bridge had its first coat of silver paint. (A much more detailed account appears in "Crossing the Canal: An Illustrated History of Duluth's Aerial Bridge").

http://www.duluth-mn-usa.com/ is another great free site to look at all sorts of great vintage postcards and photos of Duluth. It's operated by Duluthian Jerry Paulson, whose collection supplied over half of the postcards in my "Zenith: A Postcard Perspective of Historic Duluth."

mevdev

about 10 years ago

I shed a tear for the 3rd street streetcar. Wow, that would be marvelous to have that back. Just 21st E to 27th W would be fine!

TimK

about 10 years ago

I vaguely recall (as a kid) a rather large turnout at the canal for the official lighting of the lift bridge. The sun went down, the lights came on... and everyone went home.

Tony D.

about 10 years ago

TimK, that sounds about right form what I've researched. There was the UMD marching band and a choir from CSS and John Blatnik threw the switch and then ... not much.

carrster

about 10 years ago

This is an awesome link!! Thanks!

Danimal

about 10 years ago

I won't be needing to search for computer background images for a while now! Thanks!

The Big E

about 10 years ago

Interesting, Tony.  Hadn't run across that so vividly in any other postcards, and of course the b&w photo record obscures a lot of interesting things.  [Like, for instance, what color was this?]

adam

about 10 years ago

Naval camouflage was generally black& white or light grey and dark grey.

The Big E

about 10 years ago

That resource focuses on the Second World War (I was interested to see that apparently most of the carrier force was painted all-over "Deck Blue" by 1944, which I hadn't known).  The MNHS photo was from the First though, the heyday of the "dazzle" scheme, which could be quite a bit more colorful.

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