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Mystery Photo #49: Women and Children First

Gust Landin Photography

The back of this postcard credits Gust Landin, a photographer who operated out of 24 N. 21st. Ave. W. in Duluth’s friendly West End neighborhood, with shooting this image.

The main question here is, what’s going on in this century-old photo? Why have a bunch of ladies in dresses lined up with a row of children in front of them at what we can assume is some Duluth location? Who are they? We’ll probably never know for sure.

The only easily available info about Landin is that he advertised his business in the Duluth Herald on Feb. 1, 1912, just below the busy, prosperous, West End feature, under the header “The men who are working for a greater West End.”

Gust Landin

By the way, there is a building in that office location today, but it’s not the same one.

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