Usually with the “Mystery Photos” series we know very little about the featured image at the start and learn a variety of details after publishing it. In this case we know a lot going in, but one detail is missing.
We know the exact date of this photo, the photography studio that captured the image, and even have a list of names of the ladies in the photo. The title of the image is “Lakeside Reunion,” but what we don’t know is what it’s a reunion of.
Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood has never had an all-girl school … at least that we are aware of. And the women in the photo seem to vary in age enough that they must have been either part of a club or employed in a female-dominated vocation, rather than being classmates.
Our best guess is this is a reunion of telephone operators, but at this point that is just a guess.
March 24, 1961
Photo by Gallagher’s Studio
Jo Ann Ferizzi
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