On Feb. 1, 2000, Duluth businessman Monnie Goldfine recorded a voiceover track for his family films, most of which he shot himself between 1939 and 1946. Perfect Duluth Day has divided the footage into three segments:
- Part one: “The Goldfines Go East” depicts a family trip to the World’s Fair
- Part two: “Duluth Parades, Ski Jumping and Coal Shipping Circa 1941” is a collection of Duluth footage
- Part three: “Goldfines in the 1940s: Picnics and Fishin’ Trips” features scenes of family and friends in Duluth or on picnics and cabin retreats in the region.
Part two mostly goes back and forth between parade footage in Downtown Duluth and ski-jumping footage. The parade footage appears to have all been shot on the 100 block of West Superior Street.
The Snyder’s Drug Store that pops up in the background occasionally is where Dubh Linn Irish Pub is today at 109 W. Superior St.
Southwest of Snyder’s was the Wahl’s department store, seen at 117 W. Superior St. Farther down the street at 203 W. Superior St. was Montgomery Ward. Monnie mentions he was shooting in front of the Glass Block store, which was at 128 W. Superior St.
0:00 – Maybe a Fourth of July parade circa 1942?
1:24 – Ski jumping in Duluth
2:17 – Another parade, with some snow
4:06 – More ski jumping
3:20 – Going through the Aerial Bridge on the steamer Hazen Butler, 1941
7:33 – Winter Carnival parade
A note: Although Monnie’s narration mentions Chester Park as the location of the ski jumping, the general consensus is that the footage was actually shot at Fond du Lac Park’s Winter Sports Center.
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