Postcard from Duluth’s Shipping District

This postcard was mailed 110 years ago today — Dec. 26, 1911. John Sisco of Scottsdale, Penn. was the recipient.

Not much is recognizable in this view of the western downtown area and waterfront. The steeple of Sacred Heart Cathedral still stands today at Sacred Heart Music Center. The Board of Trade Building is now Board of Trade Lofts. What other structures in this postcard have stood the test of time?

The message on the back of the card reads:

Dear Friend,
This is an answer to your card, not as soon as you expected, but I was too busy and am getting so many cards that I can’t answer for the second time. Wish you a happy New Year.
Miss F. Koeckeritz


Mark Nicklawske

about 2 years ago

I don't think that's the existing Sacred Heart steeple - there's no cross on the top and the base looks different. Maybe it's the early Sacred Heart church building that burned in 1892? (Image by Jan Stewart)

Paul Lundgren

about 2 years ago

They do look a little different, but keep in mind that postcard illustrators are known to alter details.

It's pretty tricky to get Goolge Maps to line up with the old postcard image, but I gave it a shot. This probably doesn't help us much.

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