Postcard from the Duluth Folk Festival

This postcard, published by Gallagher’s Studio of Photography, shows a typical scene from the Duluth International Folk Festival at Leif Erikson Park. The postcard was mailed 60 years ago today — Aug. 6, 1962 — by someone named Sara who mentions attending the festival in her message on the back of the card.

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Brown of Pittsburg, Kan., were the recipients of the card. The message on the back reads:

We were so lucky to be here for this. Because of uncertain weather it was held in the Armory. We particularly enjoyed the food for sale. For lunch we had bread, rolls and cookies by Swedish, Serbian, Greek, Scotch. We have also been to the home of the Scotts — on the lake. We saw 5 big boats go past there. Wish you could be here, too. Love from Mother and me. — Sara

The caption on the card reads:

This colorful festival is held on the first Saturday in August in beautiful Leif Erikson Park on the shore of Lake Superior.

The last Duluth Folk Fest was held in 2007 at Bayfront Park. In its final three years it was called the Duluth Festival of Cultures.

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