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Early postcard of Michigan Street, postmarked 1911

Rare Duluth Skyline Postcard

A rare Skyline postcard by Chester Klock, an artist who worked a very short spell at the Duluth Herald in 1942 drawing a feature cartoon called “Plumb Local.” The job was cut short when America entered World War II, and Klock moved to Wisconsin to contribute to the war effort by working for Allis-Chalmers. After the war, Klock moved to Denver where he drew cartoons for the Denver Post until 1953. He finished out his career in California.

Lost Duluth Trolley in Minneapolis

This former Duluth trolley makes frequent trips back and forth between Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. Trolleys are restored and operated by the Minnesota Transportation Museum.

Bob Dylan gives his Nobel lecture

Smithsonian Magazine: “Dylan Finally Delivers on Nobel Prize Lecture

Early Lincoln Park Postcards



A couple cards I’ve not seen before. Both are postally unused.

Bob and Joan

Bob mentions a couple of Northland towns at the beginning of their first song.

Trouble in Zenith City!


Pete Townshend knows all about Bob Dylan … kind of

Pete Townshend - Star Tribune photo

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Pete Townshend won’t get fooled again about Bob Dylan’s birthplace

Hometown Boy Makes Good

Dylan Granted France’s Highest Award

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME was written by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer in 1908. These images were shot the same year to help sell the song to the public. The singer in the video is Edward Meeker, one of Thomas Edison’s technicians. This is how they sold music (sheet music, specifically) back in the day – kind of an early form of music video. These were called illustrated songs. An “illustrator” would stand on stage and sing the song while glass slide images portraying the song’s storyline were projected on a screen. Anywhere from 12 to 16 slides were produced for a song. The last slide was usually the chorus text so audience members could sing along. In this version, I’ve enhanced the chorus with slides from other baseball songs. Illustrated songs were often part of vaudeville and early movie theater programs. Notice the giant wad of Cracker Jacks Katie Casey is enjoying. That’s how it was sold back then.

Coming soon.

Spring is just around the corner. Maybe two corners.

Aegri Somnia

For some reason YouTube now allows me to upload clips longer than 15 minutes, so I’m able to put this online without breaking it apart. I shot most of it in Duluth on some very hot summer days back in the early 1980s. The film is older than my adult kids. I’ve never been completely happy with the narration but I still like some of the images. The title translates to “a sick man’s dream.”

Stuff I like

The railroad bridge over the Lester River, and this maniac doing a flip from it. The railroad bridge was one of my favorite hang-outs as a kid.

In the Smithsonian!

Okay, it’s a Smithsonian blog but nonetheless…

Superior dinosaur

Free Tix to Singer/Songwriter Competition near Bayfield

I can’t make it, but If anybody wants them I have 2 tickets to the Singer/Songwriter Competition for Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 7:30pm at Mt. Ashwabay Ski Hill/3 miles south of Bayfield. First person who emails me at:

mark (at) amitycreek.com

with their snail mail address gets ’em. I’ll put them in tomorrow’s mail. Thanks!