Paul Lundgren Posts

Mystery Photos #105-111: Ely Studio

It’s a nearly impossible challenge to put names on people in century-old cabinet card photos, but we occasionally try nonetheless. At least in most cases we know the photographer’s name, which can lead us in all sorts of directions.

Louis Oreck: Dealer in Curios

The business card above touts the goods for sale at Louis Oreck’s Curios store in Downtown Duluth circa the 1910s: souvenirs, American Indian crafts and mineral specimens.

Duluth Book Releases in 2020

Village of Scoundrels
Margi Preus
Feb. 25
Harry N. Abrams
Available at IndieBound

The Littlest Voyageur
Written by Margi Preus
Illustrated by Cheryl Pilgrim
March 24
Margaret Ferguson Books
Available at IndieBound

Holding Ground
Melanie Hallstein
April 9
Available at Amazon

Duluth You & Me: William A. Irvin

Use the link below for a printable PDF for your drawing and coloring pleasure.
Duluth You & Me: William A. Irvin

Follow the Duluth You & Me subject tag to see additional pages. For background on the book see the original post on the topic.

Monthly Grovel: May 2020 Edition

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The PDD Calendar continues to soldier on through the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping you informed about virtual events and things that might or might not happen in the fuzzy future.

Once a month we reach out with a beggarly blog post to remind everyone that human beings and not machines are at work editing and publishing calendar events on Perfect Duluth Day. So if you appreciate it, drop a few bucks in the PayPal account, yo.

Postcard from Mesabi Open Pit Iron Mine in Virginia

This undated postcard shows scenes from the Mesabi Iron Range, the largest of four iron ranges in northeast Minnesota. The card uses a spelling more often associated with a roadway in Duluth — Mesaba Avenue.

Duluth You & Me: Grain Elevators

Use the link below for a printable PDF for your drawing and coloring pleasure.
Duluth You & Me: Grain Elevators

Follow the Duluth You & Me subject tag to see additional pages. For background on the book see the original post on the topic.

Al Trace and the Revelers – “Duluth M-I-double-N”

Here’s a little track for everyone who wants “to be where the winds blow free” — Duluth.

The PDD Video Lab has joined this scratchy old 10-inch record with Duluth images circa the mid-to-late 1940s via Minnesota Reflections, the database of digitized materials from the Northeastern Minnesota Historical Collections and other cultural heritage organizations across Minnesota.

The Jayhawks – “Life Floats By”

Twenty years ago today — May 9, 2000 — Twin Cities alt-rock/country band the Jayhawks released its sixth studio album, Smile. The song “Life Floats By” references Duluth at the 1:52 mark.

We hit Duluth on a jag, baby
We hit Duluth on a jag, baby
I grab my coat, my hat and my paperback
From the corner of my eyes, I see you smile

W9MMS Duluth

Nerds will explain this in the comments.

Duluth You & Me: Playfront Park

Use the link below for a printable PDF for your drawing and coloring pleasure.
Duluth You & Me: Playfront Park

Follow the Duluth You & Me subject tag to see additional pages. For background on the book see the original post on the topic.

Duluth references in Workaholics

The Comedy Central sitcom Workaholics, which ran from 2011-’17, featured two references to Duluth.

Sexy Duluth Sweatshirt from 1988

This gorgeous piece of high fashion has a copyright date of 1988 and a set of initials that must be in reference to the artist, “A.V. – A.W.” The design is likely based on a photo from the 1970s, because the Northern Drug Company building is included in the art, and that building was torn down in 1977.

Anyway, if you think the front of this sweatshirt is smoking hot, wait for it …

Audio Archive: Renegade Homegrown Radio Hour of 2007

Thirteen years ago today — May 1, 2007 — the Homegrown Music Festival partnered with Renegade Theater Company and 91.3 FM KUWS for an hour of radio sketch comedy and music. Featured here are several clips from the broadcast. The above segment is titled “Cowardly Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast.”

Postcard from Glenn Rock in Duluth

Remember when all of Duluth’s houses were pink? It was back when we all lived in the land of make-believe known as the illustrated postcard era.

So, what was “Glenn Rock”?