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Book Cover: Entrance to East High School, Spring 1963

The setting for this fictional book is Duluth. The main characters attended East High School. The author grew up on Arrowhead Road.

A thoroughly Duluth-centric book. Read a sample at Amazon. The download version is 99 cents.

Be forewarned; this isn’t another high school reunion puff-piece.

Duluth Shipping Canal in 1899

This photo from Detroit Publishing Company shows the view looking west from the end of the south pier of Duluth’s shipping canal before there was an Aerial Bridge. William Henry Jackson is credited as the photographer.

The Library of Congress dates the image as “between 1890 and 1910,” but research by Mark Ryan for the story “W. H. Jackson’s Photographs of Duluth” for Zenith City Press puts the time of Jackson’s visit to Duluth as the summer of 1899.

Postcard from Two Harbors, where the trout bite

Sure, it’s a cute little piece of art, but the verse on the backside of this undated postcard puts it over the top.

Duluth Trivia Deck Sampler #16

So here is another of the cards from the Duluth Trivia game. I’m hoping that Tony Dierckins might correct any egregious errors. Anyone interested in Duluth history needs to visit his site at Zenith City Press.

WDIO-TV Personalities Circa Early 1970s

Dennis Anderson, anchor
Bill Stefl, sports
Jack McKenna, weather
Jim Schwinn

Duluth Trivia Deck Sampler #15

Ah hah! Here is maybe a better way to share the cards from the Duluth Trivia game I bought at Savers. I destroyed all the bits that were not Duluth-centric, and I am destroying the cards as I use them here. I own waaaay too much stuff.

Postcard from West Superior Street

This undated postcard from Zenith Interstate News Company has a very 1960s look to it. The image shows businesses and traffic on the 400 block of West Superior Street in Downtown Duluth, looking northeast.

Northern Cold Storage & Warehouse Co.

Northern Cold Storage & Warehouse Co. was located in Duluth’s waterfront warehouse district from about 1907 to 1968. The photo above is credited to Hugh McKenzie circa 1935.

Mystery Photo #96: Unknown Building

This image landed in Perfect Duluth Day’s files under “unknown building.” Anyone recognize it?

Postcard from Paul Bunyan Bar & Grill

This undated postcard, published by Kaeser & Blair of Cincinnati, Ohio, depicts interior and exterior scenes at the Paul Bunyan Bar & Grill in Downtown Duluth.

Sinclair Lewis / John G. Williams House

Cade Imaging of Maplewood provides this short, sweeping aerial video of the Duluth mansion best known as the home of Nobel-prize winning writer Sinclair Lewis during the 1940s.

Mystery Photo #95: Mr. Earl Askew

A recurring source of confusion in the Mystery Photo series is whether particular images that share the stamp of the Post Card Shop in Minneapolis and the Penny Arcade in Duluth were shot in Minneapolis or Duluth. Here is another such image.

The Slice: Davidson Windmill

The Davidson Windmill is in Lakeside, Wis., about 20 miles southeast of Duluth and six miles east of Superior on Wisconsin Highway 13. It was built between 1900 and 1904 by Jacob Davidson on his 80-acre homestead. The mill operated until 1926. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and donated to the Old-Brule Heritage Society in 2001.

Postcards from Lincoln Park

A random collection of postcards depicting Lincoln Park in Duluth’s friendly West End neighborhood.

Class Photos from Duluth’s Bryant Elementary School

Bryant School was built in 1894 at 3102 W. Third St. in Duluth’s friendly West End neighborhood, the present-day location of Cummins Sales and Service. Hugh McKenzie shot the photo above, which is loosely dated by UMD’s Kathryn A. Martin Library Archives & Special Collections as “1914?”

Assembled below is a small collection of class photos from the school, which closed in the 1970s.