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Comment on Cabin Fever: Reconciling with -2 by Tim French

Thanks, Erika.

I am from the Mid-Atlantic. However, my wife and I lived north of Duluth for three glorious years. What you described is why we love it — and miss it. We will find a way to move back … so you don’t get all the fun for yourself!

-Tim...

Comment on Poo, of the Non-Winnie Variety by Helmut Flaag

God damned, the amount of comments on here these days is depressing. Guess it all filters into “Merica’s new found illiteracy. Does anyone give more than zero fucks?

> NO FUCKS GIVEN?

Comment on William A. Irvin on the move? by FranceneStarr

I want to wake up some November 1 and find that it has broken free and is out on the lake with its ghost crew.

Comment on William A. Irvin on the move? by Tony D.

No rumor. The answer can be found in today’s Duluth News Tribune.

Move over Irvin: Museum ship shifted to allow work

Comment on Postcard from Duluth’s Skyline Parkway by David Toshio Williams

Funny…if the Saab were red I would wonder if it was our family. We had one of those 3 cylinder models, first new car my dad bought, and there were three of us kids. But my mother had hair like that in the day and we often drove the route as reside...

Comment on Duluth Trivia Deck, January Fifteenth Edition by David Beard

I’ll check the cards for data. I threw out the box, as I own too many cards.

Comment on Duluth Trivia Deck, January Fifteenth Edition by Gina Temple-Rhodes

Can you post info about this trivia game (year published, who made it, photo, etc?). I’ve gained a new historical obsession and want to know more about this serendipitous source. Thanks!

Comment on Duluth Trivia Deck, January Fifteenth Edition by TimK

The Reserve Mining case presided by Judge Miles Lord was precedent setting case law. If you think a mining company gives a shit about water quality, I recommend reading up on the case. The more things change, the more they stay the same. If you ru...

Comment on Duluth Trivia Deck, January Fifteenth Edition by mnbeerdrinker

I grew up in Duluth in the 1960s and ’70s, and remember the water problems. The “asbestos-like” particles, as they were called in the news, were apparently from Reserve Mining taconite tailings that were dumped in the lake then. They were too sma...

Comment on Mystery Photo #60: Duluth Baby on Scale by Matthijs

I acknowledge that whether the baby is a boy or a girl can’t be determined from the photo — and it seems as though there was at least one other baby born in Duluth on Aug. 24, 1896 (Ethel P. Roff), but an at least plausible circumstantial case exi...

Comment on Fashion Wagon – Minnesota Woolen by Paul Lundgren


 
1964 print ad featuring Gordon and Sheila MacRae.

Comment on Does anyone have a copy of Grassfire’s 45 from 1970? by Wforseth

Yep, that’s me, last day of work. It was much appreciated Chris, the picture is hanging in what passes for my music room now. Hope you and your family are doing well.

Comment on Mystery Photo #60: Duluth Baby on Scale by Gina Temple-Rhodes

Wow! Impressive! I saw one reference yesterday saying it could be Fred Farmer, but just didn’t see it myself in that script.
 
Fun to imagine who the baby is, but we probably can’t assume for sure that it’s a girl; boys were dressed in dresses unt...

Comment on Does anyone have a copy of Grassfire’s 45 from 1970? by cbroughton

Thanks for the offer Jerry. It was a retirement gift for Bill Forseth and I was able to get the only copy they had from The Vinyl Cave.

He was quite surprised. I just wished I had grabbed a digital copy before framing it.

Comment on Mystery Photo #60: Duluth Baby on Scale by Matthijs

I originally thought it would be impossible to identify the baby in the photo, but if the writing on the left is indeed 5 weeks and 6 days, and the writing in the middle is Oct-4-96, we know the birthday of the baby: August 24, 1896. And if that i...

Comment on Does anyone have a copy of Grassfire’s 45 from 1970? by Jerry Edwards

Did you ever find the one you’re looking for? Which band member wanted one? Have a box full of them.

Comment on Mystery Photo #60: Duluth Baby on Scale by Paul Lundgren

This is what the uncropped scan of the photo looks like, so you can see the edges of the paper backing. I don’t have any notes on where it might have came from or went. History hording is messy.

Comment on Mystery Photo #60: Duluth Baby on Scale by hbh1

Yes, 409 Ninth Ave. E. was Fred L. Farmer’s home, according to 1895 census. His father Charles Farmer was a Duluth pioneer and conductor on the Northern Pacific RR and that was their house. In the 1896 directory, it says Fred’s a clerk (he worked ...

Comment on Mystery Photo #60: Duluth Baby on Scale by Matthijs

The address on the back of the card was interesting for me because I grew up on that block. I always thought that Portland Manor had been built by tearing down older homes in the neighborhood. However, a 1939 aerial photograph clearly shows a vaca...

Comment on Mystery Photo #60: Duluth Baby on Scale by Matthijs

On the way home from work yesterday, I showed a friend of mine the name on the back of the photo, and he was so insistent that it was “Fred L. Farmer” that he spent the rest of the evening sending me links about the man.
 
According to various sou...

Comment on Mystery Photo #60: Duluth Baby on Scale by Bridgette Baker

October 4, 1896 was a Sunday, and that baby (12 pounds would be about right for an almost 6 week old baby) could be wearing a baptismal or christening gown. Maybe this is the post-baptism celebration shindig back at the house?

Comment on Low Verses the Volcano by Helmut Flaag

Brilliant insight into the downward spiral of a society built upon cock measurements, and the complacency of watching ourselves slide off into the abyss. An infinity of asininity if you will.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I believe the Donald has some...

Comment on Mystery Photo #60: Duluth Baby on Scale by Gina Temple-Rhodes

What is the paper backing that the wording is written on? Where did you find it? I read it as “Gel A “96” (like a photographer’s note).
 
“In 1884 George Eastman developed a method of developing dry gel on paper, replacing the need for bulky photo...

Comment on Mystery Photo #60: Duluth Baby on Scale by maestro710

I think it’s actually 5 weeks. It looks like the “K” in “WK” has been split. I think I’ve been reading too many census records lately.
 
I realize that’s not doing much to solve the mystery, though … sorry.

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Comment on Mystery Photo #60: Duluth Baby on Scale by Bridgette Baker

I know that Duluth is sometimes behind the times with fashion trends, but the woman in the background doesn’t appear to be wearing mid-twentieth century apparel.

Comment on Mystery Photo #60: Duluth Baby on Scale by Paul Lundgren


 
Angela Ponder mentioned a couple leads on Facebook. She found a similar-looking nursery scale on the Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation website that would indicate the baby above might be weighing in at about 12 lbs. Angela suggests maybe ...

Comment on New Downtown Duluth restaurant Sound opens Jan. 9 by RAH

Can’t wait to try out this new, innovative, eatery!

Comment on Superior Siren – “Tomorrow” by Jim Richardson

Laura is one of the best vocalists in the Twin Ports. Lip curl at 1:27 has me shook.

Comment on Duluth Trivia (January) by Gina Temple-Rhodes

So … why does the David Ouse piece about Banning not mention her North Carolina home and connections, when Wikipedia hardly mentions her Duluth connections? In NC, her former home is listed in the National Register of Historic Places listing her a...

Comment on Vanilla Bean expanding to Duluth; will take over Northern Waters Restaurant space by Karasu

Dang, I was hoping for Duluth Grill East. That would have been the only thing that could ease my depression from NW shutting down.

Comment on Duluth Trivia (January) by Tony D.

Twain quote is a myth. Here is something Twain actually did write about Duluth.

Re: Banning.

No brewery ever operated in Duluth for 115 years. Fitger’s officially started as the A. Fitger & Co. Lake Superior Brewery in 1885 and closed in September...