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Comment on Searching for Oreck by Steve

Paul and Gina, thank you very much for the info. Even though Louis’ store wasn’t connected to the other Oreck stores we were all related having come from Russia by way of Ellis Island and the name was changed from Oreckovsky to Oreck for business ...

Comment on North Country Trail in Wisconsin: Town of Summit by Bill Nash

While “army worms” weren’t rising to the level of pests on this hike, the absence of a roadkill skunk to transfer flies left me walking the rural highway slapping myself on the back of the head like a mentally disturbed person enraged about his ow...

Comment on A Day in Duluth Can be a Lifetime by FranceneStarr

Beautiful. You and your wife are fortunate, but you know that.

Comment on My love affair with Tischer Creek continues by hansel

Tischer is one of my favorite places in the world too. Live a couple blocks away. I’ve had some very zen moments with that hike many times. The fourth picture next to the rockwall-waterfall is incredible! Nice shot. Can I buy a file or a print? Th...

Comment on Minnesota Point Lighthouse has been old for a long time by Gina Temple-Rhodes

You can still see a windowledge. This story indicates that around 1902 the top cast iron lantern section was removed; it seems odd that they didn’t just knock down the whole thing, and that it hasn’t really changed much since that time.

Comment on Minnesota Point Lighthouse has been old for a long time by Paul Lundgren

Here’s another side-by-side comparison using Rij’s photo. When I did my comparison I was kind of under the impression that another section had broke off the top in the past century, reversing the unevenness, but now I’m not so sure. I think I’m i...

Comment on References to Duluth in Popular Literature by William Salmon

from John Crowley’s “The Translator” (2009)

“What do you see, then? How far?”
“Well. Looking eastward. I see . . . What are those flames, that
orange flare?”
She closed her own eyes. “That must be Gary, or East Chicago,”
she said. “The mills, the ...

Comment on Minnesota Point Lighthouse has been old for a long time by vicarious

There are a lot of spirits roaming out there and beyond. Just saying.

Comment on Mary Bue – “The World is Your Lover” by Helmut Flaag

Or greater vicinity like Redington Pass. Hot single blonds shouldn’t walk alone out there though. Big cats have been known to ambush. Now now feminists, read the Large North American Predatory Cat Ambush Chart. Makes it very clear. Your chance of...

Comment on Selective Focus: Creating Apart by David Syring

Kudos to the Tweed, and to Dr. Devaleena Das and Dr. David Beard for this show!

The grant providing funding for this is a remarkable collaboration spearheaded by two of UMD’s hard working faculty who sought highly funding from a highly competitiv...

Comment on Mary Bue – “The World is Your Lover” by Helmut Flaag

If I had to guess I’d say video from Saguaro East Nat’l P.

My new album is actually called Mystical Hipster Chant.

Comment on Minnesota Point Lighthouse has been old for a long time by Rij

For the purpose of comparison, here’s another recent pic taken from virtually same angle.

Comment on Searching for Oreck by Gina Temple-Rhodes

Ooops, yes, you are totally correct Paul! That other link is very good, and read the comments in this one, too.

I was intrigued to find the ads for Louis Oreck’s store: a Jewish businessman selling Navajo rugs in an area populated by Ojibwe people...

Comment on Searching for Oreck by Paul Lundgren

Louis Oreck dealt in “curios.” I don’t think he was connected to Oreck’s apparel store, even though he was doing business in Duluth when that store opened.

Comment on Searching for Oreck by Gina Temple-Rhodes

Garon.us has some very good images and history about the store.

Comment on Sharkgate: The Lake Superior Bull Shark Conspiracy by Matthijs

Thank you for that thorough and entertaining account. It gave a definite resolution to a question that I had related to your video. Not whether or not the shark sighting was real. The top images of your posts have a recognizable aesthetic so I was...

Comment on Postcard from Central High School in 1910 by Gina Temple-Rhodes

Note also that this photo is from before the gymnasium addition was added, up the hill, which was likely in about 1928. It’s not well documented in most places I’ve looked.

Comment on Major Concerts at the DECC: 1966 to 2010 by Paul Lundgren

Year unknown: Charlie Daniels Band and Henry Paul Band, May 18, Duluth Arena.

Comment on Sharkgate: The Lake Superior Bull Shark Conspiracy by Bill Nash

Good essay, Jim, and even better joke. I can understand slightly why some people are incensed. I have been personally embarrassed when I have fallen for something that should have been obvious, but in recent years, at least, don’t lash out at whoe...

Comment on Evidence by T. Heinonen

The first rusty relic looks like a 1950s cap pistol (maybe a Captain Automatic). I remember having one years ago, along with other western-style cap pistols. I still have an empty box that contained rolls of caps. Remembering when my brothers and ...

Comment on Postcard from Central High School in 1910 by Paul Lundgren

Some info on these pen pals via research by Mike Creger:

Henrietta Simpson was apparently writing home to her sister Nevada. They grew up in a family of five sisters and three brothers in Crookston. No telling what Henrietta was doing presumably ...

Comment on Evidence by Lithis

Found: a foot or so beneath the soil
Size: 5 by 4 by ¾ inches
Location: Upper East Central HillChestwood

What happened here in the days of yore?

Comment on Evidence by vicarious

I suppose it’s possible, but it is/was all metal, which would seem hard to make watertight.

The letters say “Star.”

Comment on Evidence by Mike Creger

Might that large lever suggest a water pistol? I see some letters there …

Comment on Selective Focus: Signs by Bill Nash

I’ve known Portia Johnson for many years. We worked in the same building for more than a decade. She is an honorable and honest person, and a respected pillar of the Duluth community. She even had a street named after her. I agree with her message...

Comment on Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum sinking by Paul Lundgren

Make it five and a half years and counting.

Comment on Sights I saw swimming less than 10 feet deep off the Lakewalk by Paul Lundgren

Of course, I’m also curious if it was manufactured locally at Diamond Tool and Horseshoe Co.

Diamond began manufacturing horseshoes in Canal Park in 1908 and then built a factory in West Duluth in 1912.

Comment on Sights I saw swimming less than 10 feet deep off the Lakewalk by Jim Richardson (aka Lake Superior Aquaman)

I wondered if the horseshoe might have been from a game played on the ice…

Comment on List of Bands that Have Played Head of the Lakes Fair in Superior by Paul Lundgren

The fair featured a “famous airplane stunt flyer” in 1920.

Caption:

One of the big feature attractions of the Tri-State fair, which will run in Superior from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, will be the airplane stunts by Lieut. Amundsen on Monday and Tuesday...

Comment on Sights I saw swimming less than 10 feet deep off the Lakewalk by Paul Lundgren

Coincidentally, “horseshoe pitching fever” hit Duluth precisely 100 years ago. The clip above is from the Aug. 24, 1920 Duluth Herald.

Comment on Sights I saw swimming less than 10 feet deep off the Lakewalk by Paul Lundgren

Will underwater horseshoes be a game in the upcoming aqualympics?

Comment on Smellscape/Hellscape: The Life of the Nose in Urban Close Quarters During a Pandemic by David Syring

Yes, those reviews are very evocative. I’ve actually never smelled Shalimar, but I want to!

I think I’d rephrase your question: Isn’t my neighbor concerned that he might be poisoning himself, his kids, and his neighbor? All I’ve done is describe m...

Comment on Mystery Photo #121: Buggy Boys by Paul Lundgren

Since there is a photo of three women in a car on Etsy that was shot at the Penny Arcade in Duluth (without a simultaneous listing of the Post Card Shop in Minneapolis) it gives us a starting point for identifying a Duluth car. But as shown below ...