Columbia and The Propagandas

Long before Uncle Sam started pointing his boney old finger at all of America’s young men, his little sister Columbia used to show up in all sorts of propaganda. Way back in the 1700’s Columbia rose up out of the Atlantic mists. She carried a sharp sword, Her corsets and swirling skirts were striped and…

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Toro! Toro!

Founded on July 10, 1914, the Toro Motor Company provided engines for the Bull Tractor Company of Minneapolis. The name “Toro” was chosen due to the company’s association with Bull, one of the early leaders in the tractor field . After Bull Tractor folded due to competition from Ford’s tractor division, Toro changed gears and…

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Lost Minneapolis – Skid Row 1959

I visited the Hennepin History Museum in Minneapolis recently for a lecture on the Architecture of the 1920’s. I got to the museum early and was intrigued by the Skid Row exhibit.  I looked at all the old photos and quickly realized that there is hardly a trace left of this portion of what was…

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A Minneapolis Cinderella

Born in 1918, Hilda Moses grew up in Minneapolis. The eldest of 13 kids, she walked from her family home at 908 Emerson Avenue North to Sumner and Grant Elementary Schools. She was confirmed at the Basilica of Saint Mary and graduated from St. Margaret’s academy. She got her early dramatic experience at the University…

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Movie Nites

The Uptown opened as the Lagoon Theater in 1913.  After new sound equipment was installed, the theater’s name was  changed on  April 11, 1929. The Uptown was  rebuilt and redesigned by the architectural  firm of Liebenberg and  Kaplan after a fire tore through the building in 1939. The theater was closed briefly in 1975 but…

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