This uncaptioned photo shows Duluth’s Wade Stadium, probably about 1950; it opened in 1941 (history here). It was the home of the Dukes for many years, and now hosts the Duluth Huskies baseball team.
Here is a zoomed-in view of the ads on the outfield wall:
From left, they read:
- Make a hit! Start a savings account at Northern Minnesota National Bank, FDIC insured, Alworth Building
- See Capehart Television, xxxx & xxxx Stores (illegible store names), 2001 W. Superior St. / Hit the TV picture and win a Capehart
- xxxxx (illegible text), The Big Duluth, West Superior Street
- (above the scoreboard) Old Thompson Triple A Blend (whisky)
The Capehart ad is what leads me to the guess of 1950 for the date of this photo; apparently Capehart TVs were manufactured by the Capehart-Farnsworth Co. of Fort Wayne, Indiana, from the late 1940s into the 1960s.
Visible in the background of the photo is a little neighborhood that must have wiped out when Interstate 35 was pushed through:
And, also visible in the background, a little railroad trestle that still exists – the one on the left in this zoomed-in view. Today, Jenswold Street crosses underneath (I’ve always wondered about poor, forgotten Jenswold Street – it’s about a block long, and has no homes or businesses on it. It’s just a place-holder between segments of Superior and Michigan streets):
Here is one more view (and a zoomed-in version right below) of the Wade Stadium area, with Wheeler Field and Grand Avenue, too, from August 15, 1974: