Odd, obscure, historic, humorous, random and/or relevant items from the archives of the Duluth News Tribune. Duluth News Tribune and Herald file photos are copyright Duluth News Tribune; direct questions to akrueger(at)duluthnews.com.
This photo, which dates to about 1930, shows the corner of Superior Street and Lake Avenue in downtown Duluth; it’s looking east up Superior Street.
At far right in the Freimuth’s Department Store building, and the dominant facade across Lake Avenue belongs to the Bradley Building. Next door to the Bradley Building is a building that, in this photo, appears to be home to the Boston Piano Co. (see close-up below). It appears to be the same structure that housed the Famous Clothing Co. for many years, and which survives today as the home of the Electric Fetus music store.
Here are some zoomed-in views of the store signs (click on the photos for a larger view):
I’m basing the date for this photo (there’s no caption information) mostly on the movie playing at the Strand Theater, next door to Boston Piano Co. It’s “The Other Tomorrow” starring Billie Dove, which Internet sources say was released in 1930. Certainly the cars must give some clue to the date, too, but that’s not an area of expertise for me.
And one other thing I noted…
A former home of the News Tribune (then apparently known as the “T.N.T.” as opposed to the “DNT”), in a building that still stands today, in renovated form, as part of the Wieland Block development.
Spot anything else interesting in these images? Share your memories and stories by posting a comment.
Marti Wise of Maryland sent us this great old photo of a hockey team from Duluth’s West End, seeking information about the team and the players (click on the picture for a larger view):
The first uniformed player on the left in the back row is Edward Olson, Marti’s husband’s grandfather. The second uniformed player from the right in the back row is Reuben Olson, Edward’s older brother. Marti said the photo probably dates to the 1920s, and no later than 1931.
The question now is, does anyone recognize anyone else in the photo? Can you provide any other details about the venue (Curling Club? Amphitheater?) or what game they may have won to earn that trophy?
Post a comment if you have more information, or send me an e-mail at akrueger(@)duluthnews.com.
And if you have any interesting old photos from Duluth, Superior or the surrounding area – whether you’re looking for information or not – send them my way; I’d be happy to share them with the community on this blog.
News Tribune reader Robert Johnsted Sr. sent us this picture a few years back for the old Then & Now column (he said we could keep it). It shows the view from the top of the Duluth Incline in February 1936. The incline railway at Seventh Avenue West, and closed just a few years after this picture was taken, in 1939.
You can read a lot more about the incline – and see many more great photos – at this site.
Sunday’s News Tribune features a story looking back at the history of Duluth Central High School, which will close this year after nearly 120 years of classes and memories at two locations.
The first Central opened in 1892 in the downtown building now known as Old Central High School, with its landmark clock tower. In 1971, Central students moved up the hill to the present location, with one of the best views in town.
Central High School has been featured a few times in the Attic; here are some of those posts:
Here is a gallery of more Central High School photos not previously featured in the Attic; click on the photos for a larger version….
An undated photo of a classroom at Old Central High School in Duluth. (News-Tribune file photo)
Marilyn Fawcett takes trays of chicken out of the ovens in the Central High School kitchen on May 9, 1985. (Jack Rendulich / News-Tribune)
“New” Central High School atop the hill in Duluth is seen from the top of the bell tower at Old Central High School in July 1971, a couple months before the new school opened. (News-Tribune file photo)
Auditorium under construction at “new” Central High School, Jan. 24, 1971. (Earl Johnson / News-Tribune)
LaGanda Nichols, Terri Hall and Sara Clark in a home economics class at Duluth Central High School on March 5, 1980. (Joey McLeister / News-Tribune)
This photo from the News Tribune files shows Central High School under construction – though nearly complete, circa 1891. Crews working on the brick and stone of the tower are spread across the grounds in front of the school. (News-Tribune file photo)
Graffiti covers the walls and windows inside the bell tower at Duluth’s Old Central High School in March 1968. (News-Tribune file photo)
The graffiti-covered bell at Old Central High School in an undated photo, circa 1970. (News-Tribune file photo)
Students outside Duluth Central High School on Jan. 22, 1964. (News-Tribune file photo)
Gordy Giswold and Andy Burda, two members of the Z Squad, a group of Duluth Central High School male cheerleaders, hoot it up during a state tourney send-off pep assembly for the Central boys basketball team on March 19, 1985. (John Rott / News-Tribune)
Share your memories of Duluth Central High School by posting a comment.
A new post on my Observation Hill weather blog examines possible tornadoes that hit Duluth in 1935 and 1958 – and the topic sort of crosses over from weather to local history. If you want to read more, you can find the post here.