Picturing Lake Minnetonka: A Postcard History

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"James W. Ogland's Picturing Lake Minnetonka: A Postcard History is a chronicle of the changes the lake underwent from its days in the 1860s, when it was still a fishing spot and secret hideaway, to the 1880s when James J. Hill's grand hotels, railroads, and palace steamers dominated the lake, to the turn of the century when the Big Island Amusement Park and the Twin Cities Rapid Transit's express boats and streetcar lines pointed the way to a new era. Ogland captures the bustle and excitement of this time through daguerreotypes, ...
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Overview

"James W. Ogland's Picturing Lake Minnetonka: A Postcard History is a chronicle of the changes the lake underwent from its days in the 1860s, when it was still a fishing spot and secret hideaway, to the 1880s when James J. Hill's grand hotels, railroads, and palace steamers dominated the lake, to the turn of the century when the Big Island Amusement Park and the Twin Cities Rapid Transit's express boats and streetcar lines pointed the way to a new era. Ogland captures the bustle and excitement of this time through daguerreotypes, cartes-de-visite, stereo views, view cards, and the hand-tinted postcards of the day." At the height of the postcard craze, each hotel on Lake Minnetonka, large and small, offered views of their grand architecture, their beachfront, or their packed porches and dining rooms. Summer tourists eager to show off their newfound wealth and leisure sent thousands of postcards to relatives, sweethearts, friends, and acquaintances. These views tell us a great deal about what the ideal vacation looked like to turn-of-the-century visitors to the lake.
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In the Dakota tongue Minnetonka means "big waters," and there's no doubt that Minnesota's largest lake lives up to its name. From its early days as an Native American outpost and local fishing hideaway, to its 1880s grand hotel heydays, to its recent, heartwarming renaissance, Minnetonka brims with history. For this wondrous pictorial tribute, Wayzata resident James W. Ogland has utilized daguerreotypes, cartes de visite, stereoviews, view cards, and postcards (including some hand-tinted beauties.) One early travel manual boasted that "The long luxurious porches with their easy chairs and entrancing views cast a Circes' spell over time." Now time returns the favor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873514026
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 818,827
  • Product dimensions: 11.25 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1
Preface 2
Introduction 4
Ch. 1 Making Pictures, 1860-1880 12
Ch. 2 High Style in Stereo, 1880-1900 42
Ch. 3 Picture Postcards, 1900-1920 78
Epilogue Raising the Minnehaha 116
Lake Minnetonka Steamboats 128
Glossary of Place Names 132
Chronology of Lake Minnetonka 134
Works Cited 135
Notes 136
Index 137
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