Picturing Lake Minnetonka: A Postcard History

Picturing Lake Minnetonka: A Postcard History

by James W. Ogland
     
 

"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… See more details below

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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, 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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ISBN-13:
9780873514026
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
11.25(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.60(d)

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