Picturing Lake Minnetonka: A Postcard History

Picturing Lake Minnetonka: A Postcard History

by James W. Ogland

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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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Minnesota Historical Society Press
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11.25(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.60(d)

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