Click for full image You might think Disney invented immersive amusement park rides, but he was a latecomer to the game. As trolley car services grew in cities, they looked for ways to expand ridership. One popular solution: buy land towards the end of the line, and build an amusement park. You can’t count on […]
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Jerry “Killer” Meeker, 1945.
Click for full image Professional wrestler Jerry (Killer) Meeker, from an advertisement for an appearance (with others) in Fargo, ND, 1945.
Sash-Windowed Storefront, 1890s
Caption reads, “A modern shop front, with windows fitted with sliding sashes.” The ‘sashes’ are the front two large-paned windows facing the street (the grips are visible along the bottom edge of the window). The sash is fitted with a sash-weight to counteract the enormous weight of a sheet of glass this size. The sash […]
Chivers’ Jellies Window Display, 1890s
The caption reads, A good example of high-class window dressing with a proprietary article. That proprietary article is Chivers’ Jelly, preserves from a UK company that still happens to be around — albeit now part of an international conglomeration and located in Ireland.
Travelling By Corvair
America’s only car with an airplane-type horizontal engine! America’s only car with an independent suspension at all 4 wheels! America’s only car with an air-cooled aluminum engine! This ad for Chevrolet’s Corvair from 1959 shows just how advanced the little car was — largely inspired by the Volkswagen, the Corvair put an ample air-cooled engine […]
Perry Como’s Wanted Poster
In 1954, Perry Como released “Wanted” on a 10-inch 78, with “Look Out Your Window” as the B-side; both went up in the charts quickly with Wanted hitting #1. Despite Como being in the prime of his career, RCA made sure the word got out and released this promotional flyer, perfect size for slipping in […]
The Hideout at the Comstock
This came from a 1955 Moorhead Daily News, advertising the Comstock Hotel’s Hideout Room. This appears to have been the hotel’s lounge, featuring the dulcet tones of the Hammond organ. The Comstock was located in downtown Moorhead until Urban Renewal flattened and re-drew the flood-ravaged section of downtown to build a mall- wrapped- around- city- […]
J. D. Muldowney and Bro’s Kitty Chorus
It’s sad when something doesn’t come up in Google whatsoever. J. D. Muldowney & Bro. – nothing. Neither address brings anything up. 164 Main looks like a parking lot now on Google Maps, but 373 could still be an old building. Not even the illustrator, J. H. Ives, shows up in search results. So, this […]
Lark movie theatre ad, 1970s.
The Lark occupies the corner of Roberts Street and 1st Avenue in Fargo, one of the strange on-stilts buildings in Fargo designed to maximise parking space. The last time I was in the Lark was the Cinema Grill auction. The building had been vacant through the 1980s, but in the 90s a company reopened it […]