Sans-Souci Palace, 1900s

A few years ago I bought a small box containing ‘magic lantern‘ slides, small glass plates with photographs on them, at an antique store in Minnesota. ¬†They’re essentially for use in the slide-projector of the late 19th century and early 20th century, a way to share photos with an audience. ¬† Five plates are in […]

German POWs in Minnesota, 1940s

Click for full image As World War II progressed, captured German soldiers were increasing in numbers, and the U.S. needed to do something with them. Numerous POWs were scattered throughout the country and used as labor. Algona, Iowa was the main POW camp in the United States, and several Germans were sent to Algona Branch […]