The Lake Calhoun Public Bathing Beach in Minneapolis, Minnesota is shown on the above postcard. The Minnesota Historical Society has a black and white photo dated circa 1911 that is obviously the source of the image on the postcard. It is interesting to compare the colorized postcard to the black and white photo. There are actually very few differences between the two. The most obvious differences are that the plain dark umbrellas have been given colorful patterns on the postcard, a post has been removed, and a some sailboats have been added. The postcard sky could have used a bit more work. It is an odd solid peach color with no clouds visible.
Source: Minnesota Historical Society Visual Resource Database, ca. 1911
The last two photos are also from the same source and approximately the same time period. They show some closer views of people enjoying themselves at Lake Calhoun.
Source: Minnesota Historical Society Visual Resource Database, ca. 1920
This last picture has nothing to do with the rest of this post. It is from a totally different time and place. It is me at the Indiana Dunes on Lake Michigan. You can probably guess the age.
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