Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Minnesota State Fair - Let's Go!

This postcard shows the streetcar terminal at the Minnesota State Fair, with some fair buildings in the background. Early twentieth-century city dwellers were likely to take a streetcar to the fair. Out of town visitors could take special trains run by Great Northern and Northern Pacific directly to the fairgrounds.

The emblem below appears on the back of this postcard. Before World I, the fair opened on Labor Day and ran for six days. In 1919, the fair was lengthened to eight days and began on the Saturday before Labor Day. In 1939, the fair expanded to ten days and ended on Labor Day. The length of the fair increased to eleven days in 1972 and twelve days in 1975.

1 comment:

  1. Love the card and the emblem. Trains, fairs and expositions, good stuff! Found an interesting fact about the fair. It has been held every year since 1859 with only five exceptions: in 1861 and 1862 due to the Civil War and Dakota Indian Conflict, in 1893 because of scheduling conflicts with the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1945 due to war-time fuel shortages, and in 1946 due to a polio epidemic. That's a pretty good record!


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