Ed Fischer is a cartoonist syndicated throughout the Upper Midwest. Here, he lends his perspective on what it means to be a Minnesotan. Clever cartoons portray the stamina, fortitude and practical nature of residents of the Land of 10,000 Lakes. You'll laugh as you relate to the outrageously funny observations about life in Minnesota.
"Because of their relative stability, streets offer an incomparable framework for looking at the urban past and comparing it to the present," writes Millett in his introduction to Twin Cities Then and Now, which consists of seventy-two historic street scenes matched with new photographs taken from the same locations. Accompanying each scene is an informative essay that examines the often astonishing changes wrought by time and circumstance.
The historic photographs, some published here for the first time, include views taken from as long ago as the 1880s and as recently as the late 1950s. Jerry Mathiason's elegant new black-and-white photographs complement these historic images and provide superb visual comparisons between then and now, while Millett's lively text puts each scene into clear focus. Twin Cities Then and Now also includes four specially prepared maps along with detailed informational graphics that identify hundreds of significant buildings and places visible in the photographs.
Twin Cities Then and Now is an engaging, startling, and at times heartbreaking look at the dramatic march of progress in Minneapolis and St. Paul. For, as Millett also writes in his introduction, "to observe a city over time is to see, for better or worse, the remorseless power of change."
"Minnesota Impressionists" is a beautiful book that treats an important and previously unexplored chapter in American art. The period covered is pre-1940. Twenty-seven artists including Nicholas Brewer, Elizabeth Chant, and Alexis Jean Fournier and their paintings are addressed in separate essays, arranged alphabetically for easy reference.
The Story of Minnesota's Past embraces the broad sweep of change over this land now called Minnesota from glacial ages to the 1980s. This richly illustrated book was first published as a textbook for Minnesota middle-school students. A paperback edition was produced to serve as a readable and authoritative history for newcomers, old-timers, and all those in the general reading audience who want to know more about the state's past.
"This book . . . strives to represent fairly the men, women, and children of all groups and cultures who have been part of Minnesota's past. And I hope that in touching on a few of their personal stories it conveys some sense of the dreams, sorrows, conflicts, and complexities of the human journey."--from the Preface
Wanda Gag rose from poverty in small-town Minnesota to international fame in the 1920s as the author of the children's classic, Millions of Cats. Her early diaries, first published in 1940, are the touching, often humorous record of her youth and her struggles to develop her talent.
The Industrialization of the American economy between 1862 and 1893 provided pioneer farm families with the means to realize their dreams on the Midwestern prairie. Now the last of their original farmhouses are disappearing. "There was no way to save them, " writes author William Gabler, "but their great homeliness and variety could be recorded in photographs."
This fascinating book details several major shipwrecks of Gitche Gumee, including the complete story of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It contains many underwater color photos as well as black and whites and maps. Here is an excellent history of the ships that sailed our massive and sometimes terrifying inland sea. Published by Lake Superior Magazine.l