11 1/4” x 8 1/4” album of 50 leaves/100 pages, 530 photographs
The album begins with a trip to Lake Gervais, Minnesota in 1920. Followed by portraits of friends and family of Gladstone, MN. Many portraits capture Gladstone — now known as Maplewood (on the outskirts of Minneapolis). Gladstone was founded in 1886 and quickly became a working mans town — home to industries of agricultural, and the Duluth Railroad. Fire swept the town, and by the start of WWI most of the businesses in town had been shuttered. Though, the post office held on a bit longer and did not close its doors until 1923.
It seems the family took flight with the rest of the town in the early 1920s. Perhaps, they landed in the northern region of the state in Hibbing, MN where many of the following pictures are credited. Another working town, and is home to the largest open pit mine in the world: the Hull-Rust-Mahoning Open Pit Iron Mine. It is likely they went there to follow work.
And in their leisure, friends and lovers took excursions to Hudson, Wisconsin; Hastings, MN; Taylor Falls, Lake Vermillion, Lake Owassa, etc. It appeared the canoed, swam, and saw sights along the water’s edge as much as they could muster.
Several pages are dedicated to baby photos. Flipping through these pages, one will see a charming young boy age from two weeks onward. Soon the child and adults are seen corralling with friends and neighbors.
The first third of the book is labeled indicating locations, though the practice of denoting people and place does not continue throughout the album. Three photographs are missing. The front and back cover are worn.