|Downtown Minneapolis, Mn. courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society.|
Welcome from "Rudolph’s Furniture Store" in Duluth, Minnesota which is Sepia Saturday’s theme for 12 March 2011. The window sign in Alan's theme photo says "August Sale" and the chevy is a 1956 (probably brand new) and 4 salesmen, the second from left being the store’s owner, Leonard Rudolph and three other unidentified men. The mystery surrounding this photo still intrigues me.
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It's amazing how many copies of this one photo are on the Internet. The 3rd salesman pictured appears like a Colin Firth look-a-like, who apparently has captured every one's attention. What were they discussing? Was it something randomly funny about their store or, the new and gleaming 1956 Chevy beside them?
Whatever the story, there isn’t much information on the web regarding Rudolph's and only one other picture (of their original building on 3rd Avenue and 1st Street which burned down in 1950) both photos submitted by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest.
So veering off the men and the 1956 Chevy we’ll visit a few Minnesota stores (and one from Michigan) of the fifties within the realms of Sepia Saturday.
|This is my father's uncle Elgene, the loneliest Maytag Repair man in town. This is his store in East Lansing, Michigan, sometime in the 1950's.|
| A typical 1950's era photo of downtown Ely, Mn and what you'd expect to see on a busy weekend day during fishing season. Minnesota Historical Society.|
|Downtown Minneapolis 1950's street scene featuring a very famous "Three Sisters" ladies apparel shop. Minnesota Historical Society.|
|The well known section of Minneapolis called "Uptown" and the corner of Hennepin and Lake Street. Courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society.|