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Water Skiing

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 3, 2017

This photograph is of a crowd at Lake City watching Ralph Samuelson water skiing behind a World War I era Curtis Flying Boat, 1925. Samuelson was known as the "father of water-skiing," which started with him on Lake Pepin in 1922.

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