Suburbia: Images

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Release dated: 
July 2, 2015
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
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Suburbia: Images

These images may be used for editorial purposes in magazines, newspapers and online to promote “Suburbia,” Oct. 10, 2015 to March 20, 2016, at the Minnesota History Center. Credit information is listed.

Model Home, Crystal, 1957

Model Home, Crystal, 1957

The return of servicemen after WWII helped fuel a housing shortage, which drove new developments. At the same time, new home-financing opportunities made the dream of suburban living come true for the middle class.

Minnesota Historical Society Collections

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Ecklund & Swedlund Advertisement, 1958

Ecklund & Swedlund Advertisement, 1958

In 1958, Ecklund & Swedlund homebuilders launched a publicity stunt to bring attention to their Woodland Hills development: they built and raffled off a model home at Knollwood Plaza Shopping Center. Betty Bach, Mrs. Minnesota, served as hostess for the house.

Courtesy Mark Swedlund

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Mrs. Minnesota, Betty Bach, 1958

Mrs. Minnesota, Betty Bach, 1958

The Mrs. America contest was promoted as a search for the “best looking and best homemaker among America’s married women.” In 1958, Mrs. Alvin J. Bach of Columbia Heights won the Mrs. Minnesota title. She placed third in the Mrs. America contest.

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Gwen Smith class photo, 1965-1966

Gwen Smith class photo, 1965-1966

With the construction of I-94 cutting through the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul, many African-American families had to move. Roxie and Silas Smith decided to relocate to Maplewood, where their children were often the only African-American students in class.

Courtesy Gwen Ellis

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Southdale Shopping Center, brochure 1956

Southdale Shopping Center, 1956

“Meet your friends at the exotic Garden Court - dramatic center of Southdale. At your table at the sidewalk cafe, you’re only a few steps from the gaily decorated stores and shops along the colorful shopping lanes which open into the year-’round springtime atmosphere of the Garden Court.”

Courtesy Edina Historical Society

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