Blue Ribbon: A Social and Pictorial History of the Minnesota State Fair

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Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1990 - History - 328 pages
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In twenty thematic chapters, the author traces the history of the great Minnesota State Fair from its beginnings in the 1850s to its place in the 1980s among the top five major North American fairs. Features more than 300 black-and-white illustrations -- historic photographs showing long-gone amusements as well as early versions of fair scenes that know no era, and contemporary photographs that capture the fair's varied moods and scenes.
 

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Contents

Morning Comes to the Fair
6
The First Fair
17
The Fair on Wheels
27
The Fairgrounds at Hamline
37
Minnesota at the Worlds Fairs
48
The Greatest State Fair in the Union
61
The Prize Bull
77
Womens Work 94
79
On the Midway
185
Recreating the Past and Building the Future
205
The Fine Arts at the Fair
227
The Arts of Everyday Living
248
CuisineonaStick
259
Step Right Up Folks
273
The Biggestor the Best?
291
Goodnight Goodnight Goodnight
305

Machinery Hill
99
The Worlds Greatest Outdoor Entertainment Spectacle
129
Orating and Speechifying
153
A 4Hy Kind of Fair
167
A Note on Sources
317
Index
319
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About the author (1990)

Karal Ann Marling is professor of art history and American studies at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of numerous books on topics including American mural painting of the Depression era, illustration of the 1940s, the architecture of theme parks, and the influence of television on visual culture in the 1950s.

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