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Minnesota State Fair Postcards

Early Twentieth Century Views by V. O. Hammon

Hammon published twelve Minnesota State Fair postcards numbered sequentially from 2245 to 2256. My cards are unused and one card is stamped "SAMPLE CARD, V. O. HAMMON PUB. CO." on the back. The date of these postcards is circa 1914 (based on a postmarked card seen in an auction).

Before 1885, Minnesota State Fairs were held in various locations. In 1885, the permanent location of the fair was established in the township of Hamline (now the city of Falcon Heights) on the former site of of the Ramsey County Poor Farm just outside the St. Paul city limits. A large domed Main Building, grandstand, racetrack, and stock pens were built in 1885. An Agricultural Hall, art building, and dining hall were added in 1887. By 1890 there were stock barns, concession buiodings, and a Horticulture Hall. By the time these postcards were published, there were a number of permanent buildings, and a new grandstand had been built in 1909.

Before World War I, the Minnesota State Fair opened on Labor Day and lasted for six days. Currently the Minnesota State Fair runs for twelve days, with the last day being Labor Day.


2245 POULTRY BUILDING


2246 SEVENTY ACRES OF MACHINERY


2247 STREETCAR TERMINAL


2248 GROUNDS BEFORE THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING


2249 REST COTTAGE


2250 FIFTY THOUSAND PERSONS ENJOYING AUTO RACES


2251 LIBERAL ARTS AND AUTO BUILDING


2252 AGRICULTURAL BUILDING


2253 WOMAN'S BUILDING


2254 DAIRY BUILDING


2255 LIVESTOCK PAVILION


2256 ONE OF MANY BANDSTANDS


BACK OF MINNESOTA STATE FAIR POSTCARD PUBLISHED BY V. O. HAMMON PUB. CO.

Hammon published at least three other Minnesota State Fair postcards.


1655 RACE TRACK


1656 SCENE AT MINNESOTA STATE FAIR GROUNDS


THE RACES (not numbered)

 

 

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