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Hibbing: 1941

August 1941. "Main street of Hibbing, Minnesota." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

August 1941. "Main street of Hibbing, Minnesota." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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That's Vivien to you

I'm late to the party; many have noted the misspelling of the name of one of the greatest actors of his or any other generation. Larry Olivier probably would have snorted contemptuously at the gaffe and let it go, but would likely have thought it beyond the pale that his beloved bride's name was misspelled too. Oh and the title of the film is wrong as well ... excellent movie, with Vivien at her absolute loveliest: That Hamilton Woman.

Bringing It All Back Home

A kid named Robert Zimmerman was born in Duluth just a couple months before this photo was shot. His family moved to Hibbing and he spent his entire childhood here thru high school, until he went to college and became Bob Dylan. I'm sure this scene would've looked familiar to him.

Where's Dylan ?

The very same streets a young Robert Zimmerman would be roaming several years later.

Bob's back pages

Somewhere in the general vicinity of this photo an infant Robert Zimmerman was wailing his first melodies.

Flat roofs

Many buildings may appear to have a flat roof but in actuality the roofs are slightly pitched. Snow loads can be properly engineered to withstand weight but the culprit is standing water. A roof with a few degrees allow melting snow and rain water to run off.

What was a problem however was the low-tech roofing materials, usually asphalt paper, tar and small stones. After several years of hot summer sun and sub-zero temps in winter they developed cracks which led to leaks.

So as not to look garish

Comparing 1941 to 2021 it appears that at some point the Hibbing City Council banned flag mounted signs.

At least Hibbing

did not destroy their downtown as in many other cities, it actually looks like it may return to its former glory.

My Typo Actor

I wonder if Lawrence Oliver is any relation to Laurence Olivier.

Some people!

Can't that guy read? The post clearly says "NO JAY WALKING"

"Lawrence Oliver"

Apparently the signage chap at the State Theater ran out of I's while preparing both sides of the marquee.

Must have figured it out

View from above E. Howard and 4th Ave E. Goodness knows how those flat-roofed buildings survived all that snow they get there.

Do you like Hibbing?

I don't know, I've never hibbed.

Didja See?

Larry Oliver's playing in That Hamilton Woman?

Movie sign not quite accurate

Whoever put up the lettering on the theatre marquee misspelled both parts of Olivier's name, and got the title wrong!

Now Playng

Lawrence Olivier might want to have a word with the young man who put up the marquee.

Hamilton Woman

Quite a racy movie they were playing in Hibbing.

Some still there

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