04 April 2010
Minnesota in 1942
I fully understand that fewer than 1% of the visitors to this blog will have any interest in Minnesota, but I'm posting this because this is one of a series of several hundred "Traveltalks" produced from the 1930s to the 1950s. To find one that interests you, search YouTube for Traveltalks, perhaps with a keyword for your town/state/region/country.
Minnesotans will find the video interesting when it shows the Foshay Tower as the tallest building in Minneapolis and perhaps when it shows an "average" result of a day's fishing. What interested me was the comment that Minneapolis in 1942 had 1 acre of public parks for every 92 people; I just reran the numbers, and if my data are correct, the current figure is 6,400 acres of public parks for 368K people, or 1 acre for every 58 people!