Monthly Archives: October 2014

Corn Palace Exterior, Mitchell, South Dakota

This image is of another year’s decorations on the front entrance of the Mitchell, South Dakota Corn Palace. Like many such images of this era, this is a colorized version of a black and white original photograph.

Dan Grigg Enterprise Co., Mitchell, So. Dak. Photo taken by J. E. Holst

The description states:

THE WORLD’S ONLY CORN PALACE

MITCHELL, SOUTH DAKOTA

This building is redecorated annually at a cost of $10,000 in natural colored grains and grasses. The annual festival is held the last week in September but the building is open FREE the year around. It is the most outstanding exhibit of nature’s wonderful colors blended into interesting designs and pictures by skilled decorators.

–The building is currently undergoing considerable remodeling to allow for larger murals and signage. The cars shown in the image indicate this photo is from the 1940s.

1951 Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota

This image begins a series of card featuring the world famous Corn Palace, a building completely covered in decorations made of split corn cobs and other grains.

Dan Grigg Enterprise, Co., Mitchell, So. Dak.

The description states:

THE WORLD’S ONLY CORN PALACE, MITCHELL, SOUTH DAKOTA, is freshly redecorated each year during Indian Summer. It requirers between two and three thousand bushels of corn, all of which appears in its natural color. The individual cobs, with the corn on, are sawed lengthwise by small power saws, the halves then nailed, flat side in, to wooden panels which are fastened to the brick wall sot he building. The annual festival is held in the last week in September but the building is open FREE the year around.

–The marking on the building and the cars shown in the image both indicate the image is from the year 1951.

Maumee River Bridge, Ohio

This image is of a portion of the Ohio Turnpike, a toll road built between 1949 and 1955. It specifically features the Maumee River Bridge crossing, showing the separation of traffic.

Curteichcolor Art-Creation from Color Transparency

The description states:

OTP-9 — THE MAUMEE RIVER BRIDGE ON OHIO’S 326,000,000 TURNPIKE

This mammoth bridge is 1,394 feet long. Twin bridges carry the roadways wherever the Turnpike crosses over other highways, rivers or railroads, to preserve the minimum separation between the east and west bound lanes.

–This postcard was used and is dated April 27, 1956. The black streaks on the sky are cancellation marks.