The Como was one of the streetcar steamboats on Lake Minnetonka. Message says the writer took the Como from the hotel to the island, and that the fishing is so good in this lake that it is not unusual to catch 100 pounds of bass in three hours, postmarked and dated 1907.
This steamboat seems to have stopped at a dock at the Narrows. This was the scene before the bridge was built across the Narrows. The north side of this channel is in the town of Orono, and the south side is in Tonka Bay. Printed message gives description of Lake Minnetonka, postmarked and dated 1918.
Wooden boats are pulled ashore and picnic baskets appear in this generic beach scene, with a black and white inset photo labeled Steamer Excelsior, Minnetonka. The writer mentions the large number of advertisements in the paper for fine horses for sale. The Bureau of Engraving's logos is printed on back, color added, postmarked 1910.
Entrance to Big Island Park shows the path through the grove of trees. Message says this pleasure park is 18 miles out by trolley, and that the tower, peristyle, etc., are all concrete, dated and postmarked 1909.
Visitors enjoy the shade in a grove of trees at Big Island Park, color added. Card is addressed to Hoke Smith, United States Senate, Washington, D.C., postmarked 1913. Message reads: Lithography is the working man's art. Don’t destroy American Art! Help us develop American art! Why not lithograph these in Amerika? More of these cards than ever are being lithographed abroad! I receive 25 dolls per week as a lithographer. Please don't cut this down. German lithographers get only one third of the wages Americans do.
Bridge crossed the dry creek bed of Minnehaha Creek after a long dry spell. Writer watched for President Taft to cross the bridge in an auto during his visit to Minneapolis, but missed seeing him, dated November 12, 1909.
Collage of Minneapolis photographs includes Regatta Day on Lake Minnetonka, Court House and City Hall, Boulevard at Lake Calhoun, Loring Park, St. Louis Bay on Lake Minnetonka, Library at State University, Flour Mill District, Minnehaha Falls, and St. Anthony Falls and Exposition Building, dated 1906.
Collage of Excelsior scenes includes photos of Joslin Brothers Hardware Store, Main Street looking south, High School, Catholic Mission House, Business section, Trinity Chapel, Sampson House, and the Lake Minnetonka Casino, postmarked 1912.
This photo of the convention grounds on the Burton Estate in Deephaven on Lake Minnetonka in encircled by an oval with the saying ""Minneapolis Makes Good."" The message, postmarked 1908, tells of the purchase of a swell hat with a great big plume for $8.00.
This popular postcard depicts a fisherman on shore hooking a mythical giant fish, the epitome of the fish that got away, called the freak fish design. This card advertises Spring Park, Minnesota. The message, dated 1912, mentions a picnic held by the Maccabee Lodge of Minneapolis and St. Paul, which included 26 athletic stunts for which the winners received prizes.
Hotel La Paul advertises: We eat here, rates $2.00 per day. This hotel was on Lake Street in Excelsior, north of the White House. The writer comments that this is a most beautiful resort for all the middle west, cool and delightful weather, dated and postmarked 1906.
Front view shows porch along the entire first floor of this four-story building, with young trees on the front lawn, hand-drawn flag flies from the peak of the middle dormer. Message dated 1907, but postmarked 1908, invites the recipient to come to the Lake to do the sender's sewing.
The interior view of this lovely porch, The Lattice Room, shows the white furniture and flowering vines, color added. Printed message states that this Inn, 17 miles west of Minneapolis, is owned and operated by Hotel Radisson Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
This map of Lake Minnetonka shows the streetcar and the streetcar boat lines and stops, from Groveland in the east to Zumbra Heights in the west. Streetcar stops on the south side of the Lake are Birch Bluff, Excelsior, Christmas Lake, Vine Hill, Pergatory and Glen Lake. Streetcar stops on the east side of the Lake are Deephaven, Northome, Breezy Point, and Groveland. Lake Minnetonka is 20 miles long and four miles wide with a charmingly irregular shore line of over 300 miles. V.O. Hammon trademark is printed on back, postmarked 1909.
Music Director Albert Franko Demkier's music program for the Hotel Del Otero lists musical selections and composers: Summertime by H. Von Tilzer, How would you like to try a honeymoon with me? by O. Wade, Dear old East side, by Gus. Edwards, Merry-go round by Gus. Edwards, Bye-Bye, Dear Old Broadway by Gus. Edwards, Pandora by Victor Maurice, Love-Land by Holzman, Over the hills and far away by Schwartz for luncheon from 12:30 to 1, and The Chorus Lady by Kingsbury, Ev'rybody loves me, but the one I love by G. Edwards, Hermosillo by Schuh, Up in my balloon by Wenrich, Lady! Lady! by Leighton, The Grand Mogul by Luders, See Saw by Gus. Edwards, Consolation by Line and Sympathy by Kendis for dinner 6:30 to 8; card writer from Louisiana talks about wearing coats all the time because it is so cool, postmarked August 12, 1910.
The Neighborhood Club house has a stone foundation, walls of windows on the first floor, and wooden shakes on the second floor. Writer mentions picking raspberries before breakfast, postmarked July 1912.
The Old Orchard estate was in Tonka Bay on Crescent Beach facing west on the Upper Lake. The large house has an adjacent three-story tower for viewing the lake. Its adjacent peristyle includes vine-covered columns and benches, color added for the border, postmarked and dated 1908.
According to the card's caption, boaters are negotiating the channel between Lower Lake and Crystal Bay on Lake Minnetonka, color added, postmarked and dated 1908. This photo does not match the actual geography at the described location.
Ladies relaxing on the lawn and the steps of the pergola, viewed from vine-covered walkway, at the Hotel Del Otero on Lake Minnetonka, color added, postmarked 1909. The printed message reads: Minnetonka is a Sioux word for ""big waters;"" here was the scene of Hiawatha's wooing, and out of the lake flows the stream on which is located the beautiful falls of Minnehaha--""laughing water""--made famous by Longfellow.
Reception parlor, filled with rocking chairs in rattan and wood and rugs with Native American designs, welcomes Hotel Del Otero guests for their stay at Lake Minnetonka, color added. The message says it was too cool to swim in the evening, postmarked July 2, 1913.
View of Spring Park Bay from the porch of the Hotel Del Otero on Lake Minnetonka shows islands in the distance and boats moored near shore, hand colored work. The message includes a hand-drawn tent, postmarked 1906.
In this view from the lake, the two-story casino in Spring Park has second-floor screened porches facing the lake and a walk way through an arbor, shaded by climbing vines, to the dock, dated and postmarked 1911.
Steamer Minnehaha plying the waters of Lake Minnetonka, with flags flying, and passengers both inside on the lower deck, and outside on the upper deck, postmarked 1907. Writer describes watching the Chicago Cubs beat Brooklyn 4-3 in Chicago: score at the end of 8th favored Chicago 3-0, end of 9th--3-3, end of 10th--3-3, end of 11th--4-3. ""Great doings.""
Drawing of the globe with St. Paul, the Saintly City, at the center of the continent advertises attractions: Lake Minnetonka, Como Park, Minnehaha Falls, White Bear Lake, Auditorium, Indian Mounds Park, Capitol, and Mississippi River, history of Minnesota and St. Paul printed on back of card, message and postmark dated 1910.
This express steamboat ""White Bear"" has just passed under the new steel bridge at the Narrows. Its advertising sign says it is an express for Zumbra; this channel connects the Upper Lake to the Lower Lake of Lake Minnetonka; the bridge connects Orono and Tonka Bay, postmarked 1916.
J.H. Woolnough was the proprietor of the Maple Heights Inn, North Shore Park, Island Park, on Lake Minnetonka; the three story structure sits on a hill overlooking the lake, with steps down to the shore and a boathouse, dated 1905.
The Lafayette Club is surrounded on front and side by a porch, its columns covered with vines. A mansard roof tops the second story. A nearby one-story building is adjacent to a circular four-story tower with a viewing deck on the top story, postmarked 1906.
This young man is holding a box camera, sitting on a fallen tree. Perhaps he arrived across the reedy bay by the canoe that is drawn upon the shore. Message says friends waved their kerchiefs as the train passed by.
The Saint Paul, a ferry boat steamer on Lake Minnetonka, had three decks and a side paddle wheel. In this photo flags are flying from both the bow and stern of the upper, open deck, and every deck is crowded with passengers. The ferries ran from 1906 to 1911.
Roller skating rink at Tonka Bay is a two-story wooden building on the shore of Lake Minnetonka. This postcard was printed as an advertisement; the hotel and park manager, P.J. Metzdorf, of the Twin City Lines, invites visitors to spend a day, a week, a month, or the entire summer at Tonka Bay Hotel on Lake Minnetonka.
This long three-story wooden building in its shaded setting provides a porch along its entire first floor, and a tower that climbs to four stories giving additional views of Lake Minnetonka. This postcard was printed as an advertisement. The message announces that fancy balls, dancing parties, musicales and concerts, banquets, conventions, yacht races, and rowing regattas are of frequent occurrence at Tonka Bay, and it is only two miles from Big Island with its 65-acre park .
The Pleasure Park at the Hotel Del Otero includes tennis court and croquet lawn, as well as swings and benches, color added, postmarked 1910. The printed message reads: Minnetonka is a Sioux word for ""big waters;"" here was the scene of Hiawatha's wooing, and out of the lake flows the stream on which is located the beautiful falls of Minnehaha--""laughing water""--made famous by Longfellow.