The Onion On My Internet Belt

In this previous post I talked about my continuing fascination with the Minneapolis skyline. There are two other pictures that I want to share in particular.

This first one was taken by my Dad (and all rights, etc, still belong to him. I posted this with his permission) in 1972. As far as I can tell, it was taken from around the St Anthony Falls area, or possibly from somewhere on the University of Minnesota campus (where he and my Mom were living at the time). On the left is the Foshay Tower, on the right, the IDS center.

Minneapolis Night Skyline Dec 1972 by Dean Funk small size

Did you know that John Phillips Sousa wrote a song called the Foshay Tower March about this very building? It was played at the dedication of the building in 1929, months before the stock market crash. The check Foshay wrote to Sousa bounced and the march wasn’t played again until the commission debt was paid some sixty years later (or was renamed and resold, depending on what sources you like).

This next picture was taken on the morning of January 10th, 2012 by me and represents my favorite frame of this particular subject in the “picture a day” project I completed that year. It was taken at the top of the exit ramp from Hwy 94 on to Cretin/Vandalia Avenues in St Paul, a few miles south and a mile or two east of the above shot, both looking west. Timing is everything.

Minneapolis skyline from cretin vandalia jan 10 2012 by Cory Funk

In this shot, the Foshay is only visible as an antenna on the right side of the far left cluster of buildings. The IDS is left of center, the second tallest building with two antennas on the top. The city has changed notably in 40 years, as has camera technology.

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