One of my favorite things at our museum is the collection of Edina building photos taken in 1959. City workers went around the village and took one or more photos of every structure in the community.
We have photos of places like Cameron's store, located at 70th and Cahill in what was then rural Edina.
Travel there today and you won't see any hint of the busy little store, located at the crossroads shared with St. Patrick's Church and the one-room Cahill School.
We also have photos of Savory's Greenhouses, which still operates today.
The house photos are helpful for residents researching their house history. In addition to the photos, we have the tax assessor files that include information about building permits on remodeling projects. (I happen to like the photos that show cars and bikes in the driveway.)
I also like the ones that show people. Many of the business photos show shoppers on the street or entering the building. Odds are, somebody out there knows the man strolling out of the Shell station. Anyone know anything about the coffee vehicle at the pumps?
I would love to have a volunteer (or group of volunteers) take photos of each address for a Then and Now exhibit. If you'd like to help with the project, please email me or call me at 612-928-4577.
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