New North

Nat Geo Aug ’47

Back when this photo was taken in the summer of 1947, Penasse, Minnesota was the most northerly post office in the US. Nowadays, it’s Barrow, Alaska. I’m pretty sure we’re done acquiring new states, so Barrow will probably retain the title.

The man  who looks like The Skipper from “Gilligan’s Island” is actually Captain Young, a veteran skipper of the mailboat Resolute (not the S.S. Minnow), which had just arrived on the 50-acre island from Warroad, just shy of Canada. The poor-postured woman with her pelvis tucked beneath her is postmistress Mrs. Fran Cole. The two men beside her, one of which appears to be leering menacingly, are Chippewa Indian fishing guides for summer visitors.

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  1. Have you ever wondered why people pick the places they live and why they stay? I mean if you have to get your mail by boat then the other stuff you need to live has to be shipped in to. I am sure you can trap and hunt and grow a lot of food stuffs but what about the real important stuff? Like Coke and margarita? Plus the weather must suck most of the time. We got a bit of snow yesterday and it is 27 degrees now. Times like these I wonder on my choices.

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    1. I agree. Being remote and shivering doesn’t sound fun. Paradise like Hawaii doesn’t even have all of the stuff available that we do on the mainland. I don’t know what I would do without Coke. We reached a record low of 31 this morning but wow, not snow like you!

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  2. Not far from the big lake they call Gitche Gumi.

    Today’s trivia nugget: The Ojibwe (Chippewa preferred name) call the lake Gichi-Gami, meaning “be a great sea.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the name as “Gitche Gumee” in The Song of Hiawatha, as did Gordon Lightfoot in his song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”.

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