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Genevieve Hovde, Sunset Valley Barn Dance musical variety show singer

2 photos of Genevieve Hovde in a country western costume, 1950s. Hovde began on the Sunset Valley Barn Dance musical variety show when it was still on the radio and she was 11 years old. Originally from River Falls, Wisconsin, Hovde, performed on the show well into the 50s, when it was on KSTP television. Winning an amateur contest for the Fall Festival in River Falls by singing, "God Bless America", Hovde was heard by a producer from KSTP and asked to perform on the variety show, which started in 1940 on the radio. As a regular cast member, Genevieve made the trip to St. Paul, Minnesota from River Falls, Wisconsin every Saturday.

Lakeview Drive, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin

Postcard image of the northwestern shore of Balsam Lake, with an automobile parked along Lakeview Drive, city of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. Printed on Azo paper, with the two triangles pointing up and two pointing down (used 1918-1930). Unused.

Main Street, Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Postcard with image of downtown Ellsworth, Wisconsin, showing businesses, automobiles, and street lights on Main Street. Date from postmark: Jun 28 1946; mailed from Ellsworth, Wisconsin; green 1¢ Washington stamp. Message: Addressed to The Gang, 238 N. Hyland Ave., Ames, Iowa. "Dear fellows, Having a swell vacation here in Minn. and Wisconsin. Wish all of you were with us. Hope to see you next week. Della & Don."

Hickerson Roller Mill and Mill Pond, Grantsburg, Wisconsin

Postcard with image of the Hickerson Roller Mill and mill pond, looking west, with a brick yard in the distance, located at Grantsburg, Wisconsin. The stamp was removed from the verso, along with any postmark. Message: Addressed to Mr. Gorge Huffman, Stillwater, Minn. "Well Gorge I suppose you are all looking for me to come [home?]. But I have to stay a few days longer [cannot make out the rest]." No signature or name.

Along the shore, greetings from Milltown, Wisconsin

Typical Curteich "Greetings from ..." linen postcard, this one from their "Inland Lake Scenes--10 Subjects" line. The image is of a generic lake shore scene with two canoes and plenty of trees along the shoreline. Date from postmark: 1940; mailed from Milltown Wisconsin; green 1¢ George Washington stamp (placed upside down). Printed on verso: "Genuine Curteich-Chicago, 'C.T. Art-Color tone' Post Card (Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.)." Date comes from the Curteich numbering system (see note). Message: Addressed to Mr. Clyde Tillery, 5624 W. 65 St., Chicago, Illinois. "Dear Kids, On our vacation. Having a good time. We are at Half Moon Lake about 350 miles from home. Caught lots of fish but just one big one. Love Opal."

Residence scene, Osceola, Wisconsin

Real-photo postcard with image of a Victorian home on a dirt street with a hitching post, located in Osceola, Wisconsin. Date from postmark: Sep 4, 1908; mailed from Osceola, Wisconsin; green 1¢ Franklin "Gingerbread" stamp. Handwritten on recto of card: Osceola, Wisconsin, Sep. 3 - '08. Message: Addressed to Mrs. J.S. Holloway, Koshkonong Mo. "My dear Sister, Yours recd. Was very glad to hear from you. I'm going to Minneapolis tomorrow. Will visit old [] Heirmeyer who is visiting her daughter []ssie. I don't think of staying long - its very cool and delightfully pleasant up here, but with all that, I am not at all well, just one of my spells [] had sick head Sunday awful - & my stomach was as usual fine. back am want to send several cards. So will say good bye. __ writes all is o.k. at fair. Not heard from Bruce. Love to all. L."

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