Structures, people and events are documented in Cologne, Minnesota, USA in 1939.


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Dr. Raymond Dowidat and his wife Esther have been living in the town of Cologne, Minnesota for about two years. Esther's diary gives her impression of the town, which is located close to many dairy farms. She describes the farming habits typical to the area, the operation of the local flour and feed mill, and other characteristic features of the town. Written by Snow Leopard

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One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the Minnesota Historical Society. See more »

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The Upper Midwest
27 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Structures, people and events are documented in Cologne, Minnesota, in 1939.

Alright, so I have never been to Cologne, so far as I can recall. And I was not alive in 1939. Not even close. But I have spent my life in Wisconsin, which is close, and my grandparents were farmers in a rural area. Much of what I see here reminds me very much of them and their property. And I suspect this is true all across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and probably further.

Another reviewer commented that it is strange to rate a film that was never intended to be screened for criticism. That is an interesting point and a true one. But just the same, there is a level of skill here, and this is an important cultural document. Whether that was the intent or not, it deserves the positive acclaim.

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