Claire S's Reviews > Blue Ribbon: A Social And Pictorial History Of The Mn State Fair

Blue Ribbon by Karal Ann Marling
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This book is much more serious than the other one I just reviewed, "Minnesota State Fair - An Illustrated History" by Kathryn Strand Koutsky and Linda Koutsky.
This one was printed 17 years earlier, in 1990.
The photos (mostly just photos here) are black and white, and placed more traditionally on the page - top or bottom, or sometimes in the middle.
The text is very informative, each chapter really delving into it's subject, whether it's 'Women's Work', which covered the fair's place in women's lives originally and how that changed, including the periods involving temperance and suffragists; or 'Cuisine-on-a-Stick' ('acute indigestion has always been the leading medical emergency treated at the State Fair infirmary') which describes the changing palate available during the 10 days of happiness. No recipes, index is present.

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