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“You're never going to get me to do anything Swedish people do,” Peggy Olson told her boyfriend on this week’s episode of “Mad Men.” What do Swedish people do? Or better yet: What do Americans think Swedish people do?”
In 1955, an afternoon paper in Sweden dispatched the Associated Press to ask Americans pretty much that very question. The Minneapolis Sunday Tribune put the story on the front page. Kudos to the anonymous copy editor who wrote this priceless headline.
|Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie performed in Minnesota with the Ice Capades several times in the late 1930s. Here she shook hands with Gov. Elmer Benson. (Photo courtesy mnhs.org)|