As noted the other day, the Minnesota Historical Society has posted lot of old Tribunes. Let’s take a look at a paid huzzah for a new downtown bank building:
“The Avenue to Minneapolis That Broadway Is to New York.” There’s a slogan that didn’t catch on as intended. Not the date: 1921. Wikipedia says:
The Lincoln National Bank was established in 1917 by Harry Pence, a local automobile magnate, and a number of other backers. They had planned to name it the "Second National Bank", but the Treasury Department refused that name since they were not actually the second bank organized. Pence adopted the name of Abraham Lincoln because, “it carries with it his well-known characteristics of strength, ability, fidelity, firmness, faithfulness, loyalty, conservatism, etc., attributes very desirable in a national bank.”
The current site for the building - it's residential now, of course - says it “originally opened in 1919 as the Lincoln Bank Building,” but that was the year its construction was announced. So everyone's confused.
To this day the Pence twins bring a solidity to the intersection and lower Hennepin; it’s a miracle they’ve survived this long. For that they can thank their location.
WEB Rolling Stone on the unlikely persistence of the Space Jam website.
The site lay more-or-less dormant for the next 14 years. But that changed for good in late 2010, when the Internet, exponentially bigger than it was in 1996, rediscovered the site – almost entirely unchanged from its initial launch. It was reborn as a viral sensation, the web's equivalent of a recently discovered cave painting. We laughed at the site because we couldn't believe anything was ever designed this way, but also because it still existed. It remains one of the most faithful living documents of early web design that anyone can access online.
It's not pretty, splash page aside. Frames. Fames with borders. Man, what a nightmare of inadvertently nested content those were. Give the site a look. It's got QTVR movies and everything!
BTW, if you really want to go back to the Stone Age of web design, take a look at the page for the movie Twister.