Numero Group: By The Numbers

Charles Chamblis Exhibit at Minnesota Historical Society
June 10, 2014, 11:52 am
Filed under: Purple Snow

Collection I.368.899

Although many of the photos from Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound were rescued from the attics and basements, shoeboxes and glove compartments of countless Twin City players, a few dozen of the most striking (including the cover photo) were taken by one man: Charles Chamblis. During his +20 years crisscrossing Hennepin and Ramsey counties, he amassed quite an archive of Kodak moments, keeping nearly as many 8×10 prints as he sold. Poor health forced him into retirement in the late ’80s, and he passed away in the early ’90s with a few thousand photographs in his personal archive. A decade later, his daughters took a moving van full of full-color memories to the Minnesota Historical Society, who gave them a home.

Now through February 16th, 2015 Sights, Sounds, and Soul: Twin Cities Through The Lens Of Charles Chamblis will showcase a wide selection of photos from “The Pictureman,” revisiting family reunions, neighborhood get-togethers, mom-and-pop businesses, and of course musical acts. Stop by the gift shop and pick up a copy of Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound and a heaping helping of these Knudsen’s Caramels, which kept Purple Snowman Jon Kirby alive during many a microfiche marathon.

The Minnesota Historical Society is located at 345 W. Kellogg Street in St. Paul, MN. Visit MNHS.Org for more information.

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