Fawcett, Wilford Hamilton "Captain Billy" (1885–1940)

One of the most colorful characters on the scene in early twentieth century Minnesota was Wilford Hamilton "Captain Billy" Fawcett. He was editor and publisher of a bawdy men's humor magazine called Captain Billy's Whiz Bang. He was also a veteran of two wars, an Olympic athlete, a world traveler, a big-game hunter, and a resort owner.

Reid Ray Film Industries films a scene for the movie <em> Cash on the Barrelhead</em> inside Mickey's Diner. Actor William Bendix is at center.

Movie scene filmed inside Mickey's Diner

Reid Ray Film Industries films a scene for the movie Cash on the Barrelhead inside Mickey's Diner circa 1960. Actor William Bendix is at center.

The statue of Father Louis Hennepin at Sixteenth Street and Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis.

Father Hennepin statue, Sixteenth Street and Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis

The statue of Father Louis Hennepin at Sixteenth Street and Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis.

Painting of Father Hennepin at the Falls of St. Anthony by Douglas Volk, c. 1905.

Father Hennepin at the Falls of St. Anthony

Painting of Father Louis Hennepin at St. Anthony Falls by Douglas Volk, c. 1905.

Painting of the Eighth Minnesota Infantry (Mounted) in the Battle of Ta-Ha-Kouty (Killdeer Mountain)

The Eighth Minnesota Infantry (Mounted) in the Battle of Ta-Ha-Kouty (Killdeer Mountain)

The Eighth Minnesota was mounted during Sully's expedition. Here they fight dismounted at the battle of Killdeer Mountain, July 28, 1864. Every fourth man is positioned in the rear as a horse holder. Oil on canvas painting by Carl Ludwig Boeckmann c. 1910.

Spectacular Fair: The Minnesota State Fair

In this Collections Up Close video podcast, Minnesota Historical Society collections assistant Christopher Welter shares a few of the thousands of State Fair photographs in the MHS collection, with a special emphasis on the fair’s more spectacular offerings.

Black and white engraving on paper depicting Lake Pepin. Made by Jacob C. Ward c.1840.

Lake Pepin, Upper Mississippi

Black and white engraving on paper depicting Lake Pepin. Made by Jacob C. Ward c.1840.

F. Scott Fitzgerald at desk

F. Scott Fitzgerald at desk

F. Scott Fitzgerald at desk, 1930.

F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald at Dellwood the month before Scottie's birth.

F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald at Dellwood the month before Scottie's birth.

F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald at Dellwood the month before Scottie's birth, 1921.

F. Scott Fitzgerald House

F. Scott Fitzgerald House

F. Scott Fitzgerald House, St. Paul; 1987.

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