In the 1930s, Minneapolis was going through an economic downturn as the nation was facing the Great Depression. Industries were in decline, and the flour mills gradually began to shut down. Business and local industries had developed a national reputation for ethnic and labor conflict. The violent Teamsters Strike of 1934 resulted in laws acknowledging workers’ rights.
Gangsters and mobs ruled the underworld of the city. North Minneapolis was ruled by the Jews gangster led by Isadore Blumenfield also known as Kid Cann. Blumenfield was linked to assassinations, money laundering, and the destruction of the Minneapolis streetcar system, and political bribery.
Here below are some vintage photos of Minneapolis from the 1930s. These stunning historical photos show a whole different Minneapolis from the one we know today and they also offer a glimpse into everyday life. Vote your favorites and don’t forget to share.
If you go more into the past, then check out, what Minneapolis looked like in the early 1900s.
Grain Belt Brewery, which was established in 1893, survived the Prohibition years by producing "near-beer" and sodas; however, the brewery has experienced tumultuous business since. The original brewery in Minneapolis was closed and operations were moved to a St. Paul location in 1976.