Illustration by Nuri Ducassi, 18×24
This poster, which is part of a 12-poster series, is an homage to “the North Star state’s great display of the products of the earth and air, the outpouring of the horn of plenty into the lap of Minnesota’s loyal people,” as the Minneapolis Tribune wrote in 1896.
Two years after the Summer of Love in San Francisco, the summer of the Giant Slide arrived in Minnesota. The fashions slipping down the slide in 1969 included “minidress with buccaneer sleeve,” and “the knit tam is reported to be very ‘big’ on the teen scene this fall.” The day the slide debuted in the Minneapolis Star, the front page told readers that Tricia Nixon might have appendicitis and “7,700 GIs leave Vietnam.” Since its debut, the big slide has appeared on the front page of the paper, in countless Instagram videos, and in not a few wedding albums. In 1996, Rob Barona and Stacey Pittroff-Barona, whose family started the Giant Slide, got married at the top and gunny-sacked down as husband and wife. What is the appeal of several seconds of whooshing downhill? “It’s just a real simple concept and it hasn’t changed much over the years,” said Pittroff-Barona last year, on the slide’s 50th birthday. Simple and constant: That describes some of the best things at the fair.
Each poster is printed on-demand on heavy quality photo paper. Posters will arrive in 10-14 days.