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Irv Norling's Suburban World

1954 Honor Guard Parade

On permanent display
Bloomington Old Town Hall Museum
10200 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington

The Minnesota Historical Society exhibit of Irwin Norling's photos moved to Old Town Hall in July 2008 with portions on permanent display.

Irwin Denison Norling was the unofficial city photographer for Bloomington, Minnesota, and suburban America in the 1950s and ’60s. He kept a police scanner nearby -- at his desk, at home and by his bed -- so he could be first at the scene to capture the moment. The Bloomington Police and Fire Departments used his photos in their investigative work.

In 2002, journalist Brad Zellar rediscovered Norling’s negatives in the BHS archives. Zellar selected the best of the images, which are presented for the first time in “Suburban World.” The exhibit and book that  Zellar wrote provide a glimpse into Norling and Bloomington.

The Norling exhibit is a collaboration of the Bloomington Historical Society and the Minnesota Historical Society. We worked hand-in-hand on the book and the exhibit.

Learn more about the Norling Collection.

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