On a high shelf under a stack of age-old maps and scrapbooks, we came across a little old album. There were just under 50 photos neatly arranged on black paper, framed by captions and comments written in white. The album appears to have been put together by a woman named Johnson. The photos provide us with a warm and intimate portrait of our city a century ago. Many of the names and places will be familiar to local history buffs and anybody who was ever paged through Helen Blodgett’s “Robbinsdale, Then…And Now” or Pete Richie’s “Images of America: Robbinsdale”. When the album was put together in 1914, the Village of Robbinsdale had a population of about 800. Johnson appears to have been friendly with quite a few of the town’s early settlers and their families. The photos wonderfully convey the warmth of the community. Robbinsdale has been through so many changes over the past 100 years, but some of these houses are still standing and we are all still neighbors. Clicking on the images below will bring up a caption and a larger view.