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Fake Lakes

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | February 18, 2021

This humorous postcard made in 1985 depicts a map of fictional lakes. It was made by Eric Hanson Designs of Minneapolis.
It reads: "Another wonderfully unreliable map by Eric Hanson. This time of Lake Country with detailed directions to our cabin, guaranteed NOT to get you there."