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Feb. 9, 2022

Izzy’s Funny Valentine

Marilyn Ann Tollefson

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This episode is called “Izzy’s Funny Valentine” and it’s about Marilyn Ann Tollefson. It is episode one of season two: Single Barrel Edition.


Volsteadland is a podcast about the seedy underworld of the 1920s and 30s in Minneapolis. Each episode we chose a story from that era to present to you. This time Amy is covering the life of Marilyn Ann Tollefson, the woman who at one time, loved Isadore Blumenfeld then ultimately took him down.


Happy Valentine’s Day, we hope your Valentine is truer to you than either of these people were to each other.

Content warning: story about dick pics. (PG13) and sex work.



Hosts: Amy and Heather

Theme Music: "The Last Prayer (to Isadore Blumenfeld)" by Paolo For Lee


Background Music: "The Velvets" (instrumental version) by Cannelle


Voiceover Marilyn Ann Tollefson: Melissa Oliveri

Artwork for this episode: Amoreena Farrell


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Melissa Oliveri

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Melissa is a musician, author, podcast creator and a friend. She and her experiences in Amy's former home, are the reason Volsteadland exists.