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An intimate look at family, architecture, interiors and fashion in Victorian Wisconsin between 1885 and 1900

Learn about the lives of upper-middle class Wisconsinites in the Victorian period between 1885 and 1900.


Memorial Day

Date: 1953-05-30 

Description: Madison observed Memorial Day with a parade and three memorial services. A Memorial Day address by Assemblyman Elmer L. Genxmer was followed by a wreath ce...

Date: 1901 ca.

Description: Gallery 405 in the museum of the State Historical Society. Interior showing paintings on the walls, and a skylight in the ceiling.

Date: 1886 

Description: Panoramic drawing of Madison, looking from the University toward the Wisconsin State Capitol. Among the locations identified along the border of the image...


Panorama of Madison

Date: 1930 ca.

Description: Panoramic elevated view to the east from the Capitol Square.


Shooting Session

Date: 1962 ca.

Description: John Newhouse, staff photographer for the "Wisconsin State Journal," in a “shooting session” with model Jean Harris. Ms. Harris is, for some unexplained re...

Date: 1902 

Description: Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hobbins smile at one another and hold hands as a full-length wedding portrait is taken. She is standing, and he is sitting in a chair on...

Date: 1959-01-06 

Description: Nakoma's Twelfth Night Party featured the historical pageantry of the Twelfth Night tradition. Dr. James Griffin, billed as "Madison's most interesting boa...

Date: 1948 

Description: Elevated view of University of Wisconsin-Madison's upper campus from Lincoln Terrace down Bascom Hill. The Wisconsin State Capitol can be seen in the dista...

Date: 1908 

Description: A detail of a Madison Sanborn map that includes the University of Wisconsin Boat House, UW Gymnasium & Armory (The Red Gym), fraternity houses, and the YMC...

Date: 1960-03-15 

Description: Working on plans for the annual dinner meeting of the Wisconsin Alumni Club of Madison are Anya Castle, Dorothy Curreri, Mary Mohs, and Jean Johnson. The s...

Date: 1870 ca.

Description: Stereograph of a room in Ole Bull's Madison residence, where he lived after marrying Sara Chapman Thorp in 1870. The room is furnished with chairs, a table...

Date: 1953-06-15 

Description: Fritz Wegner, left, director of Madison's Boys Baseball program, watches the action at Vilas park with some of the boys.


Oak Lodge

Date:  date unknown

Description: Exterior view of Oak Lodge near Lake Mendota, with a man and two women posing on the front porch. It was owned by Caroline Fitch, Ann Stewart, and Jessie V...

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: Elevated view looking over Camp Randall to the University of Wisconsin campus taken from a home at 216 Campbell Street. Seen are Hiram Smith Hall, Dean Hen...

Date: 1960-08-10 

Description: Madison firemen from Station No. 3 at 1217 Williamson Street, along with their wives, took 32 handicapped children to the Braves-Los Angeles baseball game...


Franklin Trostle

Date: 1930 ca.

Description: Madison Police Chief Frank Trostle. Trostle served as police chief from 1925-1930.

Date: 1959-06-21 

Description: Winnie Neil Chapman and Betsy Paddock pitch a tent in preparation for the Girl Scout Round-Up in Colorado.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Portrait in front of a painted backdrop of Bradford and Alice Gillett, Sherwin Gillett's uncle and aunt. There is a framed portrait of two children on a ta...


Description: Charles Kendall Adams, president of the University of Wisconsin from 1892 to 1902, posing on a porch with five students. Below the window on the porch is a...

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