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Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

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Hotel Majestic

Date: 1927 ca.

Description: Hotel Majestic. An advertisement on the back reads, "Located on intersection of Highways 19 and 67. Situated in beautiful Lake Region of Wisconsin. Boat...

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Boathouse and Boats

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: View of a boathouse across from Edgerton Flats with a row of boats in front of the building. Two men stand on the pier.

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Optenberg Pharmacy

Date:  date unknown

Description: Interior view of the Optenberg Pharmacy. On the left is a large candy counter, including a Russell Stover Candies display. A curved soda fountain counter i...

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Lake La Belle

Date:  date unknown

Description: View across Lake La Belle towards far shoreline.

Date: 1965 

Description: This map shows wards, schools and public buildings, and polling places. The map includes a street index. Lac La Belle, Fowler Lake, and Oconomowoc Lake are...

Date: 1963-07-04 

Description: A restored 19th century circus wagon travels down a commercial road on a trailer during a parade. The 25-piece circus parade traveled from Circus World Mus...

Date: 1939 ca.

Description: St. Mary's in the Field, an Episcopal church "located at the northwest corner of the intersection of highways 67 and 18. It is just east of the former Van...

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Description: Interior view of the Oconomowoc Public Library. The library was funded by a combined gift of $4,500 from Mrs. Geo Bullen and Mr. P. D. Armour, Sr. Photogra...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Zion Episcopal Church.

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Street Corner

Date: 1915 ca.

Description: Clipping from Oconomowoc Enterprise. Image of street corner includes shops, and people. One sign reads: "Wilsey and Snyder."

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"Sunnybank"

Date: 1870 ca.

Description: A large, white brick building is in the middle center, surrounded by trees. A smaller white building is in the right background. In front of the building...

Date: 1880 

Description: Lakeside lawn set up for croquet game and garden pavilion at the estate, "Sunnybank." A man sits in the grass with two children. On the right in the backgr...

Date: 1860 ca.

Description: Stereograph of the Townsend House boathouse across a lake.

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Church

Date: 1895 ca.

Description: Exterior of church.

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Draper Hall

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Exterior of Draper Hall.

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Earling Residence

Date: 1925 ca.

Description: Earling residence, home of A.J. Earling, president of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad.

Date: 1939 ca.

Description: Holy Innocents Protestant Episcopal Church "at the northeast corner of the intersection of Highway 16 with a road which goes north and south from Delafield...

Date: 1950 ca.

Description: This photocopy of a manuscript map shows sectional township grid, hydrography, and acreages as they appeared in 1836. The township lines surveyed by Mullet...

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