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History of the U.S. Social Security Act - Image Gallery Essay

Browse images about the formation of the U.S. Social Security Act, selected from the collections of federal employees Witte, Altmeyer, Cohen and Wickenden.

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Promotions on Paper, 1850s-1975

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

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Architectural photographs of the restored opera houses of Wisconsin.

Images of Pawling & Harnischfeger Electric Cranes

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Increase Lapham's Cartes-de-visite Collection

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Images of a Milwaukee Manufacturing Powerhouse

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A Historical Look at Service Stations

Photographs of Wisconsin gas stations portray the development of service station architecture.

Milwaukee's First Photojournalist

Read about the life and career of photojournalist John Robert Taylor, who captured the spirit of Milwaukee through photographs in the early 20th century.
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About Our Image Galleries

Image galleries feature selections from visual materials in the Society's Archives. They reflect the wide range of subjects, photographers, and collections available for research. Each gallery is introduced by an essay to provide historical context and background.

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