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Wire Grass Men

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Photographic postcard of a group of men and boys gathered for a meal in a tent. There are benches along the sides of the table. One man sits on a wooden box at the end. There are pitchers, a bowl and metal coffee pot on the table. The cook, second from right, is wearing a cap and long checkered apron. The caption reads, "Getting busy with the wiregrass men Montello."


Image ID: 106936

Creation Date: 1910 ca.

Creator Name: Unknown

City: Montello

County: Marquette

State: Wisconsin

Collection Name: Bass, Edward A., Dr. : Negatives, photographs, and digital images, circa 1885-1910

Genre: Postcard

Original Format Type: photographic print, b&w

Original Format Number: PH 4562

Original Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.5 inches


Wire grass was harvested from marshland around Montello in the early part of the twentieth century. Factories in Oshkosh (Oshkosh Co. and Waite & Co.), Green Bay (Willow Grass Co.) and St. Paul, MN (Crex Carpet Company) fabricated inexpensive rugs from the grass. Montello photographer and printer Lucy Kaufmann may have created this postcard; she used similar type to label her work.


Agricultural laborers



Clothing and dress

Dinners and dining





Implements, utensils, etc.

Indoor photography

Manners and customs




Portraits, Group



Work clothes



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