Middleton Railroad Crossing | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Middleton Railroad Crossing

DESCRIPTION

Elevated view of several men, some of whom may be railroad workers, posing in front of a Minnesota and St. Paul wood-burning engine at a train crossing. The town post office and other structures can be seen behind the train. Station master, Samuel Barber, is fifth from left.

RECORD DETAILS

Image ID: 1913

Creation Date: 1873 

Creator Name: Dahl, Andreas Larsen, 1844-1923

City: Middleton

County: Dane

State: Wisconsin

Collection Name: Andreas Larsen Dahl photographs, 1870-1880, 1910-1915

Genre: Photograph

Original Format Type: negative, original

Original Format Number: (D31)642

Original Dimensions: 7 x 5 inches

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This image is part of a larger collection of images created by Andreas Larsen Dahl, a Norwegian immigrant photographer who worked in Dane County, Wisconsin throughout the 1870s and early 1880s. Dahl was, by his own words, an "artist." His early photographs are similar to that of other landscape photographers who traveled the countryside in horse-drawn darkroom vans. Dahl lined up families in front of rural and urban houses inducing his subjects to haul their parlor possessions out onto the front lawn, creating a family leisure scene in front of their house. Through the course of his career, he chronicled both rural and urban life of Norwegian immigrant families in Dane and surrounding counties. In 1883, he left photography to join the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Seminary to be ordained as a minister.

SUBJECTS

Architecture, Domestic

Cities and towns

Clothing and dress

Locomotives

Men

Outdoor photography

Railroad crossings

Railroads

Traffic signs and signals

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