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Playing with Wagons

Date:  date unknown

Description: Esther Bigalk Clark, Edgar Krueger (on tricycle), Jennie Krueger, and Josie Bigalk Wendorf playing with wagons, dolls and a toy wheelbarrow outdoors.

Historical Essay

1957 Soap Box Derby Racer

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

"Soap box" coaster car operated by Van Steiner in the All-American Soap Box Derby in 1957. (Museum object # 2009.56.1)


Description: A group of children, part of Highlander Folk School's nursery, making a train with wooden crates.

Date: 1915 ca.

Description: Richard "Dick" Lloyd Jones and his sister Florence Lloyd Jones (Bis or Bisser) each sit in separate coaster wagons.

Date: 1893 ca.

Description: Winter scene with four students from the Wisconsin Industrial School for Boys standing outside on the snow-covered school grounds.

Date: 1916 

Description: Picnic on the shores of Basswood Island, Apostle Islands. Those picnicking include Harriet Webb, C.A. Hull, H.W. Rodgers, Mrs. J. Austin, Elizabeth Baker,...


Description: Two young girls play on a seesaw (teeter totter) in a yard near stacks of fuel wood.


Dick in Sandbox

Date: 1914 ca.

Description: Richard "Dick" Lloyd Jones in a sandbox with a toy train car.


Central Ward School

Date:  date unknown

Description: Exterior of Central Ward School, a brick building featuring a central colonnaded tower. Children can be seen near the playground outside the school.


Kiddie Camp Fair

Date: 1934-07-29 

Description: Children in costume as king, queen and attendants at the Kiddie Camp Fair.

Date: 1952-06-24 

Description: Left to right: Bruce Orchard, Terry Ann Reimann, and Terrance Vau Dell have snacks at the Shorewood Hills Play School, a summer recreation program at Shor...

Date: 1938-08-30 

Description: Children line up at the entrance to the Superior Bookmobile trailer. Other children ride bicycles and play in a playground in the background. The original...

Date: 1945-05-28 

Description: Mrs. Joseph P. O'Brien, 1627 Jefferson Street, with her two daughters, playing in Vilas Park. Pictured left to right: Sharon Anne 2 1/2, and Mary Kay 1, wh...

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Duncan Butterfly yo-yo manufactured by the Flambeau Corporation, Baraboo, Wisconsin, 1988-1995. (Museum object #2001.83.13)

Date:  date unknown

Description: Two Ho-Chunk girls wearing print dresses, two nude Ho-Chunk boys, and a dog scratching itself are on a dirt or sand pile in front of a marsh. The boys prob...


Teeter Totter

Date: 1971-09-12 

Description: Children fashioned their seesaw using a board, and a barricade with a sign that says, "Road Closed," that they found in an empty lot.

Date: 1906 

Description: Philp La Follette, Mary La Follette, and Robert La Follette, Jr. playing in costume in the front yard of their home. Phil wears a top hat and long coat. Ro...


Amish Auction

Date: 1994-07 

Description: "Amish children romp at an Amish auction."

Date: 1939-09 

Description: Children play on a playground while a teacher watches from the porch of a one-room schoolhouse. The school building is still located in Grant County, on Hi...

Date: 1915 

Description: Boys demonstrate acrobatic skills on the grounds of their summer camp.

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