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Historical Essay

Automobile Culture

Wisconsin and the Invention of the Car

Discover how Wisconsin's influence on the automobile and tourist culture.

Date: 1970 

Description: View looking down hill towards an International school bus with a Wayne body parked outside a building, surrounded by a marching band posing on the front s...

Date: 1970 

Description: Cheerleaders surround an International school bus with Wayne body parked on a football field. A band sits in the bleachers behind the bus.

Date: 1960 

Description: Color photo of the Universal Engineer Armored Tractor. This vehicle provides the United States Army, Corps of Engineers, with protected mobility and suppor...


ABC Tractor

Date: 1958 

Description: Three-quarter view from front of an ABC tractor. The original caption reads, "In April 1958, the United States Army, Corps of Engineers, awarded Internatio...

Date: 1967 

Description: Color photograph of an International M-1500 Metro school bus parked in a parking lot.

Date: 1913 ca.

Description: Side view of right side of an International bus used by the Smith Transfer Co. The front of the bus is open and a person can be partially seen sitting in t...

Date: 1970 

Description: Men and boys in baseball uniforms walk out of a dugout to board a Wayne school bus parked inside a baseball stadium.

Date: 1963 

Description: Color illustration of a school bus driver steering an International Schoolmaster school bus past a residence. The text on the illustration reads, "Internat...

Historical Essay

Nash Ambassador Automobile

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

1948 Ambassador sedan, manufactured by the Nash Motors Division of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation, Kenosha, WI, 1947-1948. (Museum object #1992.156)

Date: 1967 

Description: Color photograph of an International M-1200 Metro school bus.

Date: 1959-01-12 

Description: Mike Gilomen, an employee of Capital Auto Body, applies a state patrol decal to the side of the first American Motors Ambassador to be added to the patrol'...

Date: 1960 

Description: Three-quarter view from front of the light version of a Universal Engineer Tractor. The original caption reads, "Here is how the unarmored UET appeared."

Date: 1960 

Description: The original caption reads, "The Universal Engineer Tractor never turns down a job. Bulldozing ability was designed in and built into this vehicle. Self-lo...

Date: 1973 ca.

Description: Color photograph of two children and a dog standing in the driveway of a residence while an International bus with Carpenter body passes by. The side of th...

Date: 1952 

Description: Three-quarter view from the front left side of a man sitting in the driver's seat of an International L-112 Travelall.

Date: 1912 ca.

Description: Side view from front of the left side of an International bus used by the Portsmouth & Union Mills Auto Bus Line. There is a luggage rack on the roof.

Date: 1958 ca.

Description: Illustration of children boarding an International R-line school bus.

Date: 1922-10-19 

Description: Right side view of a circa 1922 International Harvester bus. The side of the bus reads: "West Suburban Transportation Co. Cicero, Berwyn, Riverside, Lyons,...

Promotions on Paper, 1850s-1975

Custom-designed letterheads were a universal way of proclaiming who you were. Historical letterheads are prime examples of early branding.
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