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Historical Essay

Early Two-Piece Bathing Suit

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Two-piece bathing suit worn by Lois Nelson of Racine, Wisconsin, c. 1947. (Museum object #2003.113.6A-B)

Date: 1904 

Description: Formal seated portrait of Belle Case La Follette, the wife of Robert M. La Follette, Sr., and her two sons, Robert M. La Follette, Jr., (standing) and Phil...

Date: 1887 ca.

Description: Group studio portrait in front of a painted background. Catherine Orb Seipp, seated at left, poses with her children. From left: Conrad, Clara, Emma (stand...

Date: 1949 

Description: LaVonne Hermann of Mount Horeb, the 1949 Alice in Dairyland, is shown in a formal pose, wearing her crown.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Three women stand on the shore in front of the steamer Barker at Devil's Island natural dock.

Date: 1968 ca.

Description: Two women, one holding a bag and one pushing a baby carriage, walk together across the cobbled path of Carl Schurz park. An approaching pedestrian and the...

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Description: Two women in fancy hats and summer dresses are sitting in a horse-drawn cart which has flower bedecked wheels and seat. One of the woman has an umbrella. I...

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Two women surrounded by flowers in the Philippines. They are wearing "voluminous blouses of a sheer material," as Carrie Chapman Catt describes in her jour...

Date: 1940-09-25 

Description: Interior view of Manchester's Department Store, 2-6 East Mifflin Street, second floor remodeling, looking past hats to Coats & Furs and Dresses Departments...

Date: 1948-11-11 

Description: The University of Wisconsin Women's Self-Government Association sponsors a style show as a benefit for the Campus Community Chest. Three of the models are,...

Date: 1919 

Description: Seated on an antique chest, Elsie Ferguson models a light colored gown, and beside her is a fur-trimmed watered-silk wrap. The French fashion house Callot...

Date:  date unknown

Description: A fashionably-attired Billie (Violet) Sidell poses seated on the front fender of an automobile, which appears to be parked on a bridge.

Date:  date unknown

Description: African American vegetable vendor with a large basket of vegetables balanced on her head.

Photograph

Bethesda Springs

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Description: A large group of well-dressed people are gathered around a gazebo at Besthesda Springs.

Date: 1967-04-14 

Description: Vel Phillips is behind the podium in a dress. She is reaching out her hand for Bernice Lindsay, who is wearing a coat and a hat. An unidentified person is...

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Description: Woman wearing a fur stole, and posed standing on a board sidewalk.

Photograph

Mrs. Merkle

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Description: Full-length studio portrait of Mrs. Merkle, wearing a frilly white dress with lace at hem, cuffs, and neckline.

Date: 1905 

Description: Formal, full-length portrait in front of a painted backdrop of Belle Case La Follette, the wife of Robert M. La Follette, Sr. Although the negative jacket...

Date: 1957-04-26 

Description: At a "We Saw You" fashion show, Miriam Hauri (left), Joan Faust, and Joanne Schoepp model pajamas they made. The girls were Middleton High School students.

Date: 1950 ca.

Description: A girl draws a design on a blouse worn by a mannequin while a woman observes her progress.

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