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Historical Essay

Valentine's Callers

The Remarkable History of the Telephone

Learn how Wisconsin resident Richard Valentine's invention would change the world

Date: 1947-03-13 

Description: June D. (Mrs. Sheldon) Wengel serving as a model for a remote flash tripped via a photo-electric cell invented in Madison by Sheldon Wengel and Howard La C...

Date: 1947-01-27 

Description: Dr. John H. Gieselman, osteopathic physician, shown at a microscope. Dr. Gieselman often designed his own diagnostic equipment. He invented a new mechani...

Date: 1933 

Description: Female model posing with a rake next to a reproduction of Cyrus Hall McCormick's first reaper at International Harvester's "Century of Progress" Worlds Fai...

Date: 1863 ca.

Description: A diagram of a table saw, designed and drawn by John Muir.

Historical Object

Limnology Apparatus

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: Apparatus for limnological research conducted at Trout Lake, Wisconsin and elsewhere.

Date: 1946-04-02 

Description: Mr. Mullarkey (probably Leo R. Mullarkey) standing beside Glider Home Laundry and Dry Cleaning Agitator, Washer and steam garment press with Vel Colgate so...

Photograph

Phosphorus Removal

Date: 1950-02-22 

Description: An example of a pilot plant to remove phosphorus from sewage effluent be engineering professors William L. Lea and Gerard A. Rohlich.

Date: 1930 

Description: Still from the feature length motion picuture "Romance of the Reaper" showing a recreation of the demonstration of Cyrus McCormick's reaper of 1831. The fi...

Date: 1931 ca.

Description: Placard for display with replicas of Cyrus McCormick's reaper of 1831. The replicas were produced by the International Harvester Company for the "reaper ce...

Date: 1912 ca.

Description: Dr. A. Rudolph Silverston's vacu-aerial flying machine, as seen from the rear.

Date: 1927 ca.

Description: Front view of "Speck's cotton picker," taken for International Harvester's Engineering Department.

Date: 1929 ca.

Description: A production still for the Fox Hearst film "Romance of the Reaper". The film was produced by International Harvester to celebrate the Reaper Centennial. Ca...

Date: 1946-07-02 

Description: Experimental model steam car, taken from left side, for the Keen Manufacturing Company, located at 2661 East Washington Avenue.

Date: 1876 

Description: A Withington wire binder sits on display inside a building at the Centennial Exposition, the first official World's Fair in the United States.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Rendering of a Thordarson Electical Manufacturing Company product. Chester Thordarson was a Chicago inventor and manufacturer of electical apparatus, famo...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Dr. Edward Ashael Birge reading a sun machine inside a car. In 1875 Dr. Birge first came to teach natural history at the University of Wisconsin, and remai...

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: A man sits behind the wheel of what appears to be an experimental tractor. The location is staged for a photo shoot, with a white cloth hung in front of a...

Date: 1929 ca.

Description: Re-enactors demonstrate a replica of the first reaper built by Cyrus Hall McCormick in 1831. The man raking at the back of the reaper appears to be playing...

Photograph

Wrights' Neighbor

Date: 1909-07-02 

Description: Test flight of the bi-plane invented by Ray Zorn of Dayton, Ohio, who later resided in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

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