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View a pictorial review of the Wisconsin State Fair from 1851 when it began.

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Motorcycle Race

Date:  date unknown

Description: A crowd watches as a motorcycle racer prepares to cross the finish line. Although unidentified, the race is thought to take place at the State Fair Grounds...

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WPA Exhibit

Date: 1937 

Description: Opening ceremonies for a Work Progress Administration (WPA) exhibit at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Actor William Boyd, better known as Hopalong Cassidy, with two pairs of twins entered in the twin competition at the Wisconsin State Fair. None of the chil...

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Bardahl Pit Crew

Date:  date unknown

Description: The Bardahl car's pit crew watches the action during an automobile race at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds.

Date: 1948-08 

Description: Alice in Dairyland, Margaret McGuire, speaks into a WHA microphone in the Dairy Building at the Wisconsin Centennial State Fair. She is surrounded by a cro...

Date: 1948 

Description: Letterhead for the centennial exposition of the Wisconsin State Fair, with an illustration of the golden Daniel Chester French "Wisconsin" statue that ador...

Date: 1948-08 ca.

Description: Margaret McGuire, Alice in Dairyland, sitting in chair decorated with fabric and flower on a float in a parade. She is wearing a light colored, full-length...

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Salesman at Fair

Date: 1948-08 ca.

Description: A large crowd has gathered to hear a carnival barker sell bottles of something at the Wisconsin Centennial Exposition. Cure-all-pills? Snake-oils? No sign...

Date: 1983-06-23 

Description: Aimee Weiss(left), 10, and Darby Cusick, 11, both of Elm Grove, take a spin Thursday on one of the rides at Wirth Park.

Date:  date unknown

Description: A group of African American children drinking from water fountains, or bubblers as they are frequently known in Milwaukee, at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Date: 1958-08-20 

Description: A straw hatted fairgoer from Oshkosh clutched Republican leaflets as he tried to straighten out State Senator Gaylord Nelson on world affairs. Nelson, Demo...

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Tire Trouble

Date: 1954-08-30 ca.

Description: The pit crew signals their driver that his vehicle is exhibiting tire trouble and that he should come in for servicing.

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Men Erecting Tent

Date: 1948-08 ca.

Description: Two men are pounding a tent stake into the ground at the State Fair Park. Behind them are excavating machinery, automobiles and permanent structures associ...

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Sheep Shearing

Date: 1948-08 ca.

Description: Two men sheering sheep on a stage surrounded by a crowd of fair-goers, possibly in a competition at the Wisconsin Centennial Exposition.

Date: 1952 

Description: Beverly Steffen, the 1952 Alice in Dairyland, stands beside a cow at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Date: 1912-08-28 

Description: A contract letter written on Curtiss Exhibition Co. stationery addressed to John Kaminski of Milwaukee. It offers him a contract to fly at an exhibition at...

Date: 1949 

Description: Letterhead for the Wisconsin State Fair, with a landscape of red abstract shapes along the bottom and left-hand side of the page.

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Midway Scene

Date: 1936 ca.

Description: Midway performer (left) at the Wisconsin State Fair and an audience, primarily boys and men listening to an unseen speaker.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Crowds jam the midway at the Wisconsin State Fair.

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