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Milk Delivery

Date: 1958 

Description: "A sled was used to convey the milk cans. Shown are Ralph Widmer, Bill Breitag, and Ken Reimer."

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Loyd Cheese Factory

Date: 1921 

Description: Exterior of the two-story Loyd Cheese Factory. A barn on the left of the factory features an advertisement for Star Tobacco.

Historical Essay

Dairy Farming in Wisconsin

How Wisconsin Became the Dairy State

Brief history of the dairy industry in Wisconsin.

Date: 1880 

Description: An illustration depicting the cheese factory and dry goods store of J.G. Pickett at Pickett's Station.

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Description: Each Brick of cheese weighs out at approximately 5 pounds. The general rule of thumb is that it takes 10 pounds of milk to produce 1 pound of cheese. A 5 p...

Date: 1952 

Description: Margaret McGuire, the 1948 Alice in Dairyland, offering Wisconsin Cheese to a young boy seated in a boat-shaped display of "Swift's Brookfield Fine Cheese....

Photograph

Cutting the Cheese

Date: 1950 ca.

Description: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture workers cut large blocks of Swiss cheese.

Photograph

Weighing the Curd

Date: 1979-11-07 

Description: Cheesemaker Laurel Ettien, measuring the weight of cheese curd after it was separated from the whey.

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Description: After the curds are leveled off in each form, they are turned so that each side of the Brick is pressed. During the course of the day, each form is turned...

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Description: A man wearing Swiss clothing making cheese in Switzerland.

Speakers Bureau

Joe Kapler is a WHS Museums and Historic Sites member and a member of the Wisconsin Historical Society Speakers Bureau.

Date: 1961-09-19 ca.

Description: View of the Blum Brothers Company factory building. The Blum Brothers Company once manufactured circular cheese boxes. An automobile is parked outside the...

Photograph

Men Retrieving Curd

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Description: Men prepare to retrieve the remainder of the curd from a kettle and add it to the bag.

Date: 1974 

Description: Map of Wisconsin with drawings illustrating historic places and events throughout the state. The Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin appears at the top ri...

Photograph

Grading Cheese

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Description: Cheese being graded by a man with a fedora using a tryor to take a core of cheese.

Date: 1937 

Description: Rooms with bottles, table, canisters and other dairying equipment on the Hazen Pettit farm. Original caption states: "The vat in the foreground is used fo...

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Cheese Factory

Date:  date unknown

Description: Horses and wagons carrying aluminum barrels are standing outside the cheese factory. Workers pause from work to pose. Each worker wears overalls and a hat.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Wisconsin promotional decal with a map of the state, with many cities marked and drawings of some Wisconsin icons: cheese, cows, deer, beer, Wisconsin Dell...

Date: 2007-06-24 before

Description: One-page autographed menu for a six-course food and wine benefit dinner at L'Etoile Restaurant for Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch, a program promoting the use o...

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Description: Each Brick Cheese is packed in an airtight bag. A machine draws all the air out of the bag and a clip is applied. By dipping each package in hot water, the...

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