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Stringing Tobacco

Date: 1938-09 

Description: A farmer stringing tobacco somewhere in southern Wisconsin.

From Sacred Calumets to Ashtrays

Discover the important role that tobacco and the Peace Pipe have played throughout Wisconsin's history.

Date: 1935-04-26 

Description: Drawing submitted to the State of Wisconsin for trademark registration. The drawing includes the word "Progressive" in blue and white letters over the shap...

Date: 1939 

Description: Field workers gathering and spearing cut tobacco leaves.

Date: 1902 

Description: This map shows the railroads of southern Wisconsin with the routes of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway traced in red. The township grid, counti...


Playing Cards

Date: 1906-12 

Description: Sarah Krueger and Henry Bigalk playing cards at a table set up outdoors next to the porch. Henry is smoking a pipe and has a large bottle of alcohol sticki...


Tobacco Planting

Date: 1960 ca.

Description: A young man in the foreground examines tobacco leaves. Two boys sit on a tractor attachment in the background.

Browse a gallery of cigarette advertising trade cards from the 1870s to 1940s.


Tobacco Harvest


Description: Men in field with tobacco on wagon and barn in background. Lewis Dahl's tobacco harvest in back of his father's home (Nels Dahl).

Date: 1937-09-21 

Description: A man opens the rear door of an International truck used by Spheeris Brothers Inc. The original caption reads, "Model D2, 125" W.B. - 6.00 - 16 tires." Th...


Street Scene

Date: 1930 ca.

Description: View of a downward-sloping street with small shops on either side. Signs on the left advertise, "Model Smoking Tobacco" and "Hood's Ice Cream," and "L.R....


Smoking Pipes

Date: 1906-12-26 

Description: Alexander Krueger, August Krueger, and Henry Bigalk sitting on the front porch smoking pipes. August sits on a chair holding the bag of tobacco, while the...


Tobacco Field

Date: 1929-08-24 

Description: Farmer standing in tobacco field, with crop ready to harvest.


Description: Three people standing in a tobacco field. There are trees in background.

Date: 1874 ca.

Description: Tobacco field in foreground, with haystacks, barn with cupola, nad house with people standing in front of it. Other small wood farm buildings are in the ba...

Date: 1946-12-16 

Description: Piggly Wiggly store tobacco display with cans of Prince Albert and George Washington brands in cans.

Date: 1945-02-07 

Description: Naval clerk selling Old Gold cigarettes to a trainee at the U.S. Naval Training School (Radio) ship's store in the University of Wisconsin athletic stadium...

Date: 1906-12 

Description: Double exposure image of Henry Bigalk playing cards with himself at a table placed outside next to the porch. Alcohol bottles, cards, a mug, and a bag of t...

Historical Essay

Ojibwe Presentation Pipe

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Ojibwe pipe presented to Wisconsin territorial governor James Duane Doty, 1844. (Museum object #1955.399,A)


Description: Trade card of H. Rolfs Cigar Manufacturing Co. of Milwaukee advertising their Golden Horn cigars. The card depicts a cartoon-like drummer with the caption...

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