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Description: Two young girls play on a seesaw (teeter totter) in a yard near stacks of fuel wood.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Man standing on bluff with Mississippi River far below in the background.

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Boys undressing to go swimming in the Mississippi River. Alma, Wisconsin is across the river in the background.

Photograph

Old Eagle Brewery

Date: 1931-09 

Description: Exterior view of the building used by Eagle Brewing.

Date: 1885 ca.

Description: Abraham Schmocker, a "hermit" who lived in "Stumptown" near Alma, seated on a bench outside his log cabin, holding a kitty. He was a Swiss immigrant, arriv...

Date: 1899-04-06 

Description: Street view showing Alma Milling Co. building on fire. Photograph was taken from Gerhard Gesell's studio balcony.

Date: 1893 

Description: Studio portrait of Gerhard Gesell's five children (l to r: Arnold, Bertha, Robert, Gerhard, and Wilma) posed around a Christmas tree with their gifts.

Photograph

Night Hunters

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: Studio portrait in front of a painted backdrop of two hunters, Jacob Gross, sitting and holding a lantern, and Henry Herold, standing and holding a rifle a...

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Description: Six young women posing playfully beneath a bench.

Date: 1910 

Description: Main Street looking north. "Hotel and Saloon" on the right side, along with other buildings down the right and left side. Main Street is a dirt road. Th...

Photograph

Bartenders

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Description: Bartender couple pose behind bar at Rose's Bright Spot on Highway 35, south of Fountain City.

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: A railroad section crew poses with a handcar on the trestle spanning the Buffalo River, north of Alma, Wisconsin.

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: Composite layout combining family portraits with local views. Probably the family of Gerhard Gesell in Alma.

Date: 1886 ca.

Description: View of the Mississippi River from Alma. Text reads "Mississippi River. Ice Palace and Cyclone Views."

Rural Wisconsin

View the landscapes of rural Wisconsin through the eyes of photographer Paul Vanderbilt.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Two men posing on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River at Fountain City. Fountain Brewery is visible at bottom right.

Date: 1910 

Description: Southward view down the dirt Main Street, looking towards a house, two churches, and a grove of trees.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Studio portrait in front of a painted backdrop of two of the Gesell boys in a baseball pose.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Alma from across the Mississippi River. Steamer 'U.S. General Barnard" is at a landing.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Lumber raft in the water near the shoreline with two paddle wheel steamboats and a bluff in the distance.

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