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Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

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Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Engraved bird's-eye view of the wood shop, warehouse, machine shop, dry kilns, and foundry of the Manitowoc Seating Company. Several people pass in front o...

Date: 1924 

Description: View down unpaved street of a large store on the left with three cars parked in front, near an ice cream signboard. There is a house with a balcony in the...

Date: 1939 

Description: Interior view of the Schwartz house.

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Manitowoc Tanneries

Date: 1891 ca.

Description: Composite photograph showing the tanneries of L.M. Sherman and Henry Vits.

Date: 1901 ca.

Description: Construction crew raising a brick building. The structure is entirely surrounded by scaffolding. A large stone piece is being hoisted into place while a wo...

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Vilas-Rahr House

Date: 1975 

Description: The Vilas-Rahr house, now the Rahr Civic Center.

Date: 1939 

Description: Schwartz house exterior with trees in the front.

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Lumber Mill

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Description: Cutover land near a lumber mill. Logs and boards are stacked near the building in the background.

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Rahr Civic Center

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Exterior view of the Rahr Civic Center where the museum of the Manitowoc Historical Society is housed.

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: Exterior view of the Manitowoc Public Library.

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Barn Raising Bee

Date: 1906-11-02 

Description: Group of people assembled in front of and on the frame of a barn being raised at M.T. Cooney's.

Date: 1906 ca.

Description: The Manitowoc County Court House under construction.

Date: 1917 

Description: The Manitowoc County Court House.

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St. Nazianz Church

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Church, probably named St. Nazianz, at least unofficially; no source is quite clear on this. In 1845, Father Ambrose Oschwald, hoping to free his co-relig...

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Description: Exterior view of the Manitowoc County Courthouse featuring a glass dome.

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Bake Oven

Date: 1925-08-24 

Description: An outdoor brick bake oven with utensils alongside. According to the photographer, these were "often used by the early taverns."

Date: 1924 

Description: View from low section of quarry towards the processing plant up a steep rise. Tracks for hauling limestone are on the left near small sheds and a marshy ar...

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Description: Letterhead of the William Rahr Sons' Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, "Maltsters and Roasters", with an elevated view of the company building on one side o...

Date: 1924 

Description: View of the front of the public school, a three-story brick building. Wooden buildings are in the background on the left. In the foreground is a barbed-wir...

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