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Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

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Date:  date unknown

Description: Interior view of the Thordarson library featuring a massive fireplace with two men posing on either side of it. The building is of stone, with arched windo...

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Porch in the Woods

Date: 1921 

Description: The porch of the Hotz cottage at Europe Lake, furnished with a rustic table, chairs and benches; the table has been set for a meal. The cottage and porch a...

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Country Church

Date: 1925 ca.

Description: Three women pose on the steps of the Baptist Church at Ellison Bay, which has an open bell tower. A car is parked a short distance down the dirt road.

Date:  date unknown

Description: View from shoreline of a large ferry docked at the fishing wharf. A large group of people are standing on the pier, and passengers stand at the rails of th...

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Road in Winter

Date: 1924 

Description: Winter scene with a snow-covered road bordered by stone walls and pillars on Cottage Row Road. Birches and evergreens line the road.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Interior view of the Thordarson library with bookcases and a spectacular chandelier with buffalo horns. The building is of stone, with arched windows.

Date: 1921 

Description: A walkway with rustic railing leads to the Hotz family boathouse on Europe Lake. A well-worn path leads downhill to the water.

Date: 1923 

Description: View from the water of the Hotz family cottage, boathouse, and rustic pier on Europe Lake.

Date: 1923 

Description: A man with a walking stick stands on the shore of frozen Europe Lake. The Hotz boat house and pier are in the background.

Date: 1912 

Description: Cana Island lighthouse is seen in the far distance across the stony shoreline along Lake Michigan.

Date: 1915 ca.

Description: Colorized view of the Sherwood Point Lighthouse.

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Fish Creek Harbor

Date: 1924 ca.

Description: Elevated view of the photographer's son, Ferdinand Leonard (Fedy) sitting on the bluff overlooking Fish Creek Harbor. The old warehouses are seen on the pi...

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Episcopal Church

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: The Episcopal Church with surrounding wire fence and trees.

Date:  date unknown

Description: View from balcony of the interior of the Chester Thordarson boathouse with several tables, upon which are numerous books.

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Description: Interior view of the Sturgeon Bay Public Library. In the room are reading tables, two carved wood columns, a fireplace, bookshelves, and a nine-drawer card...

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Thordarson Estate

Date:  date unknown

Description: Hand-colored view of the Thordarson estate including the boathouse and a stone-paved path with benches.

Date: 1923 

Description: The Hotz boathouse and pier are reflected in the still waters of Europe Lake.

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Tennis Court

Date: 1912 after

Description: The tennis court at the Hotz Fish Creek compound is surrounded by a low stone wall and tall posts. Outside the wall at the far left corner of the lawn is a...

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: A winter scene showing the courthouse, schoolhouse, and Congregational Church, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

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