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Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

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Barn

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: Old Stone Barn, built by Harrison Reed in 1847.

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Hull House

Date: 1907-10-29 

Description: Black and white postcard of Hull House. The house was built in the Italianate style around 1850. Farm outbuildings are visible in the background. The house...

Date: 1963-09-29 

Description: The Menasha Woodenware plant and water tower on Doty Island from across the Fox River canal, with a small railroad dolly in the foreground.

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Street Scene

Date: 1926-09-17 

Description: Downtown street scene and alley near Commercial and Canal Streets. This image was used in a Circuit Court case.

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Farmer's Course

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Elevated view of a large crowd of women, men and children gathered outside in the snow in front of the Winnebago County School of Agriculture and Domestic...

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: View of horse-drawn carriages and sleds racing down a snowy street lines with storefronts. A large crowd is in the distance.

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Description: Menu for the Faust Supper Club, with a tinted three-quarter view photograph of the restaurant exterior within an abstract lozenge shape.

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Grand Opera House

Date: 2009 ca.

Description: Close-up of Frank Waldo's decorative motifs in the Grand Opera House, featuring morning-glory and ornamental grass.

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City Hall

Date:  date unknown

Description: Front of City Hall.

Date: 1893 ca.

Description: Institutional fire fighting department at the Northern Hospital for the Insane, executing drills on the exterior of the building. Fire fighting equipment i...

Date: 1902 ca.

Description: View from the stage of the audience at the Grand Opera House.

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Description: Interior view of the Elisha D. Smith Library. The library opened in 1898 funded with a gift of $20,000 from E.D. Smith. Lower left of photograph reads: "Va...

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Grand Opera House

Date: 2009 ca.

Description: Close-up of Frank Waldo decorative motif on the proscenium arch in the Grand Opera House. Features a portrait of William Shakespeare flanked by cupids and...

Date: 1888 ca.

Description: Construction workers at the site of the new city hall. William Waters, architect.

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Description: Memohead of the Buckstaff-Edwards Company of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, manufacturers of coffins and caskets and wholesale dealers in caskets and undertaking supp...

Date: 1915 ca.

Description: A view of the Oshkosh Public Museum in the winter months. Formerly the home of Edgar Sawyer. The home was built in 1908 and became a museum in 1924.

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Farmer's Course

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Description: Four men pose on and around a crude wooden platform set up in front of the Winnebago County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy. There is a barrel o...

Date: 1900 ca.

Description: Front view of East Wisconsin Avenue Methodist Church.

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Cottage and Yard

Date:  date unknown

Description: Exterior of one-story building. One of the doorways has been boarded up.

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