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Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

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A Log Jam

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Description: A colorized postcard depicting a log jam scene with industrial buildings in the background.

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Description: Exterior view of the Free Library at Wausaukee located above a restaurant.

Date: 1881 

Description: Bird's-eye map of Peshtigo.

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Description: Interior view of the Stephenson Public Library. The library opened in 1903 funded with a gift from Isaac Stephenson of $30,000. Reverse of cardboard backin...

Date: 1936-05-24 

Description: A Wisconsin & Michigan Railroad pulling into the station at Marinette. The conductor on the step has been identified as Ray Campbell.

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Description: Colorized postcard depicting an elevated view looking north down Main Street. There is a streetcar and two horse-drawn vehicles in the foreground.

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Peshtigo Fire Ruins

Date: 1871 

Description: Building destroyed in Peshtigo fire.

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Description: Triptych panoramic view of Marinette lumber district, with M & M Box Company factory in the center.

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Description: Wisconsin Land Economic Inventory mapping crew starting out in the snow for instruction.

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River Scene

Date: 1871 

Description: Scene at river showing fire destruction.

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Hunting Party

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: A group of men stand with rifles at the Echo Lake Hunting Club Camp. Gutted deer hang to cure outside the cabin.

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Description: Interior view of the Stephenson Public Library. Reverse on the cardboard backing reads: "Built 1903, cost $30,000, Patton, Miller, Chicago, arch." In the f...

Date: 1928 ca.

Description: Walter J. Kohler, Sr., (partially hidden, wearing a straw hat and with a flower in his lapel) makes a stop to which he had flown in his airplane, the "Vill...

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Description: Inset of head and shoulders portrait of "Queen Marinette," along with an image of her home, which was one of the earliest houses in Marinette. She was the...

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Description: Several men pose with train No. 5, engine No. 8.

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Description: A bird's-eye view of Marinette looking southwest from the Menominee side of the river.

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Marinette View

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Description: Elevated view of Marinette looking toward the mouth of the river from the tower of City Hall. Fences, fields, and industrial buildings are in the foregroun...

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Description: Interior view of the Stephenson Public Library. In the foreground is a large octagon librarian's desk surrounded by columns. Bookshelves are along the wall...

Date: 1895-09-05 

Description: Matthew H. Stephenson, his wife Julia Hebert Stephenson, and their son William Clinton pose with produce samples from the Menomonee River Boom Company gard...

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