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Letterheads: Promotions on Paper, 1850s-1975 - Image Gallery Essay

Before email and texting, custom-designed letterheads were a universal way of proclaiming who you were. See more than 300 images of this branding method.

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A Hand-Book for the Homeseeker

Read about the dream of successful farming in northern Wisconsin in 1895.

Discover the works of Austrian artist Franz Hölzlhuber, who documented Wisconsin scenery through watercolor.

Black-and-white photographs taken and printed by Civil War-era photographer George N. Barnard.

Larger Than Life Images of Animals and Produce

Learn about the tall-tale postcard industry and the career of photographer Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr.

The Extinction of a Species

Read about how the species of passenger pigeons became extinct. Follow links to short essays on the topic and view a collection of images.

Madison's Settlement House

Images of Madison's only settlement house, Neighborhood House, from 1916 until the 1960.

Jim Widmer's 'Spirit of Rural Wisconsin,' Part I

Jim Widmer's photographs of Theresa, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee's First Photojournalist

Read about the life and career of photojournalist John Robert Taylor, who captured the spirit of Milwaukee through photographs in the early 20th century.

An album of 32 unusual photographs taken in 1905 of graduates of Menomonie High School in Dunn County.

Discover Madison's Kehl School of Dance through photographs of the performers, public events, dance studio, and other images.
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About Our Image Galleries

Image galleries feature selections from visual materials in the Society's Archives. They reflect the wide range of subjects, photographers, and collections available for research. Each gallery is introduced by an essay to provide historical context and background.

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