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A Greenbelt Town

Read about how the suburban community of Greendale, Wisconsin, was engineered and view photographs documenting its development.

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Description: A group of children and adults at a wading pool in a park.

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Description: Rear view of a trench dug by a ditch digger. A man walks towards the ditch digger from two trucks, one fitted with a crane-like attachment, which are parke...

Date: 1937 ca.

Description: Large group of construction workers walking through neighborhood of houses that are in the middle of being constructed.

Date: 1941-02-11 

Description: A couple, most likely Gerda Wank with Joe Puccetti, in the middle of an ice skating exhibition. The man is holding the woman almost parallel to the ice whi...

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Description: The interior of the sewage treatment plant laboratory. A microscope and many glass beakers are sitting on the counter.

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Description: A man tilling soil on a farm with a tractor. Houses and trees are visible in the background.

Date: 1942-08-15 

Description: A clown entertains three women at a Civilian Defense Rally, two of whom are wearing bonnets and matching dresses. Booths behind the women read "Variety Sto...

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Curtin House

Date: 1936 

Description: North elevation of the Jeremiah Curtin house, located at 8685 West Grange Avenue. This stone and stucco residence was erected in 1835. It has been recogniz...

Date: 1944-07-04 

Description: A line of girls dressed as flowers, probably as part of a Fourth of July "Garden Queen" pageant. The girls are standing in a long line and each of the girl...

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Description: A school teacher reads to elementary school children, who are sitting on the floor in a large, open classroom.

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Description: Rainwater running through a ditch along the side of a paved road. This picture was likely taken as a study of the drainage problems in Greendale.

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Description: A car is parked on a gravel road that stretches to the horizon. Farmhouses, barns, and fields are on both sides of the road. Telephone poles, trees, and a...

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Curtin House

Date: 1935 ca.

Description: View of the Jeremiah Curtin house located at 8685 West Grange Avenue. This stone and stucco residence was erected in 1835. It has been recognized as the b...

Date: 1944-07-04 

Description: Five girls dressed as flowers, probably as part of a Fourth of July "Garden Queen" pageant. The girls are standing in a row and each of the girls has a num...

Date: 1937 ca.

Description: A sketch of an aspect of the waterworks. Text reads "Typical PFT "Downes" Floating Cover Installation."

Date: 1942-08-15 

Description: Slightly elevated view of crowd gathered at a Civilian Defense Rally. Booths are in the background, including a game booth where you can "Deflate The Axis,...

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Street Sign

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Description: A neighborhood street sign at the intersection of Northwood and Azalea Court. Azalea Court is identified as "No thru street." A house with a well-kept yard...

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Description: A painted wooden sign on the side of a tree-lined road that reads "Village of Greendale / Pop. 2615."

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