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A Pictorial History of Victorian Wisconsin


Annie and Henry Schildhauer and friends pause while on a bike ride in Madison, Wisconsin, 1898
WHI 68012

The Annie Schildhauer collection provides an intimate look at family, architecture, interiors and fashion in Victorian Wisconsin (between 1885 and 1900). Public interest in photography grew exponentially during those years. Previous conventions established the practice as mere documentation, however with its growing popularity photography gradually grew into a new venue of artistic interpretation. Technological advancements such as the transition from glass plates to flexible film prompted simpler methods and smaller cameras, which paved the way for many individuals, men and women, to dabble in the new art of photography. One of those women who took an avid interest in photography was Annie Sievers Schildhauer.

:: Posted February 22, 2010

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