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Gifts from Wisconsin Historical Images

The Ingenues, an all-girl band and vaudeville act, serenading the cows in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Barn in a scientific test of whether the cows would give more milk to the soothing strains of music, August 1930
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It's the gift-giving season! Wisconsin Historical Images make great personal gifts for everyone on your list — naughty or nice. With more than 3 million images from a variety of sources that document the entertainment, social, economic, and political history of Wisconsin and the nation, you're sure to find an abundance of images that will please even the Ebenezer Scrooge on your list. Our collections include images specific to agriculture, domestic life, education, ethnic groups, Native Americans, notable personalities, political activity, recreation, transportation, wars, work and geographic views. Who knows? You might even find an image with personal meaning relative to your own history, such as a picture of your house or a family member.

Some Perennial Favorites

Browse the online collections for some of our most popular images (such as the 1930s-era female band sereneding cows in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Barn above):

Image Gallery Archives

For a more in-depth search, visit our Wisconsin Historical Images gallery archives, including more than 75 image galleries featuring such wide-ranging topics as A Century of Aviation, American History Through Christmas Cards, H.H. Bennett — Photographer, Let's Go to the Circus, Larger Than Life — Tall-Tale Postcards and Wisconsin at Play, just to name a few.

Start Shopping

Just visit Wisconsin Historical Images to start shopping. Use the search feature to search for more images, and visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about ordering images and specific pricing information. Happy holidays from the Wisconsin Historical Society!

:: Posted December 1, 2011

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