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Odd Wisconsin Archive

Chimney Toppers

Victorian farm families frequently had their pictures taken in front of their homesteads to document their pride in what they'd built. Often they even moved their most prized furniture or other possessions out onto the lawn to show them off. These scenes - - hundreds of which were captured by Wisconsin photographer Andreas Dahl - - have a certain reassuring predictability.

But this one defies all conventions. What are those two guys doing on the roof? Children like to stick out their tongues or perform other antics to spoil a formal group photo. But climbing to the chimney tops when the rest of the family's not looking?

If you think you know what's going on in this 1874 photograph, hit the "Email Us" button below.
:: Posted in Bizarre Events on June 14, 2005

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