The Rise of Skilled Manufacturing

Between 1870 and 1900 the United States became the world's foremost industrial nation, emerging as the leader in meatpacking, timber and steel production as well as in mining. The nation experienced a stunning growth in the scale and pace of industrial production, which transformed business, the environment, the workplace, the home, and everyday life. In Wisconsin, early manufacturing was primarily extractive - - removing raw materials such as fur, lumber, and lead from the landscape and processing them for market. In contrast, by 1860 Milwaukee had become a center of modern manufacturing - - creating finished consumer goods from those... more...

Original Documents and Other Primary Sources

Link to article: How aluminum becomes Mirro cookwareHow aluminum becomes Mirro cookware
Link to article: The Sheboygan Press covers the strike in Kohler, 1934The Sheboygan Press covers the strike in Kohler, 1934
Link to article: A tariff advocate seeks worker support, 1880A tariff advocate seeks worker support, 1880
Link to artifacts: A gas powered tractor for small-scale farmersA gas powered tractor for small-scale farmers
Link to artifacts: Parker Pen trim latheParker Pen trim lathe
Link to book: A bathing suit catalog from Gimbel Brothers of MilwaukeeA bathing suit catalog from Gimbel Brothers of Milwaukee
Link to book: Annual summaries of Milwaukee industry, 1919-1929Annual summaries of Milwaukee industry, 1919-1929
Link to book: A history of aluminum manufacturing in ManitowocA history of aluminum manufacturing in Manitowoc
Link to book: The history and making of Holeproof HosieryThe history and making of Holeproof Hosiery
Link to book: Three new flour mills open in Superior in 1893Three new flour mills open in Superior in 1893
Link to book: A trip through an instrument factory in Elkhorn, 1920A trip through an instrument factory in Elkhorn, 1920
Link to book: A colorful and opinionated guide to Milwaukee businesses, 1877A colorful and opinionated guide to Milwaukee businesses, 1877
Link to book: Kimberly-Clark Company celebrates its history, 1922.Kimberly-Clark Company celebrates its history, 1922.
Link to book: A Labor Day souvenir from the 1900 celebrationA Labor Day souvenir from the 1900 celebration
Link to book: The many products of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, 1948The many products of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, 1948
Link to book: A catalogue of industries from Milwaukee's Industrial Exposition in 1881A catalogue of industries from Milwaukee's Industrial Exposition in 1881
Link to book: The National Labor Relations Board tries to settle the Kohler strike, 1934The National Labor Relations Board tries to settle the Kohler strike, 1934
Link to book: Kohler workers strike for Union recognitionKohler workers strike for Union recognition
Link to book: Susan Frackelton's manual on ceramic arts, 1886Susan Frackelton's manual on ceramic arts, 1886
Link to book: Kohler: A place to work and live (1920)Kohler: A place to work and live (1920)
Link to book: The Kohler Company celebrates industrial progress, 1934The Kohler Company celebrates industrial progress, 1934
Link to book: Catalog of outboard motor manufacturer Evinrude, 1929.Catalog of outboard motor manufacturer Evinrude, 1929.
Link to book: A look at Wisconsin industry on the eve of the DepressionA look at Wisconsin industry on the eve of the Depression
Link to book: A guide to Milwaukee's commercial industries, 1882A guide to Milwaukee's commercial industries, 1882
Link to book: A Depression-era quilt design catalog from Walworth, Wis.A Depression-era quilt design catalog from Walworth, Wis.
Link to book: An 1888 milling catalogue from the Allis CompanyAn 1888 milling catalogue from the Allis Company
Link to images: Toy carriages and wagons from a Sheboygan factory, 1873-1875Toy carriages and wagons from a Sheboygan factory, 1873-1875
Link to images: Images of the Winther Motor Truck CompanyImages of the Winther Motor Truck Company
Link to images: Advertisements for farm equipmentAdvertisements for farm equipment
Link to images: Photographs of automobile manufacturing in Wisconsin, 1905-1968.Photographs of automobile manufacturing in Wisconsin, 1905-1968.
Link to images: Photographs of Wisconsin workers and factories, 1900-1909Photographs of Wisconsin workers and factories, 1900-1909
Link to manuscript: Papers of ceramic artist Susan Frackelton, 1882-1953.Papers of ceramic artist Susan Frackelton, 1882-1953.
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