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Sunday School Picnic at Mendota Steamboat Landing

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Norwegian Sunday School Picnic at Mendota steamboat landing. Small lake steamer "Mendota" could reach speeds of up to 18 mph. The barge "Uncle Sam" was 75ft long by 25ft, and was either towed about the lake or anchored at the picnic grounds at McBrides Point. "The Mendota" made regular trips to Picnic Point, the University, Pheasant Branch, and the Insane Asylum.
DESCRIPTION
Norwegian Sunday School Picnic at Mendota steamboat landing. Small lake steamer "Mendota" could reach speeds of up to 18 mph. The barge "Uncle Sam" was 75ft long by 25ft, and was either towed about the lake or anchored at the picnic grounds at McBrides Point. "The Mendota" made regular trips to Picnic Point, the University, Pheasant Branch, and the Insane Asylum.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:1997
Creation Date: 1879
Creator Name:Dahl, Andreas Larsen, 1844-1923
City:Madison
County:Dane
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Andreas Larsen Dahl photographs, 1870-1880, 1910-1915
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:negative, original
Original Format Number:(D31)582
Original Dimensions:5 x 7 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
This image is part of a larger collection of images created by Andreas Larsen Dahl, a Norwegian immigrant photographer who worked in Dane County, Wisconsin throughout the 1870s and early 1880s. Dahl was, by his own words, an "artist." His early photographs are similar to that of other landscape photographers who traveled the countryside in horse-drawn darkroom vans. Dahl lined up families in front of rural and urban houses. He induced his subjects to haul their parlor possessions out onto the front lawn, creating a family leisure scene in front of their house. Through the course of his career, he chronicled both rural and urban life of Norwegian immigrant families in Dane and surrounding counties. In 1883, he left photography to join the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Seminary. He was ordained as a minister.
SUBJECTS
Trees
Cities and towns
Crowds
Flags
Picnicking
Religion
Boats and boating
Steamboats
Lakes
Shorelines
Outdoor photography

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