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Pioneer Sauna | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society


Pioneer Sauna

Pioneer Sauna | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Log cabin-style sauna or steam bath.
Log cabin-style sauna or steam bath.
Image ID:53441
Creation Date: June 1947
Creator Name:Kolehmainen, John
Collection Name:Kolehmainen, John Ilmari, 1910- : Photographs of Finnish settlements in northern Wisconsin, 1947
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:PH 2157
Original Dimensions:3.5 x 5 inches
From the back of the photograph: One of the first, if not the first, buildings to go up was the sauna. While a number of Finns are now building their saunas in the basements of their homes, the sauna with smoke curling upward on Wednesdays and Saturdays remains the hallmark of a Finnish farm. Aleksi Kivi in his great book, Seven Brothers, said this about the sauna: "A farm without a bath-house is no good either from the standpoint of baths or the babies a wife or the farm-hand's women might have. Ay, a smoking bath-house, a barking hound, a crowing cock, and a mewing pussy, these are the signs of a good farm."
Farm buildings
Architectural details

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