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State Fair Side Show Attractions

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Description: State Fair barker announcing side show attractions to a crowd of children, featuring "Midget City, the World's Tiniest Entertainers" and "Baby Thelma, 619...
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Circus Performers and Animals

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Description: Fred and Ella Bradna, equestrian director and performer for Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey. There are several other performers and a dog, relaxing in t...
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Wisconsin Dells Minirama

Date: August 26 1960
Description: Miniature model of the Wisconsin Dells. Goggled diver, Ollie Reese, swimming with Dells recreation boat. This completely landscaped exhibit was built to sc...
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Portrait of a Clown

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Description: Portrait of a clown.
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Cow Chip Tossing Contest

Date: September 1980
Description: A competitor in the State Cow Chip Tossing Contest has 30 seconds to choose her cow chip. The cow chips are specially made from cow manure.
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Juggler at United Automobile Workers Dance

Date: September 06 1947
Description: Juggler performing at the Harvest Festival Dance sponsored by Local 75, United Automobile Workers (Seaman Body Company), State Fair Park.
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Gesell Family Burlesque

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Description: The Gesell family in costume with broom, sword, and other props for a humorous picture. Family members identified as follows: Gerhard Jr. (drinking from pi...
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Cat in Rocking Chair

Date: 1905
Description: Jennie and Edgar Krueger's cat Tramp dressed up in old boys' clothes and sitting in a rocking chair. The cat has its paws on a board that has been placed o...
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Hommels New Store

Date: June 29 1932
Description: Hommels Star Food Store at 606 S. Park Street, with promotional truck in front of store, and children looking on. Vehicle has a painted sign on the side, "...
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College Dorm

Date: August 27 1971
Description: Deborah Weishapl of Union, NJ tosses a stuffed Snoopy doll to new roommate Kathy Vokaty of Edina, MN as they move into their dorm in O'Donnell Hall at Marq...
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Beach Toss

Date: August 12 1984
Description: A bikini-clad woman snaps a self-portrait with a long cable release attached to a camera as she is tossed into the air by a group of men on the beach. Othe...
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International Truck Carrying Clowns in Parade

Date: 1928
Description: International Model S speed truck carrying reindeer and men dressed as clowns, Eskimos, and Santa Claus during a winter parade. A blanket on reindeer reads...
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Workers Relaxing Outside Milwaukee Works

Date: 1914
Description: Workers relaxing outside International Harvester's Milwaukee Works. One group is crowded around a stage listening to a band while others are playing baseba...
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St. Paul Ice Carnival, Instantaneous View of Bouncing

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Description: St. Paul Ice Carnival. A man being bounced is suspended in the air above a crowd of people. In the background is an ice castle. In the foreground is a hors...
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Young Girl Sounds Siren of International Fire Truck

Date: 1966
Description: A group of children cover their ears as a young girl sounds the horn of an International truck. Some of the children are holding balloons in their hands.
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Artesian Well in Prairie du Chien

Date: 1880
Description: Artesian Well, located near the intersection of Wisconsin Street and South Minnesota Street (since renamed Wacouta). It was dubbed by some to be the "Grea...
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The Great Artesian Fountain

Date: 1880
Description: Stereograph of the Artesian Well near the intersection of Wisconsin and Minnesota (later renamed Wacouta) Streets. The following is printed on the back of...
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Farm Hazard: Playing with Firecrackers

Date: 1927
Description: Staged scene of young boy about to light large firecracker. He is sitting on steps, and a push scooter is lying on its side on the sidewalk. This photograp...
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Street Dance

Date: July 20 1944
Description: Young people dance in the street on Bowen Court as part of city Recreation Department summer activities. Girls are dancing with girls and boys are dancing...
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Woodchopping Contest

Date: 1936
Description: A crowd surrounds a man as he stands atop a tree trunk swinging his axe in a woodchopping contest.

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