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Old Mill Erected About 1850

Date: 1925
Description: Ruins of the Old Mill, a stone building which has no roof and is missing window glass. Behind on the left is an abandoned shed.

Fish About to Fly

Date: 1912
Description: Farnum Fish, the California-born "boy aviator," about to take off in his two-seat Wright Model B during a flying exhibition at the Wisconsin State Fairgrou...

Curtiss Pusher About to Take Off

Date: 1912
Description: To the accompaniment of a cheering crowd, a pilot in a Curtiss pusher prepares to take off.

Old Stone House Erected About 1800 for an Indian School

Date: 1909
Description: Photographic postcard view of a stone house with a group of people standing on the porch. Wood and barbed wire fencing is in the front yard.

"South Pacific" Actors Learn About Naval Weapons

Date: March 1960
Description: Madison men who play naval officers in the play "South Pacific" learn about naval weapons by visiting the Naval Reserve Officers Training corps (NROTC) hea...

Skiers about to Ski Down Slope

Description: Winter scene looking down a hill towards skiers about to ski on the Capital Mississippi Alps near La Crosse, Wisconsin. La Crosse is in the background, and...

Ford Model T Runabout

Date: 1925
Description: Right side view of a Ford Model T Runabout parked in the middle of East Washington Avenue. On the right side of the street in the background is the Fashion...

Pupils Learning About Thrift

Date: 1919
Description: Students are raising their arms as an instructor is discussing the merits of thrift. The instructor is pointing to chalkboard illustrations of a well groom...

Newspaper Carriers Hear About Young Columbus Contest

Date: January 18 1964
Description: Wisconsin State Journal newspaper carriers listen to Vern Wiersma, 17 N. Butler Sreet, 1963 Young Columbus winner, explain the Young Columbus contest for c...

Frederick Layton at Sea ??not sure about the St. Paul reference

Date: 1891
Description: Frederick Layton standing on deck smoking a cigar while at sea in a Kodak #2 camera portrait by T.W. Ingersoll from St. Paul, Minnesota. The photographer's...

"The Nice Thing about Trying to Make an Honest Living . . ."

Description: Written in large red letters the text reads: "The nice thing about trying to make an honest living is that there isn't much competition."

Kate Schloesser, About Civil War Time

Date: 1865
Description: Carte-de-visite quarter-length vignetted portrait of Katherine Schloesser (later Estabrook), dated via caption to "about Civil War time." Schloesser was a...

Thinking About Saul Leiter in the Parking Lot

Date: February 22 2015
Description: View looking out through a car windshield towards a parking lot. The dashboard, part of the rear view mirror, and a handicap parking sticker are inside the...
Newspaper Article/Clipping

News Article About Censorship

Date: September 20 1954
Description: A photocopied newspaper article by Faye Emerson titled "A Few More Lapses--Then Censorship". To the right of the article is a handwritten note to Sylvester...

Nurse Instructs Mothers about Shoes

Date: 1937
Description: A nurse instructs two mothers about baby shoes.
Book or Pamphlet

Truth about Senator McCarthy

Date: 1952
Description: "The Truth about Senator Joe McCarthy," a pamphlet issued by the McCarthy Club. The text responded to several charges that had been made against Joseph R....

What is the Truth About This Man?

Date: 1951
Description: Brochure about the record of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy issued by the Democratic Organizing Committee of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Democratic Party began t...

Cyclists About to Race

Description: Four cyclists await the start of a race at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. There is a viewing pavilion on the right.

Learning about Medicine Bottles

Date: April 04 1943
Description: Members from the U.S. Coast Guard Hospital Corps School meet in the pharmaceutical laboratory where they checked medicinal products and learned to identify...

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