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Singer Advertising Card Collection - Image Gallery Essay

An early view of how a large corporation marketed a valuable piece of technology provides insight into contemporary views of consumerism and industry.
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Cigarette Trade Cards - Image Gallery Essay

Browse a gallery of cigarette advertising trade cards from the 1870s to 1940s.
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Gugler Lithographic World War II Mobilization Posters - Image Gallery Essay

Discover the famous lithographic company most known for its WWII posters whose goal was to mobilize public support for the American war effort.
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International Harvester Glass Negative Series, 1900-1939 - Image Gallery Essay

View the International Harvester Glass Negative Series featuring images of farmers, animals, factory workers, tractors, small-town life and more.
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Breweries, Beer and Bars in Wisconsin History - Image Gallery Essay

Ever wonder why beer is so popular in Wisconsin? Wisconsin history is full of breweries and beer.
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Visual Materials Subject Overview

Learn about the wide range of visual materials subjects available to view both online and in our Archives
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Bees and Beekeepers Since 1872 - Image Gallery Essay

Explore history and images of beekeeping in Wisconsin.
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Wisconsin Silent Movie Moguls - Image Gallery Essay

Harry and Roy Aitken
View the photographic stills from early silent film producers and Waukesha natives Harry and Roy Aitken.
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Kehl School of Dance - Madison - Image Gallery Essay

Discover Madison's Kehl School of Dance through photographs of the performers, public events, dance studio, and other images.
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William Donahey's Teenie Weenies - Image Gallery Essay

The "Teenie Weenies" cartoons enchanted readers of all ages for more than 50 years. View this selection of cartoons by William Donahey.
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Letterheads - Image Gallery Essay

Promotions on Paper, 1850s-1975
Custom-designed letterheads were a universal way of proclaiming who you were. Historical letterheads are prime examples of early branding.
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Alfred A. Bish - Image Gallery Essay

Life and Lumbering in Chippewa Falls
Read about the life and career of photographer Alfred Bish who documented the lumbering industry and daily life in the Chippewa Falls area.
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Political Campaigns of the Past - Image Gallery Essay

1850-2009
Photographs of political campaign techniques of the past.
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Wisconsin State Fair - Image Gallery Essay

View a pictorial review of the Wisconsin State Fair from 1851 when it began.
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The Farm Photographs of Andrew J. Mueller - Image Gallery Essay

Explore photographs of farm life in 20th-century Wisconsin.
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Foreign Film Posters of the 1950s-1970s - Image Gallery Essay

View a gallery of foreign film posters from the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.
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American History Through Christmas Cards - Image Gallery Essay

Learn about the history of Christmas cards and their various uses during World War I and II, and in postwar America.
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McCormick-International Harvester Collection — Image Gallery Essay

Farming in America
Discover the history of the International Harvester Company through the Wisconsin Historical Society's images
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Remembering Madison - Image Gallery Essay

The Lloyd Jones Family Album
Read about the career of The Capital Times founder Richard Lloyd Jones and browse through photographs he and his wife took while living in Madison.
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Horses to Horsepower - Image Gallery Essay

Automobiles in Wisconsin History
Read about the evolution of the automotive industry and the drastic changes in manufacturing work, road infrastructure, the economy and American culture.

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