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Ferris Wheel at Columbian Exposition

Date: 1893
Description: Elevated view of the Ferris wheel and midway at the Columbian Exposition, viewed from Hotel Epworth.
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Columbian Exposition

Date: 1893
Description: Elevated view of the Columbian Exposition; from the midway looking east from the Ferris wheel.
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Columbian Exposition

Date: 1893
Description: Elevated view of the Columbian Exposition, looking through the Ferris wheel.
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Tilt-a-Whirl

Date: June 17 1987
Description: Kids smiling gleefully on the Tilt-a-Whirl carnival ride while workers manage the controls in the background on a sunny summer day.
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Vilas Park Carousel

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Description: View from a stone bridge towards Vilas Park, with children riding the carousel (merry-go-round) and a kiddie train adjacent to the lagoon.
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Winnequah on Lake Monona

Date: 1900
Description: Cyanotype print of Winnequah on Lake Monona with small buildings and three platforms for swings. A note on the back of the print reads: "The high swing was...
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Light Show at the Fair

Date: July 26 1966
Description: Several young people pause behind the fence to look at a midway ride in action at the Washington County Junior Fair.
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Raabe on Airplane Ride

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Description: Meinhardt Raabe, dressed as Little Oscar, on an amusement park airplane ride.
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Raabe on Boat Ride

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Description: Meinhardt Raabe, dressed as Little Oscar, on an amusement park boat ride.
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Wisconsin State Fair Midway

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Description: Crowds jam the midway at the Wisconsin State Fair.
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World Food Fair

Date: September 18 1967
Description: Ferris wheels and agricultural machinery are some of the things that attract fair-goers at the World Food Fair.
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Uncle Bob's Train at the Wisconsin State Fair

Date: August 20 1952
Description: Boys wave from the passenger cars of Uncle Bob's train, while a crowd watches the amusement park ride at the Wisconsin State Fair.
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Roller Coaster

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Description: Young children ride a small roller coaster at the Wisconsin State Fair.
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Amusement Rides

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Description: Crowds wander among the amusement rides at the Wisconsin State Fair. In the background is the ride known as the "Rocket Bomber".
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Wisconsin State Fair

Date: 1920
Description: Elevated view of crowds strolling through the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. In the background is a Ferris wheel and a banner encouraging fair goers to "talk...
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Passenger Trolley at the Fair

Date: 1951
Description: Fairgoers ride a tractor-drawn passenger wagon at the Fair. In the background is the Sky King roller coaster.
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Farm Machinery Exhibit at the State Fair

Date: 1905
Description: Exhibits of farm equipment and the gasoline engines that would have powered some of them at the Wisconsin State Fair. A Ferris wheel is visible in the back...
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Long Beach Roller Coaster

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Description: View of a crowd on the beach in Long Beach, California. The amusement park "The Pike" can be seen in the background, which was home to The Jack Rabbit Race...
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Accident at Madison East Side Festival

Date: August 01 1944
Description: The Tilt-a-Whirl ride at the Madison East Side Festival, scene of an accident in which a teenage girl, Lois Bailey, suffered injuries after being thrown fr...
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Accident at East Side Festival

Date: August 01 1944
Description: John J. Walsh, Madison attorney-at-law, standing next to the Tilt-a-Whirl ride at the Madison East Side Festival, the scene of an accident in which a teena...

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