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Yerkes Observatory

Date: 1935
Description: Elevated exterior view of Yerkes Observatory. Geneva Lake is in the background, left. Roads and sidewalks cross the sweeping, well tended lawns. The desi...

Washburn Observatory

Date: 1880
Description: Exterior of Washburn Observatory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, showing telephone wires.

Increase Lapham Examining a Meteorite

Date: 1871
Description: Stereograph portrait of Increase Allen Lapham (1811-1875) examining the sixth fragment of a 33 lb. meteorite found in Trenton, Washington County, Wisconsin...

John Muir

Date: 1875
Description: Head and shoulders oval framed portrait of John Muir (1838-1914).

Students Conducting Scientific Research

Date: 1900
Description: Downer College students working in a laboratory in which a human skeleton, a frog, a bat and stuffed birds are displayed.

Making Dr. Brown's Cough Balsam

Date: 1896
Description: Workers pose in front of pharmaceutical equipment to demonstrate making Dr. Brown's Cough Balsam.

Stroboscopic Photography Technique

Date: April 1950
Description: A girl on a swing is the subject of photographers demonstrating a technique using high speed flash.

Man with Wings

Date: 1909
Description: An unidentified man demonstrates his unsuccessful bird wing-like mechanism, which was part of an experiment in aviation.

Laboratory Experiment

Date: 1928
Description: Professor Hull conducting an experiment at the Psychological laboratory of the University of Wisconsin.

Circus Performers Gather to View Eclipse

Description: Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey circus performers gathered in front of a circus tent to view a solar eclipse. Some are wearing protective eyeglasses.

Aldo Leopold

Description: Aldo Leopold, UW Professor of Wildlife Management, posing with binoculars around his neck. He is about to embark on an inspection and bird-watching tour of...

Edward A. Birge

Date: 1917
Description: Edward A. Birge and Chancey Juday with plankton trap in Lake Mendota. From album of photographs relating to the research in limnology conducted at Trout La...

McCormick's Blacksmith Shop at Walnut Grove

Date: 1931
Description: Exterior view of the blacksmith shop at Walnut Grove farm where Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809-1884) invented and built his first reaper in 1831.

Cyrus McCormick's Reaper Patent

Date: 1834
Description: Press release image compiled by the International Harvester Company. The image includes "excerpts of the patent grant from the U.S. Patent Office to Cyrus...

American Inventors

Date: 1900
Description: Cigar box label with portraits of inventors Thomas Edison, Eli Whitney, Robert Fulton, Cyrus McCormick, Richard March Hoe. Around the edges are illustratio...

John Muir

Date: 1899
Description: Waist-up studio portrait of naturalist, conservationist, and writer John Muir.

McCormick's Patent Virginia Reaper

Date: 1849
Description: Advertising handbill for Cyrus Hall McCormick's patent Virginia Reaper. Printed for C.H. McCormick & Co. by James J. Langdon, Chicago, Illinois.

McCormick Catalog Cover

Date: 1895
Description: Color lithograph cover illustration for the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company catalog. Shows a portrait of Cyrus Hall McCormick over an illustration of...

Mogul Tractor Test Track Advertising Poster

Date: 1915
Description: Advertising poster for Mogul tractors featuring an elevated view of a Mogul 8-16, 12-25 and 30-60 tractors on a test track in Chicago, Illinois. Includes t...

John Muir's Clock Design

Date: 1863
Description: Sketch of John Muir's clock design.The built clock was a combination of scythes, wheels and arrows. A rough bough of burr oak was set upon a base incrusted...

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