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The 1960’s Wisconsin Family Road Trip | Case #013

The Film
rex film

Various rolls of 135, 127 and 620 black & white film, mostly drug store brand, and a few Kodak. 16 rolls in all. Expiry dates range between 1959 and 1964. Almost all of the rolls had been placed back into their original box after the images were exposed. They were purchased at an estate sale in the US.

The Camera(s)
No camera came with these rolls. I believe three cameras in all were used.

The Images
There were just over 100 images in all that I was able to scan, of those I included half. I can’t be sure how many different time periods are represented here, but I’ve tried to group them together below.

Wausau Wisconsin Parade
The Johnson Hills Department Store  gives away its location as Wausau, WI. Images of this parade come up on three rolls of film and I’m almost sure pictures were taken by more than one member of the family. Nothing came up for “Morning Glory Fortified Milk” but apparently it’s a product worth knowing. 😉 The streets are packed, so it’s likely a state or federal holiday. You can also faintly make out a marching band.

UPDATE: September 27th, 2014
Thanks to Richard O’Connor for this comment!
“Came across this newspaper ad for Morning Glory Dairy dated August 13, 1959 Escanaba, Michigan . This was sort of confirmed when I found a listing for Foremost Morning Glory Dairy in Wisconsin. ” Foremost Farms USA, Morning Glory Dairy, 3399 South Ridge Road, De Pere, WI 54115, Phone: (920) 336-4206 Fax: (920) 336-7165. De Pere is a suburb of Green Bay which is East of Wausu and South of Escaaba, Michigan. I assume that Formost bought the original Morning Glory Dairy.”

Wisconsin State Capitol
My best guess for when this was taken was after 1959, but before 1964. The reason why I say before 1964 is that was when they apparently sand blasted and acid bathed the Legislature. In these images, the structure appears pretty grimy. I’m not too sure what the other building is but it can’t be too far away.
Some of these images are taken by one or both daughters. You can see them holding their cameras in other photos, and in one see one girl shooting the other.
Pickney Street is visable, giving me almost pinpoint accuracy of where these shots were taken. It was neat to see what the area looks like now with Google Street View.

The Van Douser Tower
The sign is plain as day in one of the photos but I didn’t see it until a few hours ago. When I checked online, it looked as though the original sign is still up (though they added a food/drink prohibitive sign). it’s dated June 7, 1959.

Other Notable Family and Road Trip Snaps
There’s a family dinner or two and some portraits here I wasn’t sure how to group them together. All of the events took place over multiple rolls with multiple photographers.

Summary
Most of the images were taken in Wisconsin between 1960 and 1965. I’m fascinated the most by the parade and would love if I could narrow the date for that specifically.