Workers shifting iron ore from rail cars to ore docks, Lake Superior, ca. 1920.
Photographer Hugh McKenzie captured this scene of men balanced on rail cars high above a Lake Superior harbor, moving iron ore shipped in by train onto ships for transport throughout the Great Lakes and beyond.
via: Great Lakes Maritime History Project, University of Wisconsin-Superior
Wisconsinites: What’s the toughest job you’ve ever had? Share your story at recollectionwisconsin.org/stories and you might get featured on Wisconsin Public Radio!
Do you work in a family-owned business in Wisconsin? How has it changed from your parents’ or grandparents’ generation?
Share your memories and photos of your work life in Wisconsin via Tumblr or on our website and you might get your story featured on Wisconsin Life on WPR!
Photo: C. Liebenow & Son Jewelers, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 1898, photographed by Hermann Benke. Manitowoc Local History Collection, Manitowoc Public Library by way of University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.
Mary Lunde (judge) with winners of the Trempealeau County Fair cat show, 1976.
One last photo in honor of National Pet Week!
via: Trempealeau County 1976: Images at the Bicentennial, Old Main Historical and Community Arts Center, Galesville, Wisconsin. Photo by Wade Britzius.
Two dogs, Wisconsin Rapids, ca. 1950.
Photo by Don Krohn for the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune.
via: South Wood County Historical Corporation
Man and dog sitting in front entrance to Peter’s Pharmacy, Milwaukee.
via: Historic Photo Collection, Milwaukee Public Library
Father Anselm Keefe with his
dalmatian Great Dane, St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin.
via: Mulva Library, St. Norbert College
update: Thanks to readers kupkakekendall and itsverynew for pointing out that Keefe’s dog is a Great Dane, not a dalmatian. I didn’t know Great Danes came with spots! I’ll pass this info on to St. Norbert so they can update their record.
Gayle Jacobson Jagodzinski with a cat, Vesper, Wisconsin, ca. 1950.
It’s National Pet Week (this year’s motto: “Love Your Pet, See your Vet”), which gives us an excuse to showcase some adorable photos of pets from the past.
via: South Wood County Historical Museum, Wisconsin Rapids; photo by Lawrence Oliver
John Cody, musky guide from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe reservation, and Chicago businessman William E. Martens, Big Sissabagama Lake, Wisconsin.
Musky fishing season begins today in the southern half of Wisconsin (everyone north of Highway 10 has to wait a few more weeks).
via: Stone Lake Area Historical Society
Share your story! Wisconsin at Work, Wisconsin at Play -
This spring and summer, we’re looking for your stories of work and play in Wisconsin. Share your story on Recollection Wisconsin and you may be featured on Wisconsin Life, an audio series on Wisconsin Public Radio that explores what makes Wisconsin unique through the voices and stories of its residents.
We’re looking for stories and photos of your first job, what you make or do now, or what lessons your work life has taught you. Tell us about your summer vacations or your summers at camp. Just about any topic is welcome within the theme as long as it is a personal narrative with a strong connection to Wisconsin.
Need a nudge? Here are some ideas to help you get started.
Go to Recollection Wisconsin for rules and to submit your story. All approved stories and photos will be archived and publicly accessible through the Recollection Wisconsin website.
You may submit materials at any time, but the deadline to submit stories for consideration for airing on Wisconsin Life is June 15, 2013.