• Bradford Beach

    Bradford Beach

    Milwaukee county residents enjoy summer sunshine and sand on Lake Michigan’s shoreline in 1985.

  • Machine Shop of the World

    Machine Shop of the World

    Roman Kwasniewski’s 1924 photograph of a gear twice as tall as a man reflects industrial Milwaukee’s special skill in metal fabrication.

  • Wishes in the Wind

    Wishes in the Wind

    Image of David Lenz’s Wishes in the Wind courtesy of David Lenz and the Suzanne and Richard Pieper Family Foundation.

  • St. Josephat

    St. Josaphat

    This photograph from around 1920 shows the Basilica from the lagoon in Kosciuszko Park.

  • Milwaukee River Downtown

    Milwaukee River Downtown

    Automobiles and boats traverse Milwaukee’s downtown by the Michigan Avenue Bridge in this 1974 photograph by Harold Mayer.

  • Gemütlichkeit

    Gemütlichkeit

    The German sense of conviviality and comfort animated social gatherings among Milwaukeeans of various ethnic backgrounds, even at this “Hard Time party” taken by Roman Kwasniewski in 1924.

Bradford Beach

Bradford Beach

Milwaukee county residents enjoy summer sunshine and sand on Lake Michigan’s shoreline in 1985.

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