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Wisconsin Dells, United States

This folio illustrates a number of scenic areas in the region known as the Wisconsin Dells, the word derived from the French ‘dalles’, or narrows. The more formal name is the Dells of the Wisconsin River. There is also a nearby city that uses the same name. This folio design emphasizes the historical presence of the Native Americans in the area.

All images E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

A tour boat is available to view the scenes displayed from the best vantage points.

The photos were printed with an offset process which has had some registration problems resulting in odd color banding, present in a few of the photos.

As is indicated on the folio front by the original purchaser, this collection is from the 1950s.

Kitch-iti-ki-pi Spring, Manistique, Michigan

This folio displays many of the interesting and unusual views from the natural spring now called Kitch-iti-ki-pi. As shown, visitors board a simple raft which floats on the waters of the spring while they look down into the depths. The spring is about 40 feet deep, but because of the fast flowing water, is completely clear to the bottom.

All images by John I. Bellaire, Manistique, Mich.

There is a connection from the spring to a nearby lake, and from there different types of trout frequently swim into the spring. However, there is little food because of the fast flowing mineralized water, so the spring is essentially barren and the fish rarely remain there.

The images were likely taken in black and white and manually colored. The folio most likely dates from the 1950s.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This week’s folio is images of various civic and commercial structures in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Historically contentious because of competing claims between the French, English and colonists, this area was primarily a military base for much of its early years. A settlement grew in the fork of the river which became the city.

All images by Colorpicture Publishers, Boston 15, Mass.

The indication on one of the photos that the Civic Auditorium is new points to this folio dating from the 1960s. That building, with its retractable roof, was demolished in 2012.