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First U.S. Kindergarten, Watertown, Wisconsin

The building shown in this image was the home of the first kindergarten held in the United States, which was founded by Margarethe Schurz in 1856 in Watertown, Wisconsin.

The L.L. Cook Co., Milwaukee, WI

The description states:

First Kindergarten in the United States — founded by Margarethe Meyer Schurz in 1856 in Watertown, Wisconsin. Building moved from original site to Octagon House grounds in 1956 and restored by the Watertown Historical Society in 1957. Open to the public daily from May to November.

–There is an extensive and detailed history of this building recounted here.

Since the description states the dates of transfer and restoration, it is probable that this card dates from the 1950s.

Octagon House, Watertown, Wisconsin

This image shows the front entrance of the Octagon House, located in Watertown, Wisconsin.

The L.L. Cook Co., Milwaukee, WI

The description states:

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OCTAGON HOUSE, WATERTOWN, WISCONSIN

The Octagon House is the most interesting landmark of early Watertown. It was built by the Hon. John Richards and completed about 1852. There are 57 rooms built around a spiral stairway. It was presented to the Watertown Historical Society in January, 1939.

 

–This image is unusual in that it was taken while the building was incomplete, and not representative of the original construction. Over the years, the wooden porches around the first and second floor became unsafe and were demolished in 1938, leaving the building in the condition seen here. The porches were reconstructed in the 1970s and again in the early 2000s.

This card is dated 1951.

Boettcher Deer Farm, Hayward, Wisconsin

This image shows several children feeding a family of tame white-tailed deer at the Boettcher Deer Farm in Hayward, Wisconsin.

Curteichcolor Art-Creation from Color Transparencies

The description states simply:

E-116 BOETTCHER DEER FARM

HAYWARD, WISCONSIN

From information available on the web, this farm has long since closed.

This image likely dates from the 1950s.