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Krohnographs: Photographs by Don Krohn
Krohnographs are images by Don Krohn, a photographer for the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune from 1947-1953. These photographs provide an unusually complete and active look at a paper mill town reaching its prime.

 

Lawrence Oliver, Photographer
Some of the best photographs of rural Wisconsin Rapids in the mid-20th century were created by freelancer Lawrence H. Oliver of Vesper, Wisconsin. Over 150 of his prints are included in the materials donated to the South Wood County Historical Corporation by Don Krohn.

Using techniques of an “artistic photographer,” Oliver’s black-and-white images are more formal than Krohn’s news and feature photos. Through careful composition and interplay of light and shadow, the results are likely to emphasize scene and scenery more than city sports and schools.

The only and never-married son of real estate agent Owen and Lydia Pfeiffer Oliver, Lawrence Oliver operated Oliver’s Studio in Vesper, Wisconsin, until his death in 1983. His father, a Genesee Depot native (1865), brought many settlers to Wood County, especially between 1894 and 1912. Born November 22, 1906, in Waukesha County, Oliver was a veteran of World War II. In 1942, his humorous photo of local sportsman Nick Zieher appeared as a cover for Field & Stream magazine.


Tom Taylor Blotters
A collection of ink blotters featuring historic photographs from the Wisconsin Rapids area which were distributed by local insurance agent Tom Taylor to promote his business in the 1930s.

 

Postcard Collection
Postcards from Grand Rapids (later Wisconsin Rapids), Nekoosa and Port Edwards from the early and mid-20th century.

 

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