The State of Wisconsin has a different, Progressive philosophy towards funding its libraries. In short, every resident is entitled to a card. If you don't live within a district, you might wind up with two or more cards!
However, your local library may be open fewer than 40 hours per week, and may not even be open every weekday.
MPL steps in for southeastern Wisconsin, offering extensive library services plus a successful combination cafe and surplus bookstore in its flagship building.
|Embossed postcard from the IPC&N Co.||'Gruss aus Milwaukee'
Pioneer Private Mailing Card
|'Gruss aus Milwaukee'
Entire back card, also by C.N. Caspar
|Pioneer private mailing card.|
|C.B. Henschel Mfg. Co. Card, ca. 1907.||'Oeffentliche Bibliothek und Museum'||Acmegraph card.||Grand Ave. West from 8th Street, Milwaukee, Wis.|
(Showing Public Library to the right.)
|Self-framed Suhling Co. card.||V.O. Hammon card appropriated by the Goodrich Line Steamers; sent 1909.||Made in Germany for S.L. & Co. Message in German mailed to Chicago in 1908.||Lovely E.C. Kropp card, never mailed. One gets the impression that the artists really tried hard for their local library to look its very best.|
|Night view, ca. 1914.||Mailed 1911.||S.H. Knox card, mailed in 1907.||Mailed in 1908.|
|Clear View brand card shows a streetcar stopping at the library.||Dexter Press linen 'Colorcraft' card.||This real photo card appears to date from the 1940s, judging from the autos.||The Kropp postcard is a gussied-up version of the library.|
|Rear (1956) addition to the building.
1959 card shows trolley lines and a yellow stop sign.
|Labeled as 'Wisconsin Ave. from Court of Honor.' I think it rather sums up Milwaukee during the nifty '50s.|
According to a Milwaukee School of Engineering personal page, this library was built in 1897, designed by the architects Ferry and Clas. It moved into the building in 1898.
Many expansions have kept this facility in use. Featuring services including a liberal area-wide borrowing policy and a coffeeshop/surplus book store, Milwaukee Public Library is surprisingly vital.
Plus, if you act now, a Natatorium.
Built at North Avenue and 16th Street, replaced by a parking lot. However, the brick building at far right is now 'Mr. Park's Place.'
The early E.C. Kropp card was mailed in 1909.
© 2003 - 2011 Judy Aulik
|Divided on 02 July 2008.|
Divided 04 December 2011.
Non-Carnegie libraries, A - M.
Non-Carnegie libraries, N - Z.
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