1920s WELL ANNOTATED PHOTO ALBUM MEN HIKING in WISCONSIN CHICAGO
12.25 x 8” coverless string-bound album; the first page is detached from the rest of the album. Contains around 110 black and white photos that seem to mainly be from hiking trips around Wisconsin. Areas identified include the Racine Zoo, Land-O’-Lakes, Milwaukee, Honey Creek, Silver Lake, and a trip to Chicago. Friends Gil and Sparky are often pictured around these locations, having accompanied the person who compiled the album on hikes and trips. There are also photos from a 1928 school day and an alumni annual picnic. Photographs measure between 1.75 x 2.75” and 7 x 2.25” and are held to the pages with corner tabs, often accompanied by detailed handwritten annotations.
Example photo captions
Racine Zoo, taken in ‘29 during a joy ride down there with Red, GaGa and Gil. Upper left; Monkey Island. Upper right; Raccoons. Lower left; Alligators. Lower right; Birds of all sorts. We had a swell time.
Three scenes of the beautiful lake district near West Bend. Left to right; Silver Lake, beautiful lake and forests. Here we had our camp. Peanut Lake, very small, entirely surrounded by trees. Another view of Silver Lake. Looking down from a hill toward our camp hidden among the trees. Pictures taken on Memorial day ‘28., during a hike by several of the gang.
One day Gil and I decided to visit Sparky at Chic. We boarded a train 8/18/ and soon arrived. We were met by Sparky at the depot. We took the “L” to his boarding house on Michigan Ave. Later we took a bus down the Avenue. Ate our dinner in a restaurant. Then we went to the Lake Front. We visited the Field Museum. The building on the Left-hand picture. We passed through it and saw the stadium on the right-hand picture; Soldier’s Field. The building at the bottom is the Aquarium fast nearing completion.
We then went to Riverview Park, were we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We rode in the Sky-Rocket which makes steep curves at the top and bottom of each incline. We left and wandered along the River. I snapped an “L” crossing the river. Also I snapped a boat going under a bridge. A picture of the Wrigley Bldg. is at the right.