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Most of us weren’t alive 100 years ago, so here’s a glimpse of what life looked like in the 1920s.

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Inside WMAQ Radio Station (1924)

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Downtown Lake Geneva (1920)

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Robert M. La Follette, Sr. speaks to a large crowd at the Wisconsin State Capitol, marking the end of his presidential campaign (1924)

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The Cassville Ferry crossing the Mississippi to Turkey River, Iowa (1920)

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A train crash in Sturtevant (1927)

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Island Resort, 25 miles outside the Dells near Mauston (1927)

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A farmer in rural Wisconsin (1929)

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President Calvin Coolidge fishing on the Brule River, 35 miles from Superior (1928)

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Inside the University of Wisconsin’s Psychological Laboratory (1928)

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Dairyman tests their milk for methylene (1928)

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School children drinking milk at Washington School in Wisconsin Rapids (1920)

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A railway depot in Fitchburg (1923)

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Wisconsin district attorneys at a slot machine raid in Marathon County (1924)

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A formal portrait of a mother and son in Jackson County (1920)

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A Ford “truck” in Madison (1920)

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The Yellow Cab Company headquarters in Madison (1922)

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A Boy Scout band in Baraboo (1920)

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The old Northwestern Railroad Station in Madison (1925)

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Madison’s Strand Theater, on the corner of Mifflin and Wisconsin Ave. (1927)

Photo courtesy of UW Madison

The None Such Bros. Circus parade at the UW Madison (1920)