Wisconsin Library Heritage Center

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation promoting understanding and appreciation of the history of libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin.

Brodhead's Early Public Library

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Saturday, June 16, 2012 in Postcards


pc-wi-brodhead-detail-enlargedI'm always on the lookout for postcards depicting Wisconsin libraries. I've been so successful that it is not often that I come across one that I don't already have. So it was a real treat when I found a Real Photograph Postcard (RPPC) showing the the public library on the Main Street of Brodhead, WI (shown above). RPPCs as the name implies are photographs printed on a postcard formatted sheet of paper. They are printed in much smaller quantities that other postcards and often depict subjects that can't be found on postcards in other formats. This postcard was mailed on October 30, 1911 from Brodhead to Neenah, WI. The public library is depicted on the far right side of the postcard (see detail to the left). It is located on the second floor of the building and there are covered stairs on the right leading to the library. Also depicted on the postcard is a horse drawn buggy. Although there are people shown on the postcard they have been deliberately blurred. I was able to find some other images (search for "library") of various Brodhead public libraries on the Brodhead Historical Society's website. One of the images depicts the interior of this library. Another gives a better view of the exterior of the library. The public library was founded in 1909. The current building was completed in 2009, 100 years later.


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Popular Tags

Nolan I. Neds Elroy Public Library Postcards library memorabilia campaign bookworm Events Wisconsin Free Library Commission 28 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries 21 Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries Rusk County Community Library UW-Milwaukee Libraries Madison Public Library Katharine MacDonald Jones Anniversaries books-by-mail Pewaukee Public Library Wayne A. Wiegand Exhibits Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee Jerome P. Daniels Library celebrations 27 Klaus Linderfelt Academic Libraries Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends Milwaukee Art Museum Hall of Fame 2010 Library people Postcards Wisconsin State Law Library Anniversaries National Library Week Hall of Fame 2011 Cornelia Marving Pierce COLAND Public libraries Library Systems Wisconsin Rapids Lutie Stearns Frank Avery Hutchins Sandra Friedman Dolnick 20 Public library systems National Bookmobile Day Hall of Fame 2009 campa Meter mail slogans Historical Register White House Conference on Library and Information Services Ruby Roeder trav library education Hall of Fame 2015 UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Carnegie libraries Milwaukee Public Library Black River Falls Middleton Public Library Centennial anniversaries cam Richard E. Krug Lowell W. Wilson Events & Meetings Uncategorized Cam State Law Library Pinback buttons Larry T. Nix WAAL Campaign Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries traveling libraries Appleton Public Library Orrilla Blackshear Hall of Fame 2015 Hall of Fame 2015 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries WLA 125 Edward Asahel Birge Jane K. Billings Amer Wilbur Lyle Eberhart Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Special libraries Academic Librarians Library History John J. Jax archives Parcel post Events & Meetings James Huff Stout Buttons Publications Evansville Wisconsin WLA 125 caly film Capitol Fire 1904 Brown County Library ca 10 campaign Hall fo Fame 2012 Matthew S. Dudgeon 14 Bookmobiles J. D. Witter library exhibit Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide DeForest Area Public Library Postcards Wisconsin Library Association Digital Collections Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services Irene W. Newman Wisconsin Historical Society Gilbert H. Doane Gertrude Thurow Hall of Fame 2013 Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Dorothea M. Krause School libraries Clarence Brown Lester WWI Library War Service campaign Hall of Fame 2012 Hall of Fame 2014 Marketing-Publicity Zona Gale caly film WLA 125 People John Miller Chancellor Bernard Schwab World War I Ripon Public Library Wisconsin Free Library Commission American Library Association Oshkosh Public Library Delia Ovitz state historical society S. Janice Kee Campaign UW-Madison school of library and information studies Hartford Public Library Hall of Fame 2017 Hall of Fame 2012 Gerald A. Somers Louise S. Robbins Brown Deer Public Library School of Library and Information Studies Marjorie Sornson Malmberg bed and breakfast McMillan Memorial Library Charles Bunge Black River Falls Public Library Peter G. Hamon Campaign Hall of Fame 2012 Manitowoc Public Library Public libraries Hall of Fame 2015 22 Increase A. Lapham 23 Library e WHCLIS Eratus Swift Wilcox Beloit Public Library buil Ruth Ann Montgomery Hall Beaver Dam Public Library Milwaukee Public Library Suring Area Public Library Cooperative Children's Book Center Lutie Eugenia Stearns American Library Association Library War Service Carl Spitzweg Wisconsin Library Bulletin Hall of Fame 2015 Eager Free Public Library hall of Postcards Council on Library and Network Development Hall of Fame 2008 Tower Hill Wisconsin background 11 Dianne McAfee Hopkins Inform Wisconsin Library Artifacts T. B. Scott Free Public Library Sarah Janice Kee Soughton Public Library Library Buildings Library Buidlings presentations Library Trustees Superior Carnegie Libraries Ice Storm Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends Portage Public Library Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries CCBC William J. Wilson WLA 125 Hall of Fame 2016 membership libraries 24 Brown Deer Public Library Clinton Public Library Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Library People Woman's Congress James Duane Doty Library people caly film I Love Libraries library legislation

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo