• Women welders at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company

    Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. (Manitowoc, Wis.)

    Wearing protective overalls, welder's mitts, and welder's helmets with the face shields flipped up, ten women welders pose for a picture at the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company where they worked in the…

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  • Mothers getting diplomas for sons in service

    Taken from the northwest area of the “bowl” at Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, this snapshot offers a long-distance view of an outdoor graduation ceremony during one of the World War II y…

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  • Clark service station pumps

    Kadow, Francis M

    Southwest section of the 1100 block of Washington Street in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, as seen from Clark's Shell Service Station at 1002 South 12th Street, on the southwest corner of Washington and South…

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  • Harley Metzger's Orchestra

    This picture postcard from 1946 shows three musicians posed with their instruments in front of a painted backdrop, possibly in a photography studio. A small stand at the bottom right identifies the gr…

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  • American Legion escort with first volunteers

    In this photograph taken November 22, 1940, eight members of the Manitowoc American Legion stand in front of steps at the Manitowoc County Courthouse, located at the southwest corner of Washington and…

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  • Lizardfish plankholders

    Officers and crew stand at attention on the stern of the submarine U.S.S. Lizardfish (SS 373) during her commissioning in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on December 30, 1944, as ice chunks float in the Manitowo…

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  • Spencer Tracy in mess hall with commander and crew of submarine Icefish

    Kadow, Francis M

    Actor Spencer Tracy is presented with a model submarine while visiting with officers and crew of the Icefish on May 16, 1944. This photograph was taken in the mess hall of the "crews' quarters" at the…

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  • The John Schuette Family and Manitowoc, Wisconsin

    Henry Schuette recounts his great grandfather's (John) service in the English navy during the Napoleonic Wars. This merchant family started several businesses in the Manitowoc area, including Schuette…

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  • YO 196 passing through drawbridge

    Berns, Harry

    Starboard side bow view of U.S. Navy YO 196 oil tanker (also referred to as a fuel oil barge or gasoline barge) with civilian workmen on deck, passing outbound down the Manitowoc River through the ope…

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  • A two million dollar splash - and 10 more six million dollar splashes coming!

    This four page 8.5" x 11" leaflet promotes Manitowoc as "the brightest industrial center in the Middle West," with a strong wartime economy in which local companies are engaged in the manufacture of m…

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  • "Flash" announcement

    Ignatius, W.R

    Bearing a penciled notation “1943” in the upper right corner, this is a copy of a hand-printed announcement that was posted or circulated at the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company in 1943 to give shipyard…

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  • 78 draftees given sendoff at depot

    Manitowoc Herald-Times (Manitowoc, Wis.)

    Hundreds of friends and relatives crowd the Chicago & Northwestern Railway passenger depot on South 13th Street in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on March 20, 1941 to see the departure of 78 draftees who left o…

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  • Hull shop interior

    Interior view of the hull shop at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on January 6, 1942, with sections of submarines Puffer (SS 268) and Pompon (SS 267) under construction. During…

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  • Del Courtney Orchestra at shipyards

    Berns, Harry

    Taken August 11, 1943 and published in the Manitowoc Herald Times the next day over the caption “Music with their meal,” this picture shows a large crowd of Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company workers gath…

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  • Rent control letter

    Muchin, Jacob

    One-page typewritten form letter sent by the director of the Manitowoc area rent control office to area landlords shortly after World War II ended in August 1945, reminding them that rent controls rem…

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  • Submariners band at shipyards First-Aid and Safety Building

    A close-up view of several "Submariners" band members playing their instruments during a 1942 ceremony marking the presentation of an American flag for display at the First-Aid and Safety Building at…

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  • To all returning veterans a cordial welcome!

    Kiwanis Club (Manitowoc, Wisconsin)

    The Kiwanis Club in Manitowoc, Wisconsin welcomed returning World War II veterans home with a flyer that listed the names and telephone numbers of Kiwanis members who could offer various types of serv…

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  • Twas the day before Xmas

    Strauss, Simon

    This two-page hand-written poem was found among the possessions of Simon Strauss, who worked at the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company "shipyards" during World War II. It was passed on to family members b…

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  • Manual for civilian defense

    Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. (Manitowoc, Wis.)

    This fifteen page illustrated booklet measuring 4" x 5" tells civilians how to prepare for and cope during an air raid. Pages 4 and 5 dealing with "How to Blackout" and "Your Safest Place During an Ai…

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  • Forties fashions at a minesweeper launching

    Glander Art Studio

    Fashions typical of the 1940s are illustrated in this 8" x 10" photograph taken at the launching of the wooden minesweeper "YMS-110" at the Burger Boat Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on July 16, 1942…

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