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Memorial Day 1948

Memorial Day 1948

Memorial Day 1948 Madison, Wisconsin. WW 2 Vets on float only 3 years after the war. View full size.

Close, but wrong holiday

This was actually Statehood Day, marking Wisconsin's centennial. There was no Memorial Day parade that year because it was only a few days away from Statehood Day. For Madison people seeing this, the location is the last block of State Street, where the University Book Store and Memorial Library now stand. All those buildings in the picture are gone.

The cars

A 1940 Nash Ambassador Eight Sedan in front, followed by a 1947 Cadillac.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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