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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Fourth of July: 1954

Fourth of July: 1954

Crowd on Bradford Beach, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Picture taken by my father, Everett Harding, on Fourth of July weekend 1954. Scanned from a Kodachrome transparency. View full size.

On Milwaukee

Bradford Beach still looks the same. Same building, same lake front. Ironically, next to Bradford Beach is the Milwaukee Art Museum. A beautiful example of progressive and forward-thinking design. World famous in fact. Then about a half mile south of that is the Summerfest grounds. Twelve days of music food and fun. Milwaukee is quiet and underrated !

 
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