DNR releases 2,200 historic images

BAILEYS HARBOR, Wis. — Pules noted, looking at the first group of 500 historic Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources photos that were recently posted online, the first line from L.P. Hartley’s novel The Go Between comes to mind: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”

For example, cars looked like tanks, wool and high boots worn outside the trousers were outdoor fashion statements of the day, Pulse explained. Cigarettes were part of life, as evidenced by butts in mouths.

But other than changes in technology, fashion and cigarette smoking, the people in these historic photos are doing the same things we do today – fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, playing.

The Wisconsin Conservation Department and its successor, the DNR, had staff photographers documenting the outdoor culture of the state up until 2007 when Bob Queen retired, making him the last DNR photographer, Pulse noted.

To read the full story by Pulse, click here.

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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