Guide at Little Norway, Blue Mounds, Wis. (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1939

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Rothstein, Arthur,, 1915-1985,, photographer.

Guide at Little Norway, Blue Mounds, Wis.

1942 Aug.

1 transparency : color.

Identification based on negative USW3-6416-D.
"Minnesota Farmer, Kodachrome, 1940" and "FSA" on transparency jacket.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

Norwegian Americans
Amusement parks
United States--Wisconsin--Blue Mounds

Format: Portrait photographs

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection (DLC) 93845501

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Call Number: LC-USW36-1088


Owner: The Library of Congress
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    • 17/Jan/2008 19:59:17

    the exposures on these images are incredible.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 22:50:19

    Wow, excellent Color

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    • 18/Jan/2008 01:44:17

    Wow, a Norwegian American in a Bunad

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    • 19/Jan/2008 22:46:29

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    • 24/Jan/2008 00:45:32

    Didn't know they had a little Norway back then. I actualy drive by their on a regular basis.

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    Jan Egil Kristiansen

    • 25/Jan/2008 13:41:04

    Strange, I'd bet that head gear was late 1970s. Something for and The 'Little Norway' I have heard about, is somewhere else: a WWII air force camp in Canada. A relative of politician Odd Einar Dørum? I feel like I have seen that face before...

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    • 27/Jan/2008 13:25:12

    Yes, Little Norway does exsist. It's set in some of the most beautiful countryside Wisconsin has to offer. Norwegians began to arrive as early as 1830 to the area now known as Blue Mounds and Mt. Horeb Wis., Just as the Swiss to New Glarus and Monroe Wis. Jan, you should visit the area. Faces like that are very common. Farming is a rough life. It's difficult to figure how the "head gear" could be "late 1970s" when the photo was taken in 1942?

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    Jan Egil Kristiansen

    • 27/Jan/2008 15:07:08

    Yes it is. I tend to trust LOC dating, but I remember both the colors and the pseudo random pattern as 70s fashion. (As far as I can see, the pattern is made by coloring the same yarn with different colors?) Maybe that technique had a revival in Norway in the 70s?

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    • 16/Feb/2008 01:07:02

    Stunning quality of photograph. I recently shot an event on reversal film (Fujichrome Provia), and was able to have it processed and scanned in a few hours. As a result, my shots were on Flickr so soon, most people who saw them assumed they were shot digitally. I pointed out that while digital is now up to an extremely high standard, film has been there "for a few decades". But even I was stunned when I came across this photo from the early 1940s! Admittedly, the film would've been rather large in format and very low in sensitivity, and thus not as easy to work with, but the final quality is still astounding.

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    • 09/Mar/2008 18:17:50

    The face, oh so familiar. I remember going to Little Norway with my grade school class in the 1950's. Could he have been the guide??? Would my brain hold such a visual detail???

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    Eric Schmeric

    • 28/Sep/2008 09:39:58

    His eyes look so sad.

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    The Obviologist

    • 09/May/2009 09:43:04

    whomever it was that dug these out of the library of congress and posted them here on Flickr we owe you a debt of gratitude. these images are american heirlooms that deserve to be seen and not just locked away in the vault until some researcher happens along. thank you

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    • 04/Jul/2010 21:28:37

    Fantastic portrait!! He is not looking at the photographer, but at the viewer!