Equipment manufacturers like Suick and Mepps played a role in making fishing a major tourist attraction in northern Wisconsin.
Founded in Wausau, WI, in 1911, America’s first workers compensation insurance company started using equipment like the Maico Audiometer to develop new standards of workplace safety.
Long after the death of the bird, the image of Old Abe lives on in military and commercial logos.
An old 78 record spins a tune about Port Washington’s Paramount Records, one of the leading blues music production studios of the 1920s.
A penguin-themed serving bowl dishes out stories about the aluminum industry, postwar consumer culture, and home entertainment in mid-twentieth century Wisconsin.
In 1953, Wisconsin made occupational hearing loss a claimable condition under the state’s workers compensation law. Employers Mutual of Wausau quickly led the way in workplace hearing safety.
As the nation’s first workers compensation insurance company, Employers Mutual of Wausau, WI, exerted a powerful influence on workplace safety through its many educational posters, magazines, and other publications.
In the 1890s, everyone from Annie Oakley to the Badger Wheelmen participated in Wisconsin’s cycling craze. The blue drop-tube safety bicycle represents two sides of Wisconsin’s bicycling story: bike manufacturing and recreational uses.
Wisconsin passed the nation’s first comprehensive worker’s compensation law in 1911, creating an entirely new insurance industry in the process.
By 1941, women working at the West Bend Aluminum Company were producing over six million anti-aircraft cartridge cases each month, earning the company awards for its outstanding wartime production efforts.
From wax masters to pressed shellac, Paramount Records produced 78 rpm records at its plant in Grafton, Wisconsin.
The Vulcan Corporation’s plant in Antigo, Wisconsin, transformed northwoods maple into bowling pins sold across the United States and as far distant as Japan.