Did you know that State Street once had domes at both ends, that the stately dome of the Capitol faced another dome a mile away, capping what we now know as Bascom Hall, but which was then called Main Hall? This is how it looked in 1915 (click to enlarge). And this is how it looked when the dome was destroyed by fire a year later. Although the building was saved, the dome was never replaced.
This image is part of the series of 1915 postcards from a visit to Madison that year which were mailed by the visitor back to his relatives in Holland. Postmarked Milwaukee, the folder of cards presumably went through the Great Lakes, up the St. Lawrence, and made their way to Holland by sea in a time when there was no intercontinental air travel. It was an arduous journey taking weeks. But in today's global village, it took just an instant for a link to the images to show up in the comments on my photo of The Lorain, which I had uploaded to Flickr.
Just out of curiosity: Is there anything left from this Madison, the Madison my grandfather visited in 1915?The comment was from vfm4, an artist and photographer in the Netherlands, which is about all I know about her -- except that she has an unusually creative and varied photostream on Flickr, made up of thousands of images. Take a look. A good way to start is by getting an overview on her page of collections, each of which leads to numerous individual sets.
I'll comment on some more of these individual cards in future posts. But you don't have to wait for me to get around to it. Click here to go the page of images shown above. Each is a clickable link to a full-sized image of an individual postcard. You'll be able to experience the Madison of 1915 just as the recipients did, paging through the folder one image at a time.
Note: I'll give each posting as I post it a "Madison 1915" tag, so you'll be able to call them up as a group simply by clicking on the label.