An unknown Nebraska band whose trumpet player has a very distinct playing style.
Photograph of airships (balloons) at the state fair, May 31, 1911.
Source: Nebraska State Historical Society, RG2158-2868
A walking advertisement for Julius and Max Leschinsky's photo studio in Grand Island, Nebraska. The photograph was taken sometime between 1886 and 1891.
Source: Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Lumbard Leschinsky Studio Collection, Grand Island.
Somebody's idea of a prank during the late nineteenth century.
Source: Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island
A popular 1890s theory was that the detonation of explosives caused rainfall. The "concussion theory" was based on the observation that rain often fell following battles. Some went a step further, theorizing that smoke particles blown into the clouds precipitate rain. These men appear to be trying that process.
Source: Nebraska State Historical Society, RG2545-9
There really wasn't a giant fly at the state fair. It simply landed on the negative while the photo was being processed.
Source: Nebraska State Historical Society, RG2158
This interesting looking fellow, Albert Vogt, played Santa at Lincoln's Rudge & Gunzel department store sometime in the 1930s or 1940s.
Source: Nebraska State Historical Society, RG3840-1