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This week’s Throwback Thursday is a photograph from the Wonders of Electricity exhibition. This particular photograph is from circa 1932 (before the School of Engineering of Milwaukee changed its name to Milwaukee School of Engineering).


Wonders of Electricity was a demonstration put on by MSOE faculty and students from the mid-1920s to 1950. The show was intended to educate and entertain audiences with electrically-themed experiments. It was featured at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1935, the Wisconsin Centennial State Fair in 1948, and a traveling version of the show visited area high schools during the later years.


Show features included a giant Tesla coil, electromagnets, a ‘stroboscope’ (strobe light), a black light, and experiments in wireless telegraphy.


We have several photographs and pamphlets from the Wonders of Electricity on display in the Library in the case near the stairs. There is also a small online collection of documents related to the show, which may be found here: http://cdm15851.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15851coll101

Before the Walter Schroeder Library was built our books and resources called a space in the C Building home.  Here are a few photographs from the previous space.  Dated 1977.  Library_C_Building.jpgLibrary_C_Building_2.jpg


In November and December 1955, MSOE had a shiny new IBM computer on display. In this photograph, students watch as a supervising customer service engineer from IBM demonstrates the new machine.

(From: Bulletin Relay, January 1956, Volume 8, Number 2, Page 4.)

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Unpredictable extremes are somewhat common during the month of January.  In the March 1919 issue of Electroforce, a lack of snowfall during January was addressed-- only half-an-inch, compared to 51 inches in 1918.


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