A 20-year-old woman named Annie Tabor works in a Milwaukee supercharger plant in 1942. Superchargers were commonly used in aircraft engines during World War II. (From the Library of Congress Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection)
Roberto Hernandez (left), along with Esequiel Guzman (center) and another man work to set the layout of an issue of the "La Guardia" newspaper. (From the Wisconsin Historical Society, WHS-91127)
A drummer and dancer perform at the first African World Festival held in 1983 on the Summerfest Grounds. (From the Historic Photo Archive of the Milwaukee Public Library)
Allis-Chalmers was the driving economic force in West Allis. In this 1930s photo, employees build tractors along an assembly line. (From the Milwaukee County Historical Society)
An antiwar crowd gathers at UWM in May 1970 during a month that witnessed the invasion of Cambodia by U.S. military forces and the shooting of student protestors at Kent State University by National Guard troops. (From the UW-Milwaukee Photographs Collection. Archives, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Auto racer Alan Kulwicki of Greenfield, who earned an engineering degree in 1977 from UWM, achieved great success as a short track driver before his untimely passing in 1993. (Photograph courtesy of the Milwaukee County Historical Society)
Children play on the street in this 1939 photograph of Greendale houses. The federal government developed Greendale in 1936 as part of the Resettlement Administration’s Greenbelt Towns Program, a New Deal initiative. (From the Library of Congress Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection)
A man balances a tray with wine and wine glasses as he takes part in the Bastille Days waiters race in 1983. (From the Historic Photo Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library)
Hammocks for babies swing on a porch at Lake Park Pavilion sometime between 1894 and 1914. The pavilion was used as part of the Milwaukee Infants Hospital for children with tuberculosis. At the time, it was believed that fresh air would cure many breathing difficulties, including TB. (From the Historic Photo Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library)
The 1957 Milwaukee Braves included stars Joe Adcock, Eddie Mathews, Bobby Thomson and Hank Aaron. (From the Milwaukee County Historical Society)
A popular tag team in the 1950s and 1960s, Dick “The Bruiser” Afflis is pictured with his wrestling partner, Milwaukee-born Reggie “The Crusher” Liswoski. (Accessed via FindAGrave. Image courtesy of Steve Guthrie)
Cheryl Keenan, Milwaukee's representative in the National Organization for Women, holds a shirt that reads "A woman's place is in the House...and the Senate" at the city's first women's festival in 1984. (From the Historic Photo Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library)
The Encyclopdia of Milwaukee provides a wealth of information about the city, with hundreds of entries that touch on seemingly every aspect of its history.
But one of the more interesting ways to enjoy the encyclopedia is to browse through its large collection of images. There you’ll find old maps, newspaper clippings and page after page of photos: long-gone buildings, noted luminaries and regular people, festivals, sports stars and just plain unusual sights. For example, the baby hammocks.
Here’s a glimpse of the images available.