A treasure trove of historical Two Rivers photographs awaits online! The valuable collection, which once could only be accessed by visiting a locked cabinet at the Lester Public Library, can be readily viewed here.
About the Collection
This glimpse into Two Rivers’ past is a unique blend of photographs selected from the collection of Hubert R. Wentorf (circa late 1800s to mid-1950s), and vintage product catalogs from the Fisher-Hamilton Company, a major employer in the city since 1880 (now known as Thermo-Fisher Scientific). Two Rivers’ deep agricultural, manufacturing, and commercial fishing history is reflected in these valuable images. While the collection was moved online in 2010 for ease of access, the Lester Public Library continues to hold the original photos. Stop by the library’s help desk if you’d like to take a look.
Wentorf was both a photographer and a collector of historical photographs. His images focus on local landmarks, industries and institutions, and people going about daily life. Many of his photographs include group shots of local organizations and civic groups.
The Fisher-Hamilton catalogs document the products manufactured by the company and the evolution of these products (and the company itself) over the years. In addition to their historical interest and nostalgic appeal, these catalogs frequently serve as a valuable resource to antique hunters as they attempt to identify their treasures.