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Saturday, April 25, 2015

This is too much fun to stop!!

We are posting another then and now blog this week. We have moved to the state of Wisconsin; Janesville to be exact. The picture on the front of this post card is showing a Chicago and Northwestern Railroad train as it crosses of the Rock River
near Janesville. The bridge is a good example of a Double-intersection Warren Deck Truss bridge and you can see a lot of it.

The bridge is still used today by the Union Pacific Railroad. It was built between 1907 and 1908 by the American Bridge Company of New York, who built the approach in 1908, and by the Bates and Rogers Construction Company of Chicago, Illinois, who built the main spans in 1907.
The longest span on the bridge is 125 feet, but the entire bridge is 720 feet long.

If you would like to see what it looks like today you can either take at peek at this:

Or use your GPS to get you to these latitude and longitude coordinates: +42.66932, -89.03281 (decimal degrees)
42°40'10" N, 89°01'58" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")

Unfortunately, the back of the post card has been damaged.
I would like to think that it was printed or published by the Rotograph Company, a major printer and publisher of postcards. It was founded by the Germans Ludwig Knackstedt of Knackstedt & Nather in partnership with Arthur Schwarz of Neue Photographische Gesellschaft (a major bromide photo paper manufacturer). They also took over the National Art Views Co. in 1904 to gain quick access to American views, and republished many of these images under the Rotograph name. A wide variety of card types were issued but they are best known for their view-cards in color rotogravure. Many postcards were printed in the Rotograph style without their logo on them. These early cards may have been private contracts made with the Rotograph Company or from orders placed directly with their printers in Germany. Rotograph produced about 60,000 postcards that were printed in Hamburg, Germany, by Stengel of Dresden, by Knackstedt & Nather of Nancy, France, and possibly by Reinike & Rubin of Magdeburg. While Rotograph produced large amounts cards in clearly defined lettered designated sets, they also produced unique small card sets. Rather than assign small sets a new designation, they were often given a taken letter prefix that corresponded to their subject.

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