Moonlight on Lake Michigan, Manitowoc, WI

Moonlight on Lake Michigan, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, July 5, 2008
© J. Shimon & J. Lindemann 

Found: Superior, Wis., Moonlight on Lake Superior Bay
 published by Raphael Tuck & Sons, 1907
 Found: "Two Rivers -- Coolest Spot in Wisconsin"
by Curteich, Chicago, circa 1930
Found: Moonlight on Lake  Geneva, from Recreation Building, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, circa 1930
Found: Moonlight on Lake Monona, Foot of Monona Avenue, Madison, Wis. by E.A. Bishop Publishing, circa 1930
Found: Moonlight on Ellison Bay, Door County, Wisconsin by Ahrens News Agency, circa 1930
Found: Moonlight on Wisconsin River, Nelson Dewey State Park, Near Prairie Du Chien, Wis. circa 1931
Caption: "...Indeed it is difficult to imagine a scene more charming than the Wisconsin River by moonlight, as the quiet waters reflect the silvery rays on the pebbled beach and along the winding shores and wooded banks."
The melancholy moon shimmering on lakes and rivers appears a common theme circa 1930. In post-Great Depression America, the faraway moon touching the landscape creates a mystic escape.


  1. Erik Rinard16:44

    When I think about the last time I saw moonlight on Lake Michigan, it wasn't a column across the water, but a reflection of the Moon itself. There's always been something very romantic to me about that idea, that you could walk out onto the water and step into that perfect, shimmering spotlight.

  2. Imagine what the natives thought when they came upon such a scene while gathering berries along the shore...