|Found: Enjoying the "Dairy Air" in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Dairy Cow by Patrick Dean Photography, circa 2012|
|Found: Wisconsin is for • Lovers • of Lakes, Streams, Fishing, Camping, and Much, Much More. |
Wisconsin is Whatever you Love by Wuttke Enterprises, Lake Geneva, WI, circa 1980s
|Found: Greetings from Wisconsin by L. L. Cook Co. Milwaukee, Curteichcolor® 3-D Natural Color, circa 1970s|
|Found: Greetings from Wisconsin The Badger State. Wisconsin -- America's Dairyland|
published by Johnson Printing, Eau Claire, Wis. circa 1970s
Times they are a changing as illustrated by these postcards and song. Wisconsin technically lost its place as "America's Dairyland" to California based on milk production a decade or so ago. The state's "factory farms" super charge the "Dairy Air" to toxic odor levels wafting for miles beyond the pasture but may be helping to win back the "America's Dairyland" label. Here's an ode to Wisconsin sung by the incomparable Hildegarde (1906-2005), born in Adell, Wisconsin. Hildegarde memorializes a poetic list of the state's attributes in her souvenir record album circa 1960s:
"Wisconsin's northern lights twinkling, sparkling streams, rolling hills, daffodils, nature's wonderland, running deer, birds on high, sunlight bays, summer days, carefree dreaming in the sky, "She is blessed and caressed, this Wisconsinland I love...."