Found: Sheboygan River, Sheboygan, WI

Found: Sheboygan River, Wood Scene, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Made in Germany for C.E. Wheelock & Co., Peoria, Illinois & Leipzig. Circa 1907.

The trees reflecting in the water depicted on this postcard bring to mind Edward Steichen's The Pond - Moonrise.  Steichen lived in Milwaukee, from age 10 until age 20, where his interests in photography and painting began. Though working as a lithographer's apprentice, he left for Paris then New York where he met Alfred Stieglitz and helped found the Photo-secessionist group and by 1903 began contributing to Camera Work. Steichen's The Pond, from the same era as this postcard, does not include women posing along the water nor does it include text to associate the scene with a specific place. If Steichen had stayed in Milwaukee to work as lithographer, is this postcard image what his work would have become?

The Pond - Moonrise, 1904, by Edward J. Steichen
Platinum Print with Applied Color (from The Metropolitan Museum of Art collection)

The Pond - Moonlight 1904, by Edward Steichen

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