A Trip to the Badger State

“On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Grand old badger state!
We, thy loyal sons and daughters,
Hail thee, good and great.”

State song written by J. S. Hubbard and Charles D. Rosa
Composed by William T. Purdy

Al Ringling Theatre
Baraboo, Wisconsin
Postally Unused


Excerpts from back of postcard:
“Interior view of the Al Ringling Theater, designed from the Grand Opera Hall, built 1753-70 by Louis XV, as a unit of the Famous Palace of Versailles, near Paris.”

“This Red, Plush, Gold Lined Jewel Box is the Greatest Masterpiece of European Architecture ever used in an American Theater.”

Al Ringling Theatre
Evergreene Architectural Arts
Haunted Baraboo
Isthmus Architecture

Oriental Theatre
2230 North Farwell Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Postally Unused


From back of postcard:
“The Oriental Theatre was designed by local architects Dick and Bauer, and opened in July, 1927. With an exotic blend of Far East stylings, the spectacular lobby and auditorium feature an array of guardian lions, a trio of chandeliers and over 100 elephants.”

Oriental Theatre  
Historic Milwaukee

Postcards part of the Theatre TalkCollection, please ask permission to copy and/or use. At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Private walks also available.

Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.

The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition





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