Marjorie Eid of the Winneconne (WI) Historical Society reports that more than 100 original photographs by Beatrice Tonnesen have recently been found. Tonnesen grew up in Winneconne. Most of the photos were found in an old, long-unopened envelope box at the Society. The donor is unknown. The collection contains a wonderful range of subjects and time periods, everything from Victorian family scenes to portraits of glamorous flappers.
Scott Cross, Archivist at Oshkosh Public Museum, itself the holder of a large Tonnesen archive, has authenticated the Winneconne photographs, terming them an “absolutely wonderful collection.” Sumner Nelson, Beatrice Tonnesen’s great-nephew, has scanned most of the photos and posted them to this blog. Those images can now be seen in Catalog Album 15.