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KENOSHA — A new exhibit that takes a look the progression of cameras through the years has opened at the Kenosha History Center, 220 51st Place.

“Interesting Cameras” will include the growth of photography specialty shops in Kenosha and the historical use of the selfie. The cameras on display all come from the personal collection of Racine resident Vaughn Martens. He is a member of the Argus Collectors Group and has been collecting cameras for several years. The earliest camera featured in the display is a Senca Kao Sr. 4X5 Plate Box Camera that dates to 1903. The collection includes cameras from companies such as Bolsey, Argus and Kodak.

The display was designed and installed by Carthage College History Department interns Carolyn Luedecke and Marisa Matiasovsky.

Artifact of month

The Kenosha History Center’s artifact of the month for May was chosen by University of Wisconsin-Parkside intern Bradley Kautenburg. He has chosen World War II ration books.

The ration books on display were donated by various residents of Kenosha County over the years. Kautenburg picked these artifacts because they are intimate pieces of Kenosha History; each book has the bearer’s name and address written inside. It is uncommon when dealing with historic artifacts to have total confidence of the original owner. Over the years, many Kenosha residents have donated these treasures to the Kenosha History Center after finding them in drawers or attics and wishing to share them with the public.

There is no admission fee to the center; donations are accepted.

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