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The Spafford House at 501 North Prospect, Rockford. Above the sitting room fireplace is a portrait of Mrs. Jessie Spafford.

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Two men with a little girl are seated in a porch attached to a house. The enclosed porch appears to be a place for the family to relax. A porch allowed for the viewing of the outdoors while enjoying the comforts of the house interior.

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Emil and Martha Johnson in their sitting room on their 25th wedding anniversary. Antimacassars are being used on the armchairs.

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George Johnson on his Confirmation Day. The sitting room in in the house the Johnson family rented at 1412 Parmele Street. The furniture is draped at the head and arms with decorative fabric called antimacassar. The purpose was to prevent the soiling…

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George and Emil Johnson in their sitting room on George's Confirmation Day. The house they rented was located at 1412 Parmele Street.

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Emil, Martha, and George Johnson in their sitting room of the house they rented on 1412 Parmele Street in Rockford.

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Emil Johnson sitting in a large wooden rocking chair.

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The library in the Harold Clark home at 939 North Second Street. This home was designed by Rockford architect Jesse Barloga in 1933-1934. The home was designed for Lewis Harold Clark and his wife Effie. Harold Clark was the son of J. L. Clark, who…

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An unidentified dining room. Decorations cover every surface including the ceiling, walls and windows. Seated around the table is a gathering of sisters and sister-in-laws of the Andrew family. Left to right are Jane Andrew (Mrs. John Picken), Janet…

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An unidentified sitting room and parlor. The tassels in the doorway are decorative and serve to divide the space from one room to another. The use of animal skin rugs was a way to bring nature into the domestic setting of the home.

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A parlor with a piano in an unidentified home. A piano provided entertainment for visitors and was a focal point in the room. Portraits are displayed on piano and on floor.

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A main room of an unidentified home where the family could relax. Mementoes are displayed throughout the room indicating that this is public space where visitors would be welcome. Light is provided by the fireplace and the table lamp.

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Miss Pearl Biller's room in the Nordstrom home at 218 West Street. Room walls provide a large surface for decorating. The flower swag border at the top of the wall adds color to the room. During the mid to late 1800s, homes were highly decorated to…

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Nordstrom home at 218 West Street. A view of the arrangement of public rooms in the house. Doorways are draped with fabric and bead curtains which can be closed to provide some privacy to the room.

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Possibly a dining room at the Gust Nordstrom home, 218 West Street. An animal skin rug is on the floor in front of the fireplace. As heating technology changed fireplaces became nostalgic and a focus point of the room. As a focus point, the…

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A cozy corner at the Gust Nordstrom home, 218 West Street. A couch lined with tassels and large throw pillows is at the left. Lace curtains at the windows were typical of the late nineteenth century. Mass produced machine made lace was available,…

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Dining room at the William Brown house, 326 South Third Street. Folding chairs are set up for a large gathering.

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Dining room at the William Brown house, 326 South Third Street. The room is set up for a large gathering. Lace curtains on the windows were a typical decoration in the late nineteenth century. Decorating with tassels and fabric in doorways was very…

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A corner of the sitting room at the Willard Wheeler home, 228 South First Street. The draped fabric at the left could be dropped to provide some privacy. An unidentified woman sits at the desk with papers.

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Sitting room at the Willard Wheeler home, 228 South First Street. The doorway in the foreground is draped with fabric lined with tassels. This fabric can be dropped to cover the entire entrance and provide some privacy inside the room.

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Sitting room at the Willard Wheeler home, 228 South First Street.

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Parlor at the Willard Wheeler home, 228 South First Street. At left is the corner of a piano. A dog rests on the rug in the doorway.

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Parlor at the Willard Wheeler home, 228 South First Street.

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A sitting room at the Willard Wheeler home, 228 South First Street. Tassels and fabrics were an important part of decorating rooms during the late nineteenth century.

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The parlor or dining room at the Willard Wheeler home at 228 South First Street.

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Cozy corner at the Willard Wheeler home 228 South First Street. Cozy corners were popular 1880 - 1920 as oriental patterns and items became more easily available in America. The cozy corner has a broad seat or couch and many large pillows covered…

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A bedroom in the Willard Wheeler home at 228 South First Street. Wallpaper used in a bedroom during the nineteenth century usually meant that it was the master bedroom.

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A room in the home of Alexander and Venetia R. Walker at 410 South Third Street. This may be a private sitting room for family members to relax. A cozy corner is against the wall. The Victorian cozy corner usually featured a couch or broad seat,…

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The home of Alexander and Venetia R. Walker at 410 South Third Street. Possibly a sitting room. Blanche Walker and H. Stanton Burpee were married in front of the windows on June 9, 1897.

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Dining room in the home of Alexander and Venetia R. Walker at 410 South Third Street. The highly decorative fireplace indicates that this is a public space. The cabinets store and display serving dishes.

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Front hall of the Alexander and Venetia R. Walker home at 410 South Third Street. The parlor opens off this room, keeping guests in the public areas of the house.

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The home of Alexander and Venetia R. Walker at 410 South Third Street. Possibly a sitting room. The doorway at right leads to the front hall. It is possible that a large mirror is at left with the same woodwork frame as the doorways.

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The home of Alexander and Venetia R. Walker at 410 South Third Street. Possibly a sitting room next to the parlor. The parlor is the more formal of the two rooms. An animal skin rug is laying across the threshold between two rooms.

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Blanche Walker's bedroom at 410 South Third Street. The walls are plain as wallpaper was generally used only in the public rooms of the house.

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Blanche Walker's bedroom at 410 South Third Street. Bedrooms were private rooms in the nineteenth century home. The curtains are not as fancy as the ones used in the parlor.

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The home of Alexander and Venetia R. Walker at 410 South Third Street. The parlor with a highly decorative fireplace, gas light fixtures, a picture rail to support framed art, and lace curtains at the window. The mirror over the fireplace calls…

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Possibly the home of Mr. Charles Herrick at 420 South Third Street. The front hall staircase with the parlor to the right.

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Possibly the home of Mr. Charles Herrick at 420 South Third Street. The piano is out of view at the left near the door opening to the parlor. The center door leads to the front hall and the door at right leads to the dining room.

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Possibly the home of Mr. Charles Herrick at 420 South Third Street. The piano is in a room between the parlor and the dining room. The ceiling light is powered by gas.

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Possibly the home of Mr. Charles Herrick at 420 South Third Street. The parlor features a highly decorative fireplace. The mirror over the fireplace helps to make the room seem larger.

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Possibly the home of Mr. Charles Herrick at 420 South Third Street. A view of the staircase to the second floor and an open doorway to the dining room where the wall to wall carpet stops. The dining room has a bare wood floor.

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The home of Alexander and Venetia R. Walker at 410 South Third Street showing the intersection of three rooms, possibly the parlor, sitting room and front hall.

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Possibly the home of Mr. Charles Herrick at 420 South Third Street with a view into the parlor. Wallpaper was used in the most important and public rooms of the house. During the mid to late 1800s, mass production techniques lowered the cost of…

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Possibly the parlor of Mr. Charles Herrick at 420 South Third Street. The fireplace screen protects the room from flying embers. The ceiling light is powered by gas. The paintings at each side of the fireplace are hanging from a picture rail, which…

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Two children posed in a living room. The cabinet displays various mementos and books.

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A living room with lace curtains at the window. A slant top desk is in the back corner. The slant top is hinged at the bottom allowing it to be pulled downward to serve as a writing surface. This type of desk uses a small amount of space and keeps…

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Living room furnishings indicate use of this room for visiting with guests. A radio console popular in the 1930s is by the window next to the door. Radios of this time were in cabinets so large that they were considered decorative furniture as well…

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An Arts and Crafts style interior. The Arts and Crafts style was popular from 1880 -1920, focusing on craftsmanship and the natural beauty of materials. It featured rooms and furnishings designed for efficient and simple living. The home floor plan…

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Native American cultures and decorative items were very popular with nineteenth century Americans. In the 1890s, many American homes had a "cozy corner" to display oriental arts. By the early 1900s, the corner became a place to display Native…

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Looking through the parlor doorway from what may be the front hall. Nineteenth century homes had a parlor located near the front door. It was a public room of the house for visiting with guests. Locating public rooms near the front door kept guests…

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A parlor with a fireplace. By the 1840s fireplaces were no longer the main heating source for the house. Fireplaces became a decorative focal point in the room. The curtain at the doorway could be closed to provide some privacy when visiting with…

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A parlor in a late nineteenth century home. Parlors were public rooms where guests were entertained. A piano provided music during a visit. Artwork was chosen for display to impress visitors and provide status to the family.

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Irl and Dorothy Martin with their children, "Huck" (Harold) and Mary Barbara (Mrs. Billy Bittle) in front of the fireplace.

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An unidentified home greenhouse. Owners of large homes in the United States built conservatories onto their residences during the late 1800s and early 1900s. A conservatory is a glass structure that served as living space as well as protecting…

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An unidentified home greenhouse. Owners of large homes in the United States built conservatories onto their residences during the late 1800s and early 1900s. A conservatory is a glass structure that served as living space as well as protecting…

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An unidentified sitting room. A sitting room was public space within the house where guests were entertained. Artwork chosen for display provided an identity for the family living in the home. The choice of art reflected the family's beliefs. On…

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The Monday Club 65th Birthday Luncheon, held at the home of Mrs. E. P. Lathrop at 105 Douglas. Identified are Mrs. Walter Green, Mrs. Webb Stevens, Mrs. Harold Walcott, Mrs. William E. Hinchcliff, Miss Louise Smith. The Monday Club was founded in…
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