• Tinker's Swiss-style Barn

    Robert Tinker constructed a three-story Swiss-style barn in 1873. It housed dairy cows, chickens and their feed.

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  • Fair of 1879: View 2

    Seely, W. T

    This view shows a portion of the baseball diamond at the Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Rockford, in September 1879. The field probably looks much as it did when the Forest City Baseball Club played he…

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  • John Blair

    Robert Tinker

    John Blair arrived in Rockford, Illinois, in 1853, and worked as a landscape architect for many local residents. He worked for Mary Manny until 1865, when he moved to Chicago. In 1885 Blair was induce…

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  • Second Congregational Church, Rockford

    Brown, George W

    This building, built 1857-1858, was used by the Second Congregational Church until the new church was built in 1892. Located west side of 200 block of South Church Street. View from late 1860's.

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  • W. F. and John Barnes Factory

    Gilman, William H

    Organized in 1871, W.F. and John Barnes, 300 block of South Water Street, produced machinery and machine tools in Rockford for over one hundred years.

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  • Nelson Hotel and William Brown Building

    Gilman, William H

    Looking north up South Main Street. Chestnut Street runs between these two buildings, erected 1891-1892.

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  • State Street Bridge, looking west

    Seely, W. T

    This iron bridge served at State Street, 1871-1890

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  • Mechanics Furniture Company Employees

    Mechanics Furniture Company was organized in 1890 and was a prominent manufacturer until it closed in 1934. The plant was located at 1100 Seminary Street. This photo was taken at the plant on May 15,…

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  • Reaper model

    Salesmen for reaper companies would travel across the country and use models to demonstrate the product. Robert Tinker worked as a salesman for the Manny Reaper Company when he arrived in Rockford, Il…

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  • Rootwood Table

    This rootwood table was made to be used inside Tinker Swiss Cottage, Rockford, Illinois. Robert Tinker was inspired by Andrew Jackson Downing to surround his Swiss Cottage with rustic furniture made f…

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  • Tinker Swiss Cottage, Rockford, Illinois

    A mill's grindstone was used as a dining table at Tinker Swiss Cottage. View looking west.

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  • Rockford Rifles Officers

    The Rockford Rifles were part of the Illinois National Guard, Company B, 3rd Regiment. This photo of the officers is circa 1877.

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  • Andrews Wire and Iron Works

    Photograph of interior of Andrews Wire and Iron Works

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  • Andrews Wire Company

    Photograph of interior of Andrews Wire Company

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  • Frank G. Morgan's Flour and Feed Store

    Frank G. Morgan operated this business at the southwest corner of West State and South Church Street (500 block of West State) from 1887-1901.

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  • Rockford High School

    McPherson, A. C

    East side and west side high schools were unified in 1884 and this building on South Madison Street opened in 1886 to house the students. With much expansion this site was the high school's location u…

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  • Brown's Hall handbill, 1869

    Register Print

    Brown's Hall was located in the 100 block of West State Street, northeast corner of West State and North Wyman.

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  • Winnebago County Fairgrounds, 1887: View 1

    Wilkins, George

    View of portion of fairgrounds showing part of racetrack on the day of bicycle races, September 7, 1887.

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  • Tinker Swiss Cottage Gardens

    Tropical plants were popular with Victorian gardeners. The girl is sitting on a rustic bench made from tree roots and branches. Robert Tinker made this after being inspired by Andrew Jackson Downing.

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  • Skaters on Rock River: View 1

    Gilman, William H

    View is looking east toward east end of State Street Bridge, circa 1900.

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