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Historical Archive 1932–1939

Our story starts in September of 1932 when the MAS was formed in the middle of the Great Depression. By the end of the decade the MAS will be firmly established and have an observatory on 1.1 acres outside Milwaukee in the Town of New Berlin.  

MAS Observatory in the summer of 1938 MAS Observatory summer of 1938 - Field of Dreams
Observatory grounds in late summer / early fall of 1938.
Observatory Aerial "Field of Dreams" Observatory surrounded by corn fields.
MAS Observatory dedication - 1938 MAS Observatory Dedication - 1938
MAS Observatory Dedication - 1938
MAS Observatory Dedication - 1938
MAS Observatory Dedication - 1938 Luverne Armfield's Backyard
MAS Observatory Dedication - 1938
Luverne Armfield's backyard
Luverne Armfield Telescope - in his backyard 1938 One of the regular observing sessions held in Armfield's backyard in West Allis.
Luverne E Armfield's 13-inch telescope. This is the original "A" Scope that will be installed at the new Observatory in New Berlin in 1938.
Backyard Star Party. In the backyard of Luverne Armfield's house in West Allis. This was the unofficial observatory location of the MAS until 1936.
Coordinating meteor observing in Armfield's backyard.
Coordinated meteor watching in Armfield's backyard. Note the microphones and headphones. Armfield is at the eyepiece, Ray Cooke appears to be recoding somthing, and Ed Halbach has a folder in his left arm and a ruler in his right pointing toward the sky.
Coordinated meteor watching in Armfield's backyard. From left to right: Ed Halbach, Luverne Armfield, Liebscher, and Ray Cooke.
Luverne Armfield at the eyepiece, 1938 Observatory Dedication - 1938
Luverne Armfield at the eyepiece of the 8-inch f/15 reflector at the observatory.
Observatory Dedication - 1938
1934 - Cooke, Loepfe, & Kliman in Armfield's backyard 1933 - Luverne Armfield at his 8-inch reflector in his backyard.
Ray Cooke, Joesph Loepfe, and Carolyn Kliman next to the 13-in reflector in Armfield's backyard.
1933 - Luverne Armfield at his 8-inch reflector in his backyard.
1934 - L. Mathias Observatory 1934 - Ray Cooke's Spectrograph
Lynn Mathias' Observatory
1934 - Ray Cooke's Spectrograph
1934 Milwaukee Hobby Council. MAS exhibit. 1935 MAS exhibit at the Milwaukee Hobby Council.
1934 MAS exhibit at the Milwaukee Hobby Council.
1935 MAS exhibit at the Milwaukee Hobby Council.
1936 MAS exhibit at the Milwaukee Hobby Council. Star trails over the Armfield observatory - 1939
1936 MAS exhibit at the Milwaukee Hobby Council.
Star trails over the Armfield Observatory in 1939

 

Pictures from 1937 of the construction of the Domed Observatory to be eventually named the Armfield Observatory.