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Check out these rare images, shared by collector Terry Johannes. (PHOTO: Terry Johannes)

12 rare old Milwaukee photographs

Vintage photographs allow us to step back in time and rethink the Milwaukee landscape that we see and know and inhabit today. They let us see how our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents saw and inhabited the same space decades ago.

Plus, they're pretty darn fascinating.

Thankfully, there are collectors out there scouring antique stores, Ebay and any place they might unearth these treasures.

One of those collectors is the extremely knowledgeable and affable Terry Johannes, who has graciously responded to my request to select some rare gems from his personal stash of Milwaukee history. (Alas, the photographer's names are lost to history.)

Here are a dozen images he selected.

Green Diamond passenger train, Everett Street Milwaukee Road station, 1936

Looking south down Water Street from City Hall, circa 1900

Looking east along Wells Street from City Hall, circa 1900

Milwaukee armory, jail and firehouse, Broadway and Wells

The Italian National Savings Bank, 720 N. Jackson St., circa 1920

City Hall area, circa early 1920s

Looking north on Plankinton Avenue from Michigan Street, 1939

American Legion convention parade, Kilbourn Avenue, 1941

Looking south from the Kilbourn Avenue bridge, 1924

Sisters of Notre Dame convent, Knapp and Milwaukee Streets, 1939, demolished around 1960

Elk's Club Flag Day celebration, Mason and Prospect, 1952

Elk's Club national convention, Wisconsin Avenue, 1901

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