Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Happy Father's Day (Belatedly)

June 18, 1960, Appleton Post-Crescent
I missed Father's Day on the blog due to taking some time off the week before and didn't give it a second thought.  But then I came across this neat picture presentation the other day from 1960 and it reminded me that I had forgotten the day entirely.  So many portrayals of dads, especially on television and in movies nowadays portray them as bumbling idiots and the butt of many jokes (Homer Simpson, anyone?). It was refreshing to find this poignant tribute to fatherhood that I can share with you.  To all the dads out there, my hat's off to you.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Tot Lot Safety

June 24, 1972, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
While it's never a bad idea to promote safety, I wonder how much of the safety message got through to these kids, possibly overwhelmed by this magnificent red fire engine in their midst.  If it had been me at their age, I wouldn't have heard one word!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Temperance Pledge- 1861

I found the certificate above in a digital archive for the Newberry Library in Chicago.  Signed in 1861 by 7 year old Ella Bosworth, it is significant for its value in understanding the temperance movement of the era.  But notice who signed this pledge certificate.  Elisha D. Smith, founder of the Menasha Wooden Ware, Menasha benefactor, and teetotaler.  As we've written here before about his donation of Smith Park to the city, he stipulated that there be a strict ban on "alcohol, circuses, gambling, sports, and dangerous machinery" at the park. What became of little Ella remains a mystery to me for now; I wonder if she fulfilled the Band of Hope Pledge for the remainder of her days, abstaining from intoxicating liquor, the use of tobacco, and all profanity.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Twin City

June 21, 1967, Appleton Post-Crescent
We all know this building eventually became City Hall, but fifty years ago this week, it began its life as a savings and loan.  Today this ad would be deemed politically incorrect, but I'll bet it didn't raise many eyebrows in 1967. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Flag Day Observance

June 15, 1972, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
I was on hiatus last week, so I missed my opportunity to celebrate Flag Day with you.  So...instead, we go back a week (and some 45 years) to do it up right.  This cute photo reminds me of a Little Rascals film or some such.  We'd be hard-pressed to find something like this nowadays, I suspect.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


June 23, 1978, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern

We've seen pool preparations in past blog posts the last few weeks, so with the first official day of summer tomorrow, what better place to enjoy it than at the pool?  And with the infamous toe check, no less.  (Looks like the same saw horse I remember.)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Touring Team

June 9, 1963, Appleton Post-Crescent

June 17, 1963, Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Looking back 54 years to another sports legend visiting the Fox Cities.  For any baseball fan, one can only imagine the excitement to come out to the ol' ballpark and see the great Satchel Paige.  I'm only sorry the reporter failed to mention the attendance, because I'm sure it was a packed house.