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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Luebke's CITGO

May 14, 1968, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
We first encountered Dan Luebke's service station in 2015, remarking how in 1964, he left the comfortable corner of Third and DePere for the Town of Menasha on Racine Road.  During those years, the station changed its name from Cities Service to CITGO, keeping in line with the company's nationwide rebranding, giving a new sensibility to the modern 1960's.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Graduation Gifts 2 (Technology Version)

May 15, 1968, Appleton Post-Crescent
Revisiting the great graduation gifts in store for the graduates of the 1968 high schools of the Twin Cities.  Can't beat the "buy one, get one free" aspect of that free transistor radio along with the portable TV.  Black and white, of course.  But in an age of communal television viewing, it was every kid's dream to have his or her own TV set.  And... no finicky cables or satellite hook-ups to worry about. Just the good old aerial it came with or, if one was more tech-minded...rabbit ears.  After all, this IS 1968. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hatch It Yourself


May 17, 1969, Appleton Post-Crescent
Not necessarily related to Easter, but somewhat due to the recent holiday, comes this warm, human interest story which mixes basic goodwill and the chance to learn something new at Gegan Elementary School.  To which I just have to say, Lucky Ducks.  (Ouch, that's some bad punning.)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Congrats, Class of '68

May 15, 1968, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Gift ideas for the recent graduates of 1968 from area merchants.  A bit anachronistic for recent tastes, what with typewriters, tape recorders, and Parker pens leading the field here. Of course, jewelry and a place to put that graduation money is always nice, no matter the year.   

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sitting Room

Interior sitting room at Laemmrich Funeral home at 312 Milwaukee Street, the premier funeral home in Menasha for well over 150 years

Photograph courtesy of the Menasha Public Library

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Gift Chairs for "Mother"

April 25, 1968, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
This little item is left over from Mothers Day a few weeks back.  In the ad copy, I'm not sure why the word "Mother" has quotes around it, but then they called that other set, "His and Hers" so it must have been their thing.  As I said a couple of years ago when I found a Menasha Furniture ad for Prospector Days, I didn't remember seeing a whole lot of ads for the store over the years, but this building nevertheless had a long and storied history at its location on the corner of Milwaukee and Chute streets.  In its many incarnations, it was a dry goods store, the first location for the city's public library, a movie theater, and finally a furniture store, before succumbing to urban progress and being razed for a brand new office building.  Over the years, the upstairs offices had headquartered businesses as diverse as attorneys and dentists and even a radio station in its final years. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Like a Mummy from Egypt

May 2, 1964, Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
I have memories of being bandaged up by my sister, who also attended St. Mary's, albeit in previous years than portrayed here.  Or was it related to her becoming a candy striper at Theda Clark?  Whichever the case, I was a "patient" of hers many times.