Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

In the Navy

April 22, 1963, Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
As an employee of Banta's, my Dad would often bring home defective copies of the US Naval Institute's publication, Proceedings.   At the time, I thought it was just another document the company printed.  But this article gives some validation that it was a bigger deal than I thought.  I recall that there was really great art work in those magazines which I enjoyed; I'd occasionally make model ships as a kid, though airplanes were more to my fancy. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Look Back - Main Street, Travelling East

Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of me starting this blog.  That was 1224 posts ago, if you can believe that!  I am most grateful for your attention, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for your indulgence, for your interest, and for your support.  Today, we embark on year six, so in keeping with the past four weeks, I'll rerun one more post from the past five years.  This one is from 2013....
After being situated next to the Hotel Menasha for many years, the 1st National Bank moved several doors west down Main Street, building on the site of the old Valley Theater in 1964.  This mid-1960s photograph of Main Street driving east looks very different from today, as the Marina Place apartments and marina have taken over this property.  The Bank of Menasha is gone, as is the Left Guard, but the memories remain. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Look Back - The New Menasha High School

With the fifth anniversary of the blog coming up on Sunday, I thought it appropriate to go back in time, if you will, and revisit some past postings.  This one is from 2014...
This postcard proudly features the new Menasha High School at Seventh and Racine Streets. Designed by the Green Bay firm of Foeller, Schober & Berners, the Menasha High & Vocational School was built between 1936 and 1938. Plans for the construction of a new high school were underway prior to the March 1936 fire that destroyed the existing high school building. Indeed, in July 1935, an application, complete with sketches, was filed with the Public Works Administration (PWA) for a grant amounting to $270,000 for what was anticipated to be a $600,000 building. Fourteen months following the submittal, and exactly six months after the fire, the Board of Education received in September a letter approving the funding. The Maurice Schumacher Company of Minneapolis was the low bidder and construction began on December 1, 1936. Approximately six weeks later, a labor strike occurred, which was settled on February 4, 1937. Because school equipment was lost in the 1936 fire, an additional $38,000 in funding was requested from the PWA. The final inspection of the four-unit complex occurred on February 19, 1938. An open house, which was reportedly attended by over 14,000 persons, was held between March 25-27. Actual dedication of the building occurred on Commencement Day, June 2, 1938.

The school exhibited a style known as Colonial Revivalism, incorporating Georgian detail with a neoclassical auditorium. 

source: HISTORICAL & ARCHITECTURAL RESOURCES SURVEY, Aug 31, 2009 Prepared for: Menasha Landmarks Commission  by: HERITAGE RESEARCH, LTD. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin 53051

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Independent TV Blaze -1961

October 20, 1961, Oshkosh Daily Northwestern

October 20, 1961, Appleton Post-Crescent
To put into context as to where this fire was some 55+ years ago, imagine the area across the street from the current Curtis Reed Square and City Hall downtown.  Yes, lots of changes over the years. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Firemen Battle Blaze

October 21, 1961, Appleton Post-Crescent
Firemen from Menasha, Neenah, and Appleton battle this blaze that destroyed the Independent TV and Appliance Co.  Damage was estimated at either $60,000 or $150,000, depending on what newspaper you read.  Needless to say, the building was declared a total loss. I'll provide the newspaper coverage tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Worker's Cap

From the latest offerings of eBay comes this little... "Gem."  (I'm sorry, I had to.)  It's a worker's cap from the 1940s/1950s  I am impressed that it carries what was, for its time, the latest advertising pitch the company was using for its most popular product.  Though a bit expensive for my taste at a "buy it now" price of $70 or best offer, you could soon be in possession of this genuine Menasha artifact.  Imagine, some 60-70 years ago, coming into work at the brewery, a stack of these caps at the ready for workers to don, and presumably, pitch away after a day or two's use.  And now it's down to this one collectible cap, just waiting for your intervention.  Don't delay.  Act now. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Jefferson Park Idyll

April 19, 1969, Appleton Post-Crescent
An early morning mood shot to start your work week.  I have always appreciated the atmospheric, artsy type photos that newspaper photographers would occasionally have featured in the paper.  After all, those were the ones that usually won the awards, not the snapshots of mundane city council meetings or a traffic accident at Third and Racine.