Regardless of what Elmer was doing on business, it's good to know his better half, Winnie, was having a good time by (her)self, taking in the town. We hadn't seen this variation on the Hotel Menasha postcard before, though it has all the standard elements of previous versions- corner view, people milling about, even a glimpse of an auto. The postmark looks like 1925.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
February 21, 1968, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
When we were growing up, we celebrated George Washington's birthday on February 22nd. That changed in 1971 with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an act of Congress that amended the federal holiday provisions of the United States Code to establish the observance of certain holidays on Mondays. The Act was signed into law on June 28, 1968 and took effect on January 1, 1971.
Contrary to popular belief, the Act did not officially establish "Presidents Day", nor did it combine the observance of Lincoln's Birthday with Washington's Birthday. The perception stems from the fact that the act placed federal observance of Washington's "birthday" in the week of February 15 to 21 and, since that week always falls between Lincoln's birthday (February 12) and Washington's (February 22), but never includes either date, popular references have given rise to the title, which recognizes both Presidents. Many [update]states officially refer to the holiday as "Presidents' Day."
Whomever you celebrate that day, it's still a great occasion for cherry pie.
Friday, February 17, 2017
February 20, 1966, Appleton Post-Crescent
Nothing like a retro trend to buck the cultural norm. Instead of mod or hippie influenced fashions, we get gangster-chic at the height of the sixties. It reminds me a bit of the renewed interest in the 1950's era in the 1970's, thanks to the success of the movie, American Graffiti and its television cousin, Happy Days.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
February 6, 1968, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
As if they were featured in mug shots for crimes they didn't commit, these lucky six, instead, earned trips to Florida. I never had a route myself but I had assisted several of my friends over the years from time to time and was well aware of the various contests and promotions to reward hard working youngsters. Congrats, one and all!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
February 1, 1958, Appleton Post-Crescent
With the exception of actual snow blowers, this hardware store had winter all wrapped up. Before the introduction of Gambles to the Main Street landscape, this address was the long time location of a revolving door of various pool rooms and billiard halls...Mission Pool and Billiard Hall in 1910, Palace Billiards in 1920, and Ciske Bros. in 1924. All, just a few doors down from Tuchscherer's shoes.