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Friday, January 13, 2017

A New Modern Machine

January 13, 1960, Appleton Post-Crescent
Here's another in our continuing series of business promos disguised as news stories.  Gunderson's shows off its 1960-ish state-of-the-art dry cleaning machine.  As I've stated before, this is one of the few remaining Main Street businesses from my childhood. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Just Sugar

January 29, 1962, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Malicious mischief was no friend to the Twin Cities in '62. Today, this would be seen as an act of terrorism.  Hopefully, this guy's cry for help would be answered and he got the help he needed; I never found any follow-up information about the case. 

 January 30, 1962, Appleton Post-Crescent  ·

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winnebago Rapids


from: Wisconsin: Its Geography, and Topography, History, Geology, and Mineralogy, Increase Allen Lapham; Milwaukee: I.A. Hopkins, pub (1846)
I've always been fascinated with the early, early days of Menasha.  You can find many refences to Menasha's early days on this blog and in my book.  Nothing highlights the infancy of the town more to me than this passage from the referenced Lapham history above that describes the raw, turbulent river from which so much manufacturing and commerce depended on.  That the river later became the Fox, rather than remaining known as the Neenah still amuses me.  Garlic Island, as mentioned here, lies north of current day Oshkosh and the reference to Clifton...well, that's better known today as High Cliff.   

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Chevys Galore


January 10. 1963, Appleton Post-Crescent
Just before the dawn of 1960's car culture, comes these models. Except for the Corvette and the novelty of the rear engine Corvair, these were pretty bland 1950-ish family models.  The era of muscle cars coming a few years down the road fed into the trendy irreverence of the '60s counterculture. In an era of "do-your-own-thing" and pop art, mod fashions and longer hair, automakers would soon find creative ways to relate to this market.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Ecological First

February 23, 1974, N-M Daily Northwestern
We first visited this treatment plant in September:  http://menashabook.blogspot.com/2016/09/treatment-plant.html.  To me, the advertisement comes across like a bit much of tooting one's horn to mitigate controversy before it develops.  But whether or not it was good for the community, I'll let you be the judge. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

National Contest

January 23, 1970, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Somehow this escaped me the first time, but if I had known a few years earlier about this contest, I would have been all over it.  For all the comic books I read as a kid, it would have been common knowledge to me, as Revell was a major advertiser in those books.  But approaching the age of fifteen, I had put comics aside in an attempt to be more grown up. You'd think I would have glanced at the newspaper now and then. But just think, me with a real space suit....

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Day and Night

November 21, 1968, N-M Daily Northwestern
I remember this business; I believe it was run out of the old Skelly gas station across from the post office, one of many businesses that went through that location like a revolving door.  That blurb about the automatic breathing apparatus sounds like something for undersea divers.