Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ski Jump Disapproved

March 15, 1963, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Finally, Wisconsin Dells could breathe a sigh of relief...efforts to have our own Tommy Bartlett Water Show on Little Lake Butte des Morts failed this time around.   And no ubiquitous bumper stickers out there touting our water pageant, either. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Flag Raising

October 12, 1967, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
I remember only too well when Gegan was built on Airport Road, as my grandparents lived on that road.  Once again, the lure of construction viewed by this kid from his stingray bike made its siren call.  How could I resist? 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

End of Month Coupon Days

October 25, 1960, Appleton Post-Crescent
Time once again to reminisce about those long-gone businesses from around the two towns.  Aside from Krueger's in Neenah (since relocated from their downtown), they're all long gone.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


October 16, 1965, Appleton Post-Crescent
It's always nice to browse through the old papers and find these slide-of-life photos to break up the mundane and depressing news of the day.  I'm quite familiar with this scene, having seen it repeated many times over the years as I walked back and forth to school at St. Mary's.  It was always nice to pause for a moment and admire somebody's work, be it paving the streets or something more artistic, like this. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

History is Being Made!

October 29, 1960, Appleton Post-Crescent
Of course, the ad here refers to the historic Kennedy-Nixon presidential race of 1960, but how timely to get ready for THIS year's historic race, albeit with a bit more modern television.  Whatever your political affiliation, Admiral had you covered at the Music Box in the Brin building.   We've met this retailer before:  While not as long-lived as Druck's at the other end of Main Street, it's interesting to see two major dealers in such a small space vying for your appliance dollars 

Friday, October 14, 2016


October 10, 1960, Appleton Post-Crescent
Before the Left Guard took over the same real estate, the Avalon was resident in the downtown area, just behind the Bank of Menasha.  Originally a bar, then a bar/grill....

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Don't Forget to Write

October 15, 1976, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern

An article like this does my heart good, being a postcard kind of guy.  But of course, receiving them in the mail is definitely a hit-or-miss proposition these electronic days. Postcards are still available and some might take the time and trouble to send them on to their friends, though it's often difficult to find them.  It's just too easy to send a text note saying, "having a great time, wish you were here."  Or a series of texts (or tweets) throughout your vacation.