Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Friday, January 18, 2019

Main Street Bath

January 14, 1909, Menasha Record
I pretty much figured out most of the particulars of this ad, though the phrase "electric cabinet" intrigued me.  A little research revealed that it was an early form of tanning bed, so popular that the Titanic even featured one in its Turkish Bath.  Maybe I do not know enough about early 20th century Menasha society but I wonder how much use the device really got in mid-winter Menasha. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Many Faces of Winter

January 8, 1982, Twin City News-Record
Some years are harsher than others.  The season tries our patience and empties our wallets to pay the heating bills, but the end result is the same...we get through the Arctic blasts and the named snowstorms and the stalled cars and welcome the dawn of Spring, where we then lament the warmer weather and complain how hot it is!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Cold Duck

January 14, 1975, Appleton Post-Crescent
Everyone wins- the duck, the fire department, the newspaper.  The duck is freed, the fire department gets some good PR, and the newspaper gets a heartwarming piece for a dreary winter's day.   Maybe I'm being too cynical but the only thing that could have been better would have been a news photographer on the scene.  Forward this story 40 years later and the shoreline would have been lined with cell phone-holding witnesses of this very operation.  And you could guarantee the video footage would have been featured on the nightly news.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

South View

January 7, 1975, Twin City News-Record
I never miss an opportunity to feature riverfront Menasha.  Back in November I featured a south side view of Main Street from the Racine Street end: photo gives a more pronounced view of the block. I also ran a photo last month as the dismantling of this bridge was beginning: though that was more a view of the dam than the downtown area.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Paid Back

October 31, 1969, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
This is the fifth in a series of articles that covers the effects of the Great Depression on the Twin Cities.   The interesting takeaway from this installment isn't so much that most people kept their jobs or that the mills kept things going by reducing capacity to 50 or 60 percent.  What is surprising is that what was remembered some forty years later was that many of those who took assistance from the local government ended up paying it back.  I guess that sums up one of the good qualities of our hard working citizens, or maybe it's just indicative of that generation's work ethic.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Careful Cleaning for Uncle Sam

January 19, 1944, Menasha Record
Wartime sacrifices came in all shapes and sizes, to even include the inconvenience of not having one's dry cleaning the way one wanted.  But anything for Uncle Sam's boys, was the watchword everywhere, to include our very own Twin City Cleaners.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Famous Twin Cities

January 30, 1925, Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle
This was one of a series of articles written for the reader to learn about various Wisconsin locales.  In this same issue were sketches about Appleton, Oshkosh, and other northeastern Wisconsin cities. The whole article is written like a travelogue, listing population and other specific characteristics, to include what the cities are famous for- industry, recreation, etc.  No big surprises here, though it is a bit disheartening that all the photos are of Neenah properties.