Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

It's Simple to Save

February 21, 1968, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
This is your periodic check of the Bank of Menasha ads.  And yes, there is still the famous walk-up window, open late every afternoon!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sweet Deal

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.
The Act moved Washington's Birthday (February 22), Memorial Day (May 30), and Veterans Day (November 11) from fixed dates to designated Mondays, and established as a federal holiday Columbus Day to a designated Monday. Veterans Day was removed from this list of "always-on-Monday" holidays when it was moved back to its traditional date of November 11, by act of Congress in 1975, effective 1978.

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 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

Trip Winners

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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sweets Time

January 17, 1969, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Here's wishing you a very fine and loving Valentine's Day today from the Menasha Sweet Shop, home of Bowlby's fine candies. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

How to Win Hearts

February 1, 1958, Appleton Post-Crescent
With Valentine's Day fast approaching, don't forget that the way to win hearts is through small appliances...1958-style, that is!  Okay, I realize this ad is representative of its time, so if the man of the house wasn't willing to pitch in some, then I suppose you could say that easing his wife's household burden was an act of love and affection.