Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DX Train

November 6, 1964 N-M Northwestern
What lucky kid wouldn't have welcomed this under their Christmas tree?  The Menasha DX station was a half block from my house and somehow this escaped my attention.  Seeing as it was 1964, I'm sure my attention was diverted by GI Joe as that was the first year of his existence; I was a fervent fan.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

So Long, Fuzzy

October 10, 1969 Milwaukee Sentinel

With the recent loss of Fuzzy Thurston, the Left Guard naturally came to mind. I recently found this article via the Milwaukee Sentinel which portrayed how prevalent it was for NFL players and other professional athletes going into the restaurant business. We've covered the Left Guard and Fuzzy's involvement in Menasha in former blog posts as evidenced here:  and . 

Godspeed, Fuzzy.  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Power Plants

It's interesting how so many of these postcards from the early 20th century refer to the mills along the Fox as "power plants."  I'm not sure if that is just postcard industry shorthand for anything with a smokestack or if the authors of the cards were too lazy or too busy to care.  That's George Whiting Paper in the left foreground. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mill Street

The Mill Street entrance to the old Hotel Menasha looks rather busy on this day in 1910.  New-fangled automobiles rule the day with nary a horse in sight.  This "real photo" postcard is unusual in that most postcards of the Hotel Menasha of that era take their view from a Main Street vantage point.

Friday, December 12, 2014


December 12, 1958 Appleton Post-Crescent
With Christmas, 1958 quickly approaching, the Post-Crescent was only too happy to offer their daily gift suggestions in conjunction with local merchants.  This day's edition offered slacks from Grove Clothing, Texaco products from Verbrick's Service, and a furnace from Menasha Sheet Metal.  Of special interest are the TV lamps of Music Box Associates at the Brin Building.  And just in case you've forgotten, during that first decade of mass television adoption, there was that common belief that watching TV in low light could damage one's eyesight. So the TV lamp was invented to add a little light to the room and dispel people’s fears. The one atop our Zenith was also a planter. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

MHS Original

The original Menasha High School, constructed in 1871, demolished in 1896. 

courtesy Neenah History via Flickr, common usage license

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cheer Up Time

Back in those early days of television when every TV station across the country had a live kiddie show, the then-CBS affiliate, WBAY, Channel 2 from Green Bay presented Cheer Up Time, a daily 60 minute cartoon show presided by none other than Colonel Caboose.  It came on right before Captain Kangaroo and I was an avid watcher.  This 1958 ad most likely graced newspapers and TV Guides across the Fox Valley.  We first encountered Colonel Caboose on this blog back in 2012: