Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Thursday, June 30, 2016

50th Anniversary of First National Bank

July 3, 1937, Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
An interesting recitation of events, regarding the 50th anniversary of the First National Bank.  And sons of the original founders of the institution were still "keeping it in the family," so to speak. In that more personal era, such news would surely reassure patrons and the other officers of the bank alike, that here was a solid institution, continually striving to help maintain the economic wellbeing of the town.  It wasn't going anywhere and one could always rely upon it.  Today, with all the bank mergers that have led to nationwide chain banks, having such a lineage linking to the past is a near impossibility.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Heat Wave

June 8, 1970, Appleton Post-Crescent
Nothing like the first heat wave of the summer to send kids in droves to the local swimming pools.  Of course, it didn't take the heat to attract the kids there anyway.  It was just a rite of summer to most of us. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bang Up 4th of July Specials

June 28, 1967, Appleton Post-Crescent
Discount prices on all legal fireworks AND specials on home-made wieners and brats.  All the fixin's for a 4th of July picnic.  What could be finer for an upcoming Independence Day celebration?  Add those Graf's canned sodas and you have yourself a party! 

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Birds

June 7, 1964, Appleton Post-Crescent
Fans of Alfred Hitchcock's movie, The Birds, will appreciate this story.  Seems nature was at its most menacing during a several week period in 1964 on Doty Island.  Life imitates art sometimes, and this case certainly brought that old adage to life. 

Friday, June 24, 2016


September 29, 1965, Appleton Post-Crescent
This hardware store might not have looked exactly as described in the above article, but this is what it evolved to in the late '70s/early '80s.  I remember many the day, going in that back door that fronted Broad Street to have the lawn mower repaired or to enter the store proper for some part.  Thinking back on it, compared to today's big box hardware retailers, the intimacy and compact nature of the store certainly evokes another era, one that seems to be gone forever.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bank of Menasha Renovation

June 13, 1962, Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
We'd seen evidence of this renovation before, but I hadn't seen the photo of the renovation in progress:  It still amazes me how they turned the building to the left into a one level, modernistic design:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Amusements for a Friday Night

June 17, 1966, Appleton Post-Crescent
Ways to spend a Friday night in the valley in 1966.  Interesting to note that the Brin theater, a few years removed from oblivion, has already economized by opting out of the picture advertising the other theaters engaged in.