Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Monday, November 12, 2018

Veterans Day

November 12, 1959, Appleton Post-Crescent
Yesterday was Veterans Day, or at least, the traditional one.  Today is the recognized one by the government, so no mail, but some parades today in places.  If you didn't before, please take a moment to honor the brave men and women who have served to keep us all safe and free.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Drucks for All Your Christmas Needs

November 17, 1959, Appleton Post-Crescent
Layaway was a reality at Drucks that fine Christmas season.  What better way to get the latest TV set or other appliance for the family.  And in that time period, everybody didn't have TV yet, so imagine the excitement some families experienced that year. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Looking West Down Main Street

November 26, 1988, Appleton Post-Crescent
From the same article in 1988 regarding downtown revitalization comes this photograph.  As mentioned yesterday, as you can see at the left, that side of Main Street was largely taverns, and, for a time, some unseemly businesses further down the block. You can sure tell Christmas is coming and how fitting to have the iconic Menasha Corporation truck in the foreground.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

South Side (of Main Street)

November 26, 1988, Appleton Post-Crescent
This was the back end of several Main Street southside businesses, since supplanted by a three story office building.  This photo was featured in an article about a potential redevelopment proposal.  While the lot of businesses towards the end of this block's tenure were a number of bars and other questionable "amusements," it was also the block that housed the public library, Tuchscherer's, Marguerite's, a shoe repair, and other assorted enterprises off and on.  For a time, there was a successful waterfront restaurant under various names.  So while the landscape has largely changed in thirty years, memories remain.  Tomorrow, I will feature a more traditional Main Street view from the same time period.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Eclectic Ads

November 29, 1920, Menasha Record
Everything from shoes and hardware to insurance services and groceries and even industrial products bought ad time in the local newspaper in 1920.  Most of the styles were rather plain and the proofreading was suspect, but the paper got the messages across regardless.  And for a vehicle that represented the interests of Menashans for so many years, it was paramount to enlist the support of local merchants. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Relics Collection

November 2, 1957, Appleton Post-Crescent
Going to St. Mary's growing up, I was well aware of the relics the altar held and the occasional visit of new relics from time to time.  I never ever thought that individuals like myself could own such treasures, believing they had to be church property or at least held by the clergy or religious scholars.  The idea they could be bought and sold freely was totally alien to me.  But in my adult life, I've since learned that if there is a market for anything of value, people will eventually find it and exploit it as much as is humanly possible.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

October 16, 1968, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
It's not too late to get your registration in, if you are not already registered to vote.  Owing to the lateness of the calendar, it might entail a visit to the city clerk's office, but hey, we're all good citizens here, right?   Let this notice from 1968 be your reminder.   And what about those $1.95 chicken dinners?!  Winner winner, chicken dinner, as they say.  You won't get away with THAT price anymore, but treat yourself kindly nonetheless for doing your civic duty.