Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Monday, March 27, 2017

Broad Street

Perspective is a bit off, but this shows the Broad Street alley in 1984 and in present day.  The recent addition of the high rise office building on Main necessitated the construction of the parking ramp on Broad.
first photo by Peter James Adams & Assoc, Neenah, WI
second photo by Guy Cleveland

Friday, March 24, 2017

A Welcoming, Festive Downtown

With the fifth anniversary of the blog coming up in late April, I thought it appropriate to go back in time, if you will, and revisit some past postings.  This one from 2013 features a festive look for downtown....

Raiding our postcard collection once again earns us this view of downtown in the throes of welcoming conventioneers to town.  See the banners and bunting and festive flags flying off the business fronts.  Judging from the condition of the street and this lady's mode of dress, I judge this view to be pre-1910 or thereabouts since the street appears to be unpaved. 

There was a lot of civic pride and outward synergy in the city during the early 20th century that was expressed in hosting conventions and band competitions that brought statewide and even national attention.  The cover of the Menasha book, is reminiscent of this time period when the city hosted an Elks convention in June of 1910 and put its proverbial best foot forward by paving Main Street. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Saturday Night Special

March 14, 1975, Appleton Post-Crescent
Sounding more like an illicit handgun than a dining option, the Left Guard provides its signature special...the broiled lobster tail and tenderloin steak at $5.95 for a "complete" dinner.  Or, if that doesn't meet your fancy, there's the "complete" broiled lobster tail dinner at the same price.  Not sure what the difference is in the two options, but I'm sure Fuzzy and company knew what it all meant. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


April 10, 1973, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
The news this day brought out this account of the resistance of Old Man Winter from releasing the Fox Valley from its winter bonds, and also this intriguing train derailment.  The supposition is that the six inches of snow had no effect on the trains, with nary a mention in that story of the weather conditions.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The "Big One"

April 7, 1966, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Dear readers, do any of you know what happened to this log?  After this date, news coverage seemed to vanish completely.   Did it ever make it to Smith Park?  I don't recall it there but then again, I haven't been to the park in several years either. I am sure the moving/donation of the log was related to relocating Menasha Corporation's headquarters south of Neenah on Hwy 41.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Post Office Lobby

US Post Office, Menasha Wisconsin, August 1985, Lobby Interior
The post office was dedicated in July, 1933 and these photos, taken over some fifty years later do not belie the origins of this grand building.  Ornate iron works and columnar pedestals for glass-topped lobby tables are just some of the features that date this fine old building which is the oldest post-office building still in operation in the Fox Valley.

Photo by Peter James Adams & Assoc, Neenah, WI

Friday, March 17, 2017

Leprechauns on the Loose!

March 15, 1976, Appleton Post-Crescent
Whatever your personal situation, Memorial Florists had you covered in '76.  And as the ad says, regardless of your nationality, a Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all!