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Friday, January 20, 2017

New Brin

January 18, 1929, Appleton Post-Crescent
I came across this and wondered why it was called the New Brin Threatre (sic) when it dawned on me that it hadn't been open that long, as of the date of this ad.  So I went back and found the following account of its opening on Christmas Day, 1928:

December 26, 1928, Appleton Post-Crescent
In my naivete, I never would have thought that this theater's opening on Christmas Day all those years ago would bring out so many curious patrons on this, the most sacred of the holidays.  In thinking of the past, I tend to view it as a more conservative time, when stores and businesses were traditionally closed on Sundays and holidays.  But it WAS the Roaring 20's after all, and the old adage of "give the public what they want and they'll show up for it" applies here, I suppose. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Aspiring Artist

January 19, 1964, Appleton Post-Crescent
The upcoming inauguration had me looking for presidential type connections to Menasha and this is one thing I eventually found.  Of course, JFK has nothing to do with tomorrow's events, save for that fact that he, too, was inaugurated as President!  Of course, due to the preceding year, the late President Kennedy was undoubtedly a popular subject during this time.  Nevertheless, this human interest story about an aspiring artist just reinforces the notion that talent is everywhere, even in our home town.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ice Thaw

January 18, 1973, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Akin to the recent weather in the Menasha area, this photo from forty-four years ago foretells the inevitable...an eventual thaw that will bring a more welcome spring to the valley. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

You Are Cordially Invited....

January 13, 1961, Appleton Post-Crescent
Over time, there have been mergers and acquisitions to this entity, but the Laemmrich tradition continues to this day in Menasha.  And the facility looks largely the same, as in this 1961 celebration of its expansion.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Midwest? Yes, But....

This latest postcard find showcases the Menasha lock, though it is attributed to the elusive Menasha, Minnesota!  Methinks the publisher of said image needed a lesson in geography, way back in the early 1900's. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

A New Modern Machine

January 13, 1960, Appleton Post-Crescent
Here's another in our continuing series of business promos disguised as news stories.  Gunderson's shows off its 1960-ish state-of-the-art dry cleaning machine.  As I've stated before, this is one of the few remaining Main Street businesses from my childhood. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Just Sugar

January 29, 1962, Neenah-Menasha Daily Northwestern
Malicious mischief was no friend to the Twin Cities in '62. Today, this would be seen as an act of terrorism.  Hopefully, this guy's cry for help would be answered and he got the help he needed; I never found any follow-up information about the case. 

 January 30, 1962, Appleton Post-Crescent  ·