Friday, March 22, 2013
A Welcoming, Festive 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.