Monday, April 14, 2014
A colorized postcard of the downtown area between 1905 and 1910. The building to the left is the Bank of Menasha. The nearest streetcar stands in front of the recently built Hotel Menasha, completed in 1905. Notice the dirt street, which wasn't paved until 1910 and the lack of the flag circle which arrived shortly after this depiction was taken. The building directly to the right of the hotel is the office of the Menasha Daily Press and unseen to the right is the original First National Bank, built in 1887. In 1917, that newspaper building will be torn down and a new bank will rise on the site- the stately four-columned bank that served the city for the next 48 years.