Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The tourist in search of rest and recreation....

From the Rand-McNally Official Railway Guide and Hand Book, dated 1902, comes these entries, an advertisement for Gilbert Paper and the other touting the industrial and recreational capabilities of the Twin Cities.  I have featured other so-called guidebooks on this blog, usually authored by the various railroads which ran through here, describing Menasha's good qualities for newcomers.  But this one, from the seemingly "neutral" Rand McNally seems as cheerleaderish as the actual railroad versions, with florid language bordering on arrogance.  No doubt the town reveled in seeing itself portrayed that way, and really, where was the harm?

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