About the Remember When...collection
"Remember When..." was a popular newspaper feature of The Milwaukee Journal from 1963 through 1994. Published in the Green Sheet section of the newspaper on a twice-weekly basis until 1981 and weekly after that, the feature was prepared by Milwaukee Public Library staff to highlight Milwaukee's rich and colorful past as preserved in the Historic Photo Collection of the library.
Library staff selected historic photos from the Local History Collection, supplemented by favorite photos sent in by readers. Staff researched the topic and wrote a brief description that furthered the readers' appreciation for Milwaukee's heritage. This very popular series reminded some readers of times gone by and provided others with a historic tour of Milwaukee through the eyes of an earlier generation.
The feature made its debut in November 1963, and today the commentary itself is a snapshot of a bygone era. Many descriptions refer to people, places, buildings, and institutions that are only memories. Comments and suggestions from our readers have always been an integral part of the "Remember When" series.
Additional comments, corrections, or insights to these historic photos are always welcome. Now a new generation can enjoy a selection of these nostalgic snapshots of Milwaukee history that have entertained readers for decades.
Browse this collection