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    • Remember When...hatters had accessories?

    • Remember When...hatters had accessories?

    • Reinhardt & Devitt (Milwaukee, Wis.); Grand Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Hat trade -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The sign may have proclaimed the Reichardt & Devitt Co. as "Fashionable Hatters," but from the looks of their displays, they carried a lot more than chapeaus. The window on the right had racks full of different types of gloves worn in the 1890s -...
    • Remember When...27th and Wisconsin was 'out in the country'?

    • Remember When...27th and Wisconsin was 'out in the country'?

    • Grand Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Twenty-seventh Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Streets -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Police communication systems -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • Things sure were different then as far as traffic was concerned. Pedestrians were more in danger of being bumped by a bicycle or horse than an automobile. This picture from the local history room of the public library was taken in 1914 when W....
    • Remember When...horsepower meant the real thing?

    • Remember When...horsepower meant the real thing?

    • Emil A. Krause, Horse-Shoer (Milwaukee, Wis.); Blacksmithing -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Blacksmiths -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Krause, Emil A.; North Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • In 1910, bicycles were abundant and about 1,500 automobiles traveled the streets of Milwaukee, but the blacksmith trade still flourished. For every 1,000 people in the census that year, the city recorded between three and four blacksmiths. Emil...
    • Remember When...the Plankinton Building grew taller?

    • Remember When...the Plankinton Building grew taller?

    • Plankinton Building (Milwaukee, Wis.); Plankinton Arcade (Milwaukee, Wis.); S. M. Siesel (Firm); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Automobiles; Building sites -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The Plankinton Building, now the heart of Milwaukee’s Grand Avenue mall, originally was a two-story structure built in 1916 on the site of the old Plankinton House Hotel. Eight years later, construction got under way on a five-story addition. ...
    • Remember When...patent medicines were made and purveyed here?

    • Remember When...patent medicines were made and purveyed here?

    • Twelfth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); State Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Greenwood Bros. (Milwaukee, Wis.); Lemke, Albert J.; Drugstores -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • "Lemke's Corner," the conductor would call out as the horse drawn street-car approached this north-east corner of 12th and State Sts. in the late 1800s. That identification was acquired because of Albert J. Lemke, druggist and patent medicine man...
    • Remember When...near beer was on the way out?

    • Remember When...near beer was on the way out?

    • Mader's German Restaurant (Milwaukee, Wis.); Third Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Restaurants -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Mader, Gus; Prohibition -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • No doubt the signs on the window of Mader's Restaurant expressed the sentiments of many Milwaukeeans as the end of Prohibition approached in 1933. The display proclaimed joyfully, "Out they go! Our last 100 cases of near beer at 5 cents per...
    • Remember When...the big snow of '47 buried Milwaukee?

    • Remember When...the big snow of '47 buried Milwaukee?

    • Kilbourn Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Snow -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Winter -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Weather -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Blizzards -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • "We're going to have some nasty weather," warned weatherman Howard J. Thompson, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1947, and he didn't know how right he was! Less than 48 hours later, Milwaukee was buried under 18.1 inches of snow. The fall was so thick that...
    • Remember When...E. Wells was called Oneida?

    • Remember When...E. Wells was called Oneida?

    • Wells Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Oneida Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Jefferson Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); City Hall (Milwaukee, Wis.); Public buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; City halls -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • "The city directory is Milwaukee's catalog," its ads used to proclaim, and certainly their listings are still a big help in pinpointing what's where in Milwaukee, especially in old photographs like this one. E. Wells St. was called Oneida St. when...
    • Remember When...the Holton St. viaduct was shorter?

    • Remember When...the Holton St. viaduct was shorter?

    • Holton Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Holton Street Viaduct (Milwaukee, Wis.); Viaducts -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Bridges -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The Holton St. viaduct is a familiar part of the East Side Milwaukee landscape, and there are, no doubt, many Milwaukeeans who can recall its dedication ceremonies in 1926. But there aren't too many people who remember its predecessor, this lift...
    • Remember When...Eugene's was in the Hotel Juneau?

    • Remember When...Eugene's was in the Hotel Juneau?

    • Hotel Juneau (Milwaukee, Wis.); Globe Hotel (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Hotels -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Restaurants -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Eugene's Restaurant (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • "The Sign of the Lobster" of Eugene's restaurant dominated the exterior of the Hotel Juneau when this picture was taken in 1947. The hotel was located at 807-815 E. Wisconsin Ave., on the south side of the avenue, between N. Cass and N. Marshall...
    • Remember When...the Tripoli Temple was being "domed"?

    • Remember When...the Tripoli Temple was being "domed"?

    • Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Freemasons -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America. Tripoli Temple (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • That shape could only belong to the bulbous dome of the Tripoli Temple, 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave. The lodge building was designed by Clas, Shepherd and Clas, Milwaukee, and was built in 1928 by Milwaukee members of the Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of...
    • Remember When...there was a run on the First National Bank?

    • Remember When...there was a run on the First National Bank?

    • Water Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); First National Bank (Milwaukee, Wis.); First Wisconsin National Bank (Milwaukee, Wis.); Banks and banking -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Bank buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee;...

    • This was the scene when hundreds of Milwaukeeans rushed in carriage and on foot to the First National Bank on the corner of what is now N. Water St. and E. Wisconsin Ave., in 1905. The bank's president had been arrested for embezzling $1.6 million...
    • Remember When...streetcars needed shoveling out?

    • Remember When...streetcars needed shoveling out?

    • Walnut Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Charles Cowalsky & Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.); Winter -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Weather -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Snow removal -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • In January, 1910, when this picture was taken, snow shovelers were busy in front of Charles Cowalsky & Co. livery, 605-609 Walnut (later 607-609 W. Walnut), clearing the path for car No. 196. In 1910, 61.5 inches of snow fell in Milwaukee. Other...
    • Remember When...Boston Store had uniformed delivery?

    • Remember When...Boston Store had uniformed delivery?

    • Boston Store (Milwaukee, Wis.); Clinton Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Virginia Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); First Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Department stores -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Milwaukee (Wis.) Fire Department -- Buildings; Delivery of goods --...

    • Philip J. Fritsch of Milwaukee wonders how many readers can remember when Boston Store delivery men wore uniforms, in the early 1930s. This picture was taken in front of the Milwaukee Fire Department Repair Shop at Clinton and Virginia (later S....
    • Remember When...the City Hall cornerstone was laid?

    • Remember When...the City Hall cornerstone was laid?

    • City Hall (Milwaukee, Wis.); Public buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; City halls -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Municipal buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Brown, Thomas H.; Mayors -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Crowds -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • "With all the massive dignity, which makes granite the symbol of strength, the cornerstone of the new City Hall rests in its place of honor in the southeastern pier of that building." So read one newspaper account of the ceremony on Feb. 24,...
    • Remember When...taverns were headquarters for immigrants?

    • Remember When...taverns were headquarters for immigrants?

    • First Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Sixth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Slovenes -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Slovenian-Americans -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Lenko, John; Tratnik, Albert; Bars (Drinking establishments) -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Christmas...

    • It was Christmas time in 1924 when this picture was taken at a tavern at 379 1st Ave. (later 929 S. 6th St.), between Walker and Mineral Sts. The tavern was the headquarters for Slovenians. There they could obtain legal advice on becoming...
    • Remember When...the Historical Society's home was a bank?

    • Remember When...the Historical Society's home was a bank?

    • Milwaukee County Historical Society; First Wisconsin National Bank (Milwaukee, Wis.); Second Ward Savings Bank (Milwaukee, Wis.); Banks and banking -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Bank buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The building is still there but serves a different purpose now. The present home of the Milwaukee County Historical Society was a bank for many years. The site at what is now N. Plankinton and W. Kilbourn Aves., was the home of the Second Ward...
    • Remember When...groundbreaking was held for the library addition?

    • Remember When...groundbreaking was held for the library addition?

    • Libraries -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Public libraries -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Library buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Crowds; Time capsules; Milwaukee Public Library (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • There's more than one way to break ground. You can turn a spadeful of dirt or you can dig a hole and sink a capsule. The latter was the way the $3.5 million addition to the Central Library building in Downtown Milwaukee was launched on June 10,...
    • Remember When...taverns had hitching posts?

    • Remember When...taverns had hitching posts?

    • Appleton Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Burleigh Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Fond Du Lac Road (Milwaukee, Wis.); Tomter's Inn (Milwaukee, Wis.); John Trost's Saloon; Bars (Drinking establishments) -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Automobiles; Horse-drawn...

    • You could get to John Trost's place either by car or horsedrawn buggy. Once you were there, there was convenient parking for the latter by way of hitching posts along the front and side yards. We can assume that Trost was proud of his...
    • Remember When...'Remember when' began?

    • Remember When...'Remember when' began?

    • Courthouses -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Public buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Cathedral Square (Milwaukee, Wis.); Milwaukee County Courthouse.

    • The promotional advertisement that ran in The Milwaukee Journal on Nov. 12, 1963 - the day before the first appearance of the Green Sheet's "Remember when" feature, which pictured (above) the old Milwaukee courthouse - suggested that the series...

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