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    • Remember When...grocery stores sold oil lamps?

    • Remember When...grocery stores sold oil lamps?

    • Franklin Place (Milwaukee, Wis.); Baumann, Herman F.; Baumann, George; Grocery trade -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Sales personnel -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Herman F. Baumann, Grocer (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • A modern grocery store in 1910 - that's how George H. Baumann of Wauwatosa describes this picture of his father's business establishment on Milwaukee's East Side, 856 Franklin Pl. (later 1708 N. Franklin Pl.). This photo shows proprietor Herman F....
    • Remember When...troops drilled behind the old post office?

    • Remember When...troops drilled behind the old post office?

    • Michigan Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); World War, 1914-1918 -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Brever, Thomas H.; Soldiers -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Infantry drill and tactics -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • Thomas H. Brever, now of Rhinelander, wonders "how many of the boys are still around who may remember this pictures." "It was in early 1917," Brever recalls. "We used the field behind the old post office on Michigan St. for a drill field. A few...
    • Remember When...their business was sign hanging?

    • Remember When...their business was sign hanging?

    • Laacke, Richard T.; Peterson, John -- Family; Peterson Family; Florida Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); R. Laacke Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.); Laacke and Joys (Milwaukee, Wis.); Joys Brothers Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • This photo was taken in 1897, the year 18 year old Richard Laacke went into business for himself as a steeplejack, sign hanger and awning manufacturer. He is shown standing in the center of the John Peterson family. Peterson helped hang signs and...
    • 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...Munzinger brewed beer here?

    • Remember When...Munzinger brewed beer here?

    • Burrell Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Munzinger, Christian; C. H. Munzinger (Milwaukee, Wis.); Breweries -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Brewing industry -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Horse-drawn vehicles

    • Christian H. Munzinger had his brewery and bottling plant at 184-186 Burrell St. (later 2428-2432 S. Burrell St.), in the 1890's. As the picture indicates, his products were Weiss beer and mineral water. In later years, he was a soda dealer. ...
    • Remember When...toy and confectionary stores sold cigars?

    • Remember When...toy and confectionary stores sold cigars?

    • Confectionery -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Eleventh Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Eleventh Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Toy stores -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Andris, Andrew; Cigars

    • As you pushed the door open at such places, a little bell usually rang out to signal your arrival. And entering a wonderful toy shop like this one was no doubt a delightful occasion for children as well as adults. Whether you were "seriously...
    • Remember When...newsboys wore knickers?

    • Remember When...newsboys wore knickers?

    • Eleventh Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Eleventh Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Confectionery -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Toy stores -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Paperboys -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Milwaukee Journal

    • There were a few grins in the crowd, but in general these Journal carriers - dressed like so many knickered and visored little men, in the style of the times - evidently took their delivery duties quite seriously. They were photographed in front...
    • Remember When...Victorian was in style on Highland blvd.?

    • Remember When...Victorian was in style on Highland blvd.?

    • Zinn, Adolph; Kieckhefer, H. J.; Highland Boulevard (Milwaukee, Wis.); Streets -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Architecture, Victorian -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Manegold, Charles, Jr.

    • These examples of Victorian architecture were once the private residences of leading Milwaukee citizens on Highland blvd. between N. 29th and N. 30th sts. The house third from left was built in 1892 for malt tycoon Aldoph Zinn. It featured a...
    • Remember When...bakeries sold penny ice cream cones?

    • Remember When...bakeries sold penny ice cream cones?

    • William Schuster Bakery (Milwaukee,...

    • An ice cream parlor adjoined the William Schuster Bakery at the intersection of N. 16th and W. Hopkins Sts. in 1906. Small cones were a penny in those days, and large cones sold for a nickel. Ice cream sundaes were a dime. Schuster, standing in...
    • Remember When...grocers offered delivery service?

    • Remember When...grocers offered delivery service?

    • Retzer Bros. (Milwaukee, Wis.); Twenty-sixth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Twenty-first Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Sixth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Mineral Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Grocery trade -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Horse-drawn vehicles; Retzer,...

    • Before the days of the supermarket and evening shopping hours, it was quite common for the grocer to offer delivery service for the convenience of his customers. Retzer Bros. Grocers was right in style with a citywide delivery system. Routes went...
    • Remember When...Thanksgiving dinners were made from scratch?

    • Remember When...Thanksgiving dinners were made from scratch?

    • Retzer Bros.; Grocery trade -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Twenty-first Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); National Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Retzer, Albert; Retzer, Bernard

    • The pumpkin on the doorstep and the wishbones on the window of Retzer Bros. Quality Grocers reminded shoppers in 1908 that the feast was rapidly approaching. The Gold Medal Flour window display was another indication of the times. In those days,...
    • Remember When...downtown block looked like this?

    • Remember When...downtown block looked like this?

    • Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Broadway Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Street-railroads -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Central business districts -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Business enterprises -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Eastman Coal Company...

    • This photograph of the southwest corner of Wisconsin St. and Broadway in 1895 affords a glimpse of what life was like then. Dr. Swenk ("The Painless Dentist") was advertising his special service - "sets teeth on rubber - $6.50." Miller &...
    • Remember When...big silver cigars flew Milwaukee's skies?

    • Remember When...big silver cigars flew Milwaukee's skies?

    • Reliance (Airship); Airships; Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company; Wisconsin Gas Company; Maitland Field (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • You could look up and see a blimp on many occasions in Milwaukee's past. Pictured here is the Goodyear blimp "Reliance," which appeared in Milwaukee Aug. 14-16, 1935. Six passengers plus a pilot could fly in the lighter than air ship (top speed...
    • Remember When...lions guarded an East Side home?

    • Remember When...lions guarded an East Side home?

    • Franklin Place (Milwaukee, Wis.); Fitch, Eliot G; Diederichs, Edward; Koch, Henry C.; Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The twin lions flanking the classic entrance will help old timers identify this historic Milwaukee home. It's at 1241 N. Franklin Pl., and since 1943 has been owned by banker Eliot G. Fitch. The couchant guardians were made by Richard H. White,...
    • Remember When...11th and Wisconsin av. looked like this?

    • Remember When...11th and Wisconsin av. looked like this?

    • Eleventh Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Streets -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Marquette University -- Buildings; Johnston Hall (Milwaukee, Wis.); Mackie, William

    • The area of N. 11th st. and W. Wisconsin av., now near the heart of the city's bustling metropolitan area, was a peaceful residential district when this picture was taken in the first decade of the 20th century. Tall, stately trees lined the...
    • Remember When...Chapman's was rebuilt after a fire?

    • Remember When...Chapman's was rebuilt after a fire?

    • T. A. Chapman (Firm); Department stores -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Fires -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Construction and demolition debris -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • This photograph shows the beginning of work to rebuild the T.A. Chapman department store after it was almost totally destroyed by fire on Oct. 23, 1884. A newspaper account of the blaze reported: "The fire seemed to leap the entire length of the...
    • Remember When...shops lined 5th and State Sts.?

    • Remember When...shops lined 5th and State Sts.?

    • State Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Fifth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Milwaukee Rescue Mission; Automobiles; Snow; Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Commercial buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; John E. Kampe, Tailor (Milwaukee, Wis.);...

    • Milwaukee’s Auditorium opened in 1909, and in about 1912 someone stood on the north side of the building and took this photograph. Horse drawn vehicles shared State St. with modern automobiles. Between 4th and 6th Sts., where parking lots and a...
    • Remember When...hotels were homier, like the old Randolph?

    • Remember When...hotels were homier, like the old Randolph?

    • Hotel Randolph (Milwaukee, Wis.); Third Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Terminal Hotel (Milwaukee, Wis.); Randolph Gardens (Milwaukee, Wis.); Hotels -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Automobiles; Hotel Charlotte (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • The first Hotel Randolph, located on the east side of 3rd St. between Wisconsin and Wells, was an inviting building with decorative glass windows and wrought-iron balconies. Charles Clayton Randolph, who had worked for the Schlitz Hotel and Palm...
    • Remember When...building lobbies were as ornate as this?

    • Remember When...building lobbies were as ornate as this?

    • Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company -- Buildings; Loyalty Building (Milwaukee, Wis.); Corporations -- Headquarters -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Office buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Staircases; Architecture -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee;...

    • In his "Heritage Guidebook," architectural historian H. Russell Zimmerman calls the lobby of the formal Northwestern Mutual Insurance Building, now the Loyalty Building, "one of the best preserved and most spectacular 19th century commercial...
    • Remember When...the 'family room' looked like this?

    • Remember When...the 'family room' looked like this?

    • Smith, Amos A. L.; Lawyers -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Music rooms and equipment -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Living rooms -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Interior decoration -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • Imagine! No television, VCR, stereo, CD player, boom box, computer or even radio. Perhaps a telephone in the back of the house somewhere, but otherwise only books, art items and the piano - quiet, refined comfort known to few. This photo was...

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