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    • Remember When...the Wisconsin State Fair was mostly tents?

    • Remember When...the Wisconsin State Fair was mostly tents?

    • Wisconsin State Fair Park; Wisconsin State Fair; Agricultural exhibitions -- Wisconsin

    • This was the main concession field at State Fair Park on opening day, Aug. 29, 1921. Despite prohibition (the beer tents served "near beer" that year), a crowd of 236,585 enjoyed the fair that week. That year, the event featured a horticulture...
    • Remember When...Espenhain's department store closed?

    • Remember When...Espenhain's department store closed?

    • Fourth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Espenhain Dry Goods Co.; Clothing trade -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The signs on Espenhain's proclaimed, "Going Out of Business Sale," "Espenhain's Quits Business," "Everything Must Go - the End Is Here." The reasons for such an ominous fate were told succinctly in one other sign - "Old Man Depression Has Us...
    • Remember When...downtown intersections were less busy?

    • Remember When...downtown intersections were less busy?

    • Twelfth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Walters Sinclair Service Station (Milwaukee, Wis.); Alabama Apartments (Milwaukee, Wis.); Hotel La Salle (Milwaukee, Wis.); Central business districts -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee;...

    • Antique car buffs may be able to approximate the era this photograph was taken as the late 1930s; many Marquette University alumni and other downtowners will recognize the site as the northeast corner of N. 12th St. and W. Wisconsin Ave. When this...
    • 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...the Scottish picnic was an annual tradition?

    • Remember When...the Scottish picnic was an annual tradition?

    • National Park (Milwaukee, Wis.); Parks -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Scots -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Scottish-Americans -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Crowds -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Dance

    • Milwaukee is familiar as a city of many ethnic groups and this picture shows in one way why that reputation is long-lived. The annual Scottish picnic was already a 25 year old tradition when this picture was taken at National Park on Aug. 5,...
    • Remember When...Schuster's had a store on Vliet St.?

    • Remember When...Schuster's had a store on Vliet St.?

    • Edward Schuster and Company (Milwaukee, Wis.); Twelfth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Vliet Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Department stores -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Milwaukee County (Wis.) -- Buildings; Automobiles

    • The department store that made Milwaukee famous by giving native speech the expression "I'm going by Schuster's," once had a store at N. 12th and W. Vliet St. That store had moved, in 1911, from the firm's first branch operation on 12th and...
    • Remember When...shrimp were 15 cents a can?

    • Remember When...shrimp were 15 cents a can?

    • Eisendrath's Grocery (Milwaukee, Wis.); Juneau Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Grocery trade -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • This photograph provides a small slice of life from April 1937, when it was taken. Eisendrath's Grocery was then at 2002 W. Juneau Ave. As with many neighborhood grocery stores, prices were painted on the window. The specials when this picture...
    • Remember When...Milwaukee County's second courthouse was torn down?

    • Remember When...Milwaukee County's second courthouse was torn down?

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

    • Although this may look like a bombing scene, it was really the razing of Milwaukee's second courthouse. As was Milwaukee's first courthouse, it was located in what is now Cathedral Square. Solomon Juneau and Morgan L. Martin gave the county the...
    • Remember When...this was the Union Depot?

    • Remember When...this was the Union Depot?

    • Union Depot (Milwaukee, Wis.); Reed Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Water Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Second Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Seeboth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Railroad stations -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Company --...

    • Milwaukee has had a number of train stations that have been called "union" depots or stations, although they have usually been the depots of the Milwaukee Road or its predecessors. This first Union Depot, at Reed and S. Water Sts. (now S. 2nd and...
    • Remember When...gasoline cost 18 to 20 cents a gallon?

    • Remember When...gasoline cost 18 to 20 cents a gallon?

    • Service stations -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Teutonia Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Hampton Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Gasoline prices -- Wisconsin; Automobiles

    • Cars stopping to fill up at this Deep Rock gasoline station could drive a long way on a dollar's worth of gas. The 1940 prices on the sign in this photograph were typical of that decade, but are now only a memory. The station, on the northwest...
    • Remember When...Becker Post yard was on Hampton Ave.?

    • Remember When...Becker Post yard was on Hampton Ave.?

    • Teutonia Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Hampton Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wood products -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; William M. Becker Poles and Posts (Milwaukee, Wis.); Becker Post and Lumber Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.); Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin --...

    • The Becker family farmed in the vicinity of Teutonia and Hampton Aves. before the 1900s, then operated a saloon at 4794 N Teutonia Ave. Prohibition closed that business, but the family opened a post yard at the same location, where this picture...
    • Remember When...men's clothing was tailor-made?

    • Remember When...men's clothing was tailor-made?

    • Garens Clothing Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.); Clothing trade -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Tailors -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Garens, George; Garens, George E.; Garens, William; Suits (Clothing); Men's clothing

    • Garens' Clothing Co., located in the 2800 block of W. North Ave. for nearly 50 years, sold "gentlemen's furnishings." George Garens began by riding the streetcar to his customers' homes for their fittings. Then, in 1903, the tailor opened a store...
    • Remember When...hamburgers were six for a quarter?

    • Remember When...hamburgers were six for a quarter?

    • Highland Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Becker's Bar (Milwaukee, Wis.); Becker, Peter; Filiput, Frank; Restaurants -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • In 1933, a dime would buy a hamburger and a cup of coffee at Peter Becker's restaurant at 730 W. Highland Ave. Hamburgers were a nickel, as the sign indicated, or six for a quarter. Becker, in white apron bow tie and cap, stood outside the place...
    • Remember When...Woolworth's building was Matthews Bros.?

    • Remember When...Woolworth's building was Matthews Bros.?

    • Third Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Matthews Bros. Building (Milwaukee, Wis.); Woolworth Building (Milwaukee, Wis.); Commercial buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; James Morgan & Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • Traffic is detouring around the building at N. 3rd St. and Wisconsin Ave. which for so many years was the downtown home of Woolworth's. This is how the site looked at the turn of the century. The Matthews Bros. Building was the only building on...
    • Remember When...theater fans went to the Bijou?

    • Remember When...theater fans went to the Bijou?

    • Bijou Opera House (Milwaukee, Wis.); Second Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Theaters -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The Bijou Opera House, on Second St. between Wisconsin Ave. and Michigan St., was the home of melodrama in Milwaukee at the turn of the century. The theater was part of a chain owned by Jacob Litt. According to one Milwaukee history, this...
    • Remember When...Grand Ave. didn't look all that grand?

    • Remember When...Grand Ave. didn't look all that grand?

    • Grand Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Sixth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Milwaukee Telephone Company -- Buildings; Street-railroads -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Corporations -- Headquarters -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee;...

    • Construction work on Grand Ave. (Wisconsin Ave.) and Sixth St. closed the street to traffic about 1907, when electric streetcar service was being improved. The next decade would be the heyday of the trolley, which had improved considerably since...
    • Remember When...traffic on the Lincoln Memorial Bridge looked like this?

    • Remember When...traffic on the Lincoln Memorial Bridge looked like this?

    • Lincoln Memorial Bridge (Milwaukee, Wis.); Bridges -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Prospect Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Mason Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Streets -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Automobiles; Roads -- Design and construction -- Wisconsin --...

    • When this photograph was taken in 1952, the Lincoln Memorial Bridge was undergoing repairs. Traffic moved slowly east over the bridge. N. Prospect Ave. and Mason St. are in the background. The bridge, linking Downtown with the lakefront and...
    • Remember When...the Republican House was the city's finest?

    • Remember When...the Republican House was the city's finest?

    • Republican House (Milwaukee, Wis.); Third Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Kilbourn Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Hotels -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • During its heyday, Milwaukee's Republican House with its 109 rooms was considered a marvel of luxury. In typical late 19th century style, its exterior featured towers, old fashioned fire escapes, balconies, flag poles and other ornate elements....
    • Remember When...the Republican House was the city's finest hotel?

    • Remember When...the Republican House was the city's finest hotel?

    • Republican House (Milwaukee, Wis.); Washington House (Milwaukee, Wis.); Third Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Kilbourn Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Hotels -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The Republican House, located on the northwest corner of 3rd St. and Kilbourn Ave., once was considered Milwaukee's finest hotel. It was a marvel of luxury. Designed by F. Velguth of Milwaukee, who was retained through successive remodelings, it...
    • Remember When...gas station pumps were inside?

    • Remember When...gas station pumps were inside?

    • Schmidt, Reinhold L.; Service stations -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; John G. Wollaeger Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • The automobile was just beginning to revolutionize transportation and the "filling station" was in its infancy when this photograph was taken in 1917. Reinhold L. Schmidt was the first employe at John G. Wollaeger's filling station at 4th and...

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