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    • Remember When...the Arena opened?

    • Remember When...the Arena opened?

    • Milwaukee Arena; Arenas -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Exhibition buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Square dancing -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Crowds

    • A weeklong program of events marked the opening of Milwaukee's new Arena in 1950. From April 9 through April 15, variety shows were presented each night featuring such entertainers as Frances Langford, Paul Whiteman and his orchestra, Art...
    • Remember When...the corner store sold groceries?

    • Remember When...the corner store sold groceries?

    • Teisl, Anton; Teisl, Amalia; Anton Teisl Grocery (Milwaukee, Wis.); Grocery trade -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • Before the days of supermarkets, people shopped at the corner grocery store. This Milwaukee store, seen in a 1925 photograph, shows the proud owners, Anton and Amalia Teisl, with an unidentified customer. A close examination of the shelves shows...
    • Remember When...Mitchell Park had this greenhouse conservatory?

    • Remember When...Mitchell Park had this greenhouse conservatory?

    • Mitchell Park (Milwaukee, Wis.); Conservatories -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Greenhouses -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Parks -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Plants

    • Ever since 1898 Milwaukeeans have been able to temporarily escape the harsh, bleak winter landscape by visiting Mitchell Park, one of the first parks in Milwaukee County. Mitchell Park’s old conservatory presented shows in a greenhouse setting...
    • Remember When...another circus parade dazzled downtown?

    • Remember When...another circus parade dazzled downtown?

    • Barnum and Bailey; Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows; Parades -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Third Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Horse-drawn vehicles; James Morgan Dry Goods

    • The last horse drawn wagon of Barnum's circus parade is just visible at the lower left, crossing 3rd St. and Grand Ave., now 3rd and Wisconsin, in front of James Morgan's Dry Goods House, whose sign advertises another location on E. Water St. And,...
    • Remember When...the Court of Honor looked like this?

    • Remember When...the Court of Honor looked like this?

    • Grand Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Ninth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Eleventh Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Streets -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Monuments -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Court of Honor (Milwaukee, Wis.);...

    • Motorists who pass it every day might find it difficult to believe that this peaceful street is now W. Wisconsin av., between N. 9th and N. 11th sts., Milwaukee's Court of Honor. Lovely trees lined the avenue, known as Grand av. in those days, and...
    • Remember When...downtown streets weren't so busy?

    • Remember When...downtown streets weren't so busy?

    • Broadway Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Miller Building (Milwaukee, Wis.); Spencerian Business College (Milwaukee, Wis.); Horse-drawn vehicles; Traffic signs and signals -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Buildings --...

    • Although the Model T had been on the market for over a decade, this downtown intersection scene from 1925 shows that Milwaukee streets were not yet automobile oriented. A horse drawn truck delivered goods for the Milwaukee Linen Supply Co. (whose...
    • Remember When...gas stations first had pagoda towers?

    • Remember When...gas stations first had pagoda towers?

    • Twenty-seventh Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wadham's Oil Corporation (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Service stations -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Boulevard Fire Proof Storage Inc. (Milwaukee, Wis.); F. J. Legois Mobilgas...

    • There aren't too many of these distinctive, Oriental style roofs left atop Milwaukee service stations. This picture shows an early variety of the architectural trend on the Wadhams Station at 27th and Wisconsin Ave., which was built in 1925. ...
    • 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...Wisconsin av. had cedar wood blocks?

    • Remember When...Wisconsin av. had cedar wood blocks?

    • Milwaukee Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Streets -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Public buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Street-railroads -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Police communication systems -- Wisconsin --...

    • Ladies stepped carefully when crossing streets intersecting Wisconsin av. to avoid twisting their ankles. Eight inch cedar wood blocks, on a two inch wood plank base, had replaced six inch blocks in 1890. These, in turn, were replaced with two...
    • Remember When...Lake park was a campers' mecca?

    • Remember When...Lake park was a campers' mecca?

    • Lake Park (Milwaukee, Wis.); Parks -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Outdoor recreation -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Camping -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • Although camping is steadily attracting more adherents in contemporary America, this scene shows that many people enjoyed "roughin' it" years ago. When this photograph was taken in the summer of 1924, weekend wanderers could find a pleasant shady...
    • Remember When...the city clerk's office had a spittoon?

    • Remember When...the city clerk's office had a spittoon?

    • City Hall (Milwaukee, Wis.); Milwaukee (Wis.) City Clerk; Leuch, Peter F.; Public buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; City halls -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Municipal buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The city clerk's office is still located in City Hall but looks a bit different from this 1915 picture. Nearly everything in the room would be an antique hunter's delight now - from the lighting fixture to the strategically placed spittoon. Peter...
    • Remember When...the School of Engineering was on Winnebago St.?

    • Remember When...the School of Engineering was on Winnebago St.?

    • Winnebago Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Milwaukee School of Engineering -- Buildings; Engineering schools -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Universities and colleges -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Engineers -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • Students came in all sizes to attend the School of Engineering of Milwaukee. All wore a sort of uniform back then - a three piece suit plus hat. This 1907 picture shows a group of engineers-to-be in front of the first home of the school, located...
    • 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...bank security was a simple matter?

    • Remember When...bank security was a simple matter?

    • First Wisconsin National Bank (Milwaukee, Wis.); Jefferson Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Banks and banking -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Banks and banking -- Security measures -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Trucks

    • Fashions in banking - vehicular and otherwise - really do change, as this 1929 photo shows. This First Wisconsin National Bank truck was being unloaded at the Milwaukee Post Office by Frank Paul (left), the driver; Leo Vogt, chief messenger, and...
    • Remember When...the Auditorium was new?

    • Remember When...the Auditorium was new?

    • Milwaukee Auditorium (Milwaukee, Wis.); Auditoriums -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Public buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Arts facilities -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Centers for the performing arts -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Exhibition buildings --...

    • This photograph is from a 1912 flyer touting the virtues of the then three year old Milwaukee Auditorium. It describes the main hall as one that could be "cleared for exhibition purposes" with floor space of 225 feet long, 100 feet wide and 65...
    • 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...it was a good day for sledding?

    • Remember When...it was a good day for sledding?

    • Milwaukee River (Wis.); Outdoor recreation -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Winter -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Sledding

    • The hot month of August is certainly an ideal time to recall activities of Milwaukee's cooler months - perhaps they can serve to redirect thinking or create a "mind over matter" approach to the dog days. This view of an excellent day for sledding...
    • Remember When...a brewery warehouse collapsed?

    • Remember When...a brewery warehouse collapsed?

    • Forsyth Leather Co. (Wauwatosa, Wis.); Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.); State Street (Wauwatosa, Wis.); Breweries -- Wisconsin -- Wauwatosa; Brewing industry -- Accidents -- Wisconsin -- Wauwatosa; Industrial accidents -- Wisconsin --...

    • The old Forsyth Leather Co. plant in the 6600 block of W. State St. - then occupied by the Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co. - was the scene of a disaster on Aug. 10, 1942, when a portion of the building, which was being used as a warehouse, collapsed. The...
    • Remember When...the Memorial Center site looked like this?

    • Remember When...the Memorial Center site looked like this?

    • Lincoln Memorial Bridge (Milwaukee, Wis.); Bridges -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Milwaukee (Wis.) -- Aerial photographs; Lincoln Memorial Drive (Milwaukee, Wis.); Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Statues -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Streets -- Wisconsin...

    • Head bowed, the Lincoln statue stood at the grand staircase of Lincoln Memorial bridge. The 10 and a half foot, 3,000 pound bronze statue had been placed there in 1934, after 20 years of fund collecting for its creation. Crowds milled around and...
    • Remember When...St. Mary's clock was handless?

    • Remember When...St. Mary's clock was handless?

    • Old St. Mary's Church (Milwaukee, Wis.); Catholic church buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Church buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Biddle Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Broadway Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Kilbourn Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Main...

    • It's unlikely any readers alive today will remember Old St. Mary's Church when it was new, for the church was started in 1846 - but this is too rare a photo to miss. Taken in 1868, it shows the new tower facade and rear sanctuary addition to the...

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